Other Marathon Ideas (non RD)

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  1. LikelyLynae

    LikelyLynae Earning My Ears

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    Dang it. I told myself I would pull back from races to focus on time and then you had to mention all these races near me.... Wrightesville Beach sounds like such fun though...
     
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  2. ChipNDale86

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    Wrightsville is a great local race. I highly recommend it especially if you are looking for something in the spring that is flat! And downtown Wilmington is a fun place to explore before or after the race. I'll be there again this year!
     
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  4. Nole95

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    So many good recommendations so far. Lots to think about. Took a look at the Colorado Marathon page, and boy does that look like a beautiful course. Also any race that is in a town with that many beer breweries gets extra points.

    Flying Pig looks like it would be a fun race.

    We've looked at Marine Corp before, but it usually does not fall at a good time for us.
     
  5. jubjubrsx

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    LA was one of my favorite races of all time I really enjoyed it, out of my 10 marathons now, its the only one I said I would like to go back and do.

    god I hate this race, hate SF, just ugh I hate this place so much. I've done the SF marathon and never again, never, between the horrible roads, the hills, the sewage smell, not as many people cheer you on, the homeless people all over the place, its super expensive in SF and getting anywhere can be difficult if you dont have a car, and even then traffic is aweful. this is by far my least enjoyable race. As a side note, I used to live in the SF Bay Area (about 1hr away) and ran the rock n roll, giants races, hot chocolate.

    I've done Marine Corps which wasnt bad. Such a big race, it was crazy. feel this is a one and done.

    I highly recommend the Space Coast marathon its beautiful. As another side note, I just moved to florida 6 months ago, if you are in the area St. Pete Runfest (half) is pretty as well.

    I would LOVE to do the chicago marathon. I did a half there and loved it, maybe its the deepdish/hotdogs/italian beef could of influenced this a bit to.
     
  6. Wendy98

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    Well I am just a teensy bit partial, but Flying Pig all the way.
     
  7. John VN

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    Space Coast is launching a new series with HUGE medals.

    We had a fun time doing Kentucky Derby some years ago. My first M&M McFlurry stop detour.

    McFlurry John
     
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  8. GreatLakes

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    I like the multi race challenges as well. Some I've done in addition to the Flying Pig 3-way challenge:

    Cleveland Marathon Challenge Series: They have a 5K/10K, 8K/Half, and 8K/Full. I've done the 8K/Half the past two years and will be doing the 5K/10K this year.
    Illinois Marathon I-Challenge: They have 4 but I did the 5K/Half
    Frederick Running Festival Nut Job Challenge: 5K/Half challenge. I believe there is also a multi-race challenge you can do with this race and Baltimore but I never did that one.
    Gasparilla Distance Challenge: They have a few official multi-race options but I wanted to do the 5K and Half so I just registered for both.
    Akron Race Series: This one is multiple races spread throughout the year. I did the 8K/Half?Half the first year when it was called the Rubber City Race Series.

    And I few I have not done myself but are on the list to finish eventually:
    Towpath Trilogy: This is another series that involves multiple races throughout the year. I've run components of the series but never the series as a whole.
    Flying Pirate Double Dare: It looks like the site isn't set yet for 2018 but if you click the register link you can see they still have the 5K and half challenge.

    If anyone has any others I'm always looking to add a few to the calendar.
     
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  9. Nole95

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    If Space Coast wasn’t on Thanksgiving weekend, it would definitely be on my list. That timing just does not work out well for us.
     
  10. jennamfeo

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    Why does it have to be on a Sunday?! That's a perfect weekend to not have to take work off for a race, but would be better if it was on Saturday.
     
  11. IamTrike

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    Here's the fulls I've done and how I would rank them.

    1. NY marathon. It is rediculously hard to get into, but it is unlike any other marathon I've run. The crowd support is unparalleled and the course is great, but it's kind of a pain logistically.

    2. Disneyworld. I don't think this needs more explanation

    3. Chicago. This is another big race. We stayed across the street from the start in the Hilton. The course was relatively flat and very fast there was good crowd support and the logistics were setup well. It also was a great city for a destination race

    4. Marine Corps. Pros: The Blue mile is unlike anything in any other race. I would do this race again for that. The course is pretty scenic and it's a decent town for a destination race. Cons. Logistically this race didn't seem as well as put together as the 3 above. There was a distinct lack of port of potties, people self place themselves in the corrals, the course is really tight and curvy making it very hard to run good tangents.

