On Labor Day this past September I ran the Heart of America Marathon in Columbia, Missouri. This a smaller race with only 142 runners who finished this year. The race was well supported for its size.
Since the inaugural race in 2008, the Madison Marathon has continued to grow and host runners from 40 states and several countries. They have a 200 runner capacity due to US Forest Service policy which regulates the number of runners on public land because of the pristine ecosystem on the Gravelly Range in the Beaverhead- Dearlodge National Forest.
The Big Sky Marathon is billed as the “Second Longest Downhill Road Marathon on Planet Earth”. I’m not sure how they certify that. It covers part of the Madison Marathon which takes place the previous day. The bus takes you up to about 8,600 feet and then you run down to the town of Ennis, Montana. There is a net elevation drop of 3,651 feet!
The course was really nice, flat and scenic with trees and flowers in bloom. It was well marked with volunteers or police at every intersection or turn. It went by ND State University, through some beautiful residential areas, through Lynnwood Park, crossed the Red River into Moorhead, MN and went by Moorhead State University, Concordia College and back through downtown Fargo and more residential areas. Fortunately much of the course was shaded because the weather started in the low 60’s and sunny and got to nearly 80 degrees by noon.
April showers meant soggy runners. But the amazing crowd support, fast course and post-race goodies more than made up for it.
I just ran my 44th marathon and collected my 35th state in my 50 state goal. The New Jersey coast is beautiful, unfortunately it rained the entire 26.2 miles and I was underdressed (I was trying to be minimalistic in my packing). I have never been so cold during a race! Other than that, it was a great marathon.
After 42 marathons and ultras I’ve gotten to the point where finishing a marathon is not in doubt. Dare I say that I’ve gotten a bit overconfident about marathons because they’ve become fairly easy for me if I’m not trying to set a PR. The New South Trail Marathon was a good lesson in respecting the distance and the course for me.
The well-organized race is great value to runners — nice tech shirt, strong communication, PR bell to ring and a great post-race party.
They gave out a really nice medal, long sleeve race shirt and had good post-race food (chocolate milk, chips, turkey/cheese wraps, yogurt, oranges, and bananas). I sat for a while and ate before getting on the race shuttle to head to the car and drive to Phoenix. Even though the heat and hills got to me I really enjoyed my experience at the Lost Dutchman Marathon and would recommend this event.
This race is billed as the “fastest marathon course in the south” and rated the Top 10 Fastest by Runner’s World. It has a 6 hour time limit for the full; 3 hour for the half and also featured a 5k. I was able to travel to Jacksonville, FL to visit a friend for a few days during the holiday and by chance found this marathon to do while I was there (because doesn’t everyone search for races at their trip destinations). I registered for the race about one week out and it was still a reasonable $80. I love a good bargain!
This year was the 40th Anniversary of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.. In this race recap we give the history of this amazing marathon and talk with a retired Marine colonel who has ran it every year since its inception.
This was the 31st state for me in my 50 state marathon goal. The race offers multiple events over two days, friendly volunteers, a well-supported course, and AWESOME post race food.
I started to hurt in my upper hamstrings and hip flexors by mile 25 and got a little mentally discouraged with half of the distance still to go. Soon after, I met a lady named Shirley who was running her first 50 miler for her 50th birthday—she was a real boost and told me about the wonders of Mountain Dew for energy. By mile 40 I was still hurting but not worse than earlier which was encouraging. I walked hills and ran the flats and downhills—but as time went on what I classified as a hill was very broad. I re-met up with Shirley around mile 45 and we ran the final way together and finished strong in 10:05:07 (I was 19th of 57 women).
Beautiful scenery, hilly trails and scrumptious aid station food await those willing to try a challenging course in race distances from 50 miles to 5K
Looking for a BQ or PR? This flat and fast course will fit the bill, while the cost is affordable especially given the swag and post-race food.
New South Trail Marathon
Mar 26, 2016
Jul 23, 2016
Big Sky Marathon
Jul 24, 2016
Heart of America Marathon
Sep 8, 2016
Sep 11, 2016
North Face Endurace Challenge Madison
Sep 17, 2016
Des Moines Marathon
Oct 16, 2016
Marine Corps Marathon
Oct 30, 2016
Jacksonville Bank Marathon
Dec 18, 2016
Lost Dutchman Marathon
Feb 19, 2017
Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon
Mar 19, 2017
Apr 22, 2017
New Jersey Marathon
Apr 30, 2017
The Fargo Marathon
May 20, 2017