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Marathon 

Month

Comments
Alabama
First Light-Mobile Dec Great costumes
Alaska
Mayor's Midnight Jun
Arizona
Tucson Dec Mostly downhill
Rock & Roll, Phoenix Jan Great marathon to run. Plenty of competition, awesome bands, and crowd support most of the way-Jerry Rief
Arkansas
Arkansas-Malvern Oct Great race-Fran Drozdz
Midsouth-Wynne Nov
Mountain Home for Kenya Nov Wonderful hospitality, great cause
Little Rock Feb Welcomes 50 States Marathon Club, free group photo to club members
California
Big Sur Apr Beautiful, tough course
San Francisco Jul Difficult, runs across Golden Gate Bridge
Colorado
Durango Oct Very scenic, friendly to 50 States Marathon Club members
Fort Collins May Downhill course
Connecticut
Hartford Oct Fall foilage
Delaware
MADCC-Trail Marathon Sep Trail run, scenic, not well marked
Delaware Marathon May Really well organized, started & largely attended by 50 State Marathon Club members
Florida
Disneyworld Jan Great medal, now has Goofy Marathon and a Half
Clearwater Feb Discount to club members
Ocala Feb welcomes club members
Georgia
Tybee Island Feb Flat and fast, run around a lighthouse, 2 loops
Hawaii
Kona Jun Most of the course is the same as Ironman course
Idaho
City of Trees Well done
Mesa Falls Aug Beautiful course
Illinois
Chicago Oct Fast and full of runners
Indiana
Sunburst Jun
Tecumseh Trail Dec
Iowa