    5. Outerbanks Marathon. This is a nice flat full. It's much smaller than races 1-4 and while some of the course is scenic there are parts of it that are on highway.

    6. Medoc Trail Marathon. This race is a lot of fun. It's a trail race, they cook you lunch and a bunch of the runners camp out at the course all weekend. They give great finishers suprises.

    I'm looking at the Burmuda Marathon for my next destination marathon.
    I've heard outstanding things about Richmond in fact our pastor's wife BQ'd there this year.
    The Shamrock Marathon in VA beach is one of Virginia's oldest marathons. It's a fun race and it has one of the most insane challenges, the king Neptune challenge. You finish the half in less than 1:46 then go back through the chutes and run the full marathon.
     
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    Some races that I have researched and heard were good to great races are, the Celebration Marathon. Not in Disney but close enough to go for a visit without the expense of a Disney race. :rolleyes1 The Miami Marathon is have heard is excellent. Seattle is supposed to be a great race too. Twin Cities has been mentioned. I would make a suggestion. I don't know if you are a podcast listener or not. But go listen to old episodes of the Marathon Show with Joe. Not the ones with Eddie McCoy. Joe runs the courses and does a good review of the races. You get firsthand knowledge of the races he does and he used to do some big ones. I find the episodes very uplifting on top of it so they are great on runs.
     
  13. LikelyLynae

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    Has anyone run Conquor the Cove in Roanoke?? Wondering how difficult the course really is.
     
  14. kevdad

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    I highly recommend the Vancouver and Victoria marathons. While Victoria is a bit tougher to reach, both offer flat courses, decent spectator showings (Vancouver better than Victoria), great scenery, lots of on-course support, and fun/interesting things to do before and after. Victoria is a loop course that starts in the heart of the city while Vancouver is point-to-point which requires a bit of a trek to the start with a finish downtown. I had never been to either city and fell in love with both. Running the marathon was a great way to see so much more of the city than you would otherwise including some diverse residential neighborhoods and coastal areas.
     
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    I just noticed you said "U.S.", sorry about that!
     
  16. garneska

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    I loved Vancouver when I visited before a cruise. I had looked about doing the marathon to go back for a run cation was wondering how that Marathon was.
     
  17. Keels

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    I only ran the inaugural (spelled it right first try!!!!!) year - but a fun fall half in Florida is the Cocoa Beach Half. The course is nice and includes running on the beach, and the race is themed to “I Dream of Jeannie”, complete with a bottle medal.
     
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    That ruins your chances of ever working at rD :)
     
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    I don’t understand the words you are saying to me ...
     
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  20. michigandergirl

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    Another vote for Detroit! Neat course and well run. Lots of hotels within walking distance of start line and big airport.

    Grand Rapids marathon (my hometown) - the number of breweries is mind blowing - aka Beer City USA! :drinking1
     
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    My 2 votes (I've only done the half for these 2 races, but both have a full marathon option as well):

    1) The Philadelphia Marathon (the one in November, not the Rock n Roll Philadelphia race): Lots of crowd support (particularly in the hilly Drexel hills area, since a lot of the students from Drexel/Penn are out there cheering on the runners), you run past all the major sites, including Old City, and end at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's a large race but not as crowded on the course as say Disney races, which I was surprised about since I ran the year the NYC Marathon was cancelled and they created 2 corrals last minute for displaced NYC Marathon runners. Weather can be either perfect and in the 50s, or much cooler. I'm not sure if the current Philadelphia mayor does this, but when Mayor Nutter was still the mayor, he would always be at the start line, offering high fives to any and every runner who started that day.

    2) Rock N Roll Las Vegas (also in November). Fun race! It's one of only 2 nights of the year where they close down The Strip. Lots of crowd support, and you run past all of the major sites along the Strip and in the downtown Las Vegas area. It's also a night race, which is fun so you can really appreciate all of the neon lights. Before the race start, they have a free (well, for people running the race) concert; the year I did it, they had Snoop Dogg, but usually it's someone from the rock genre.
     
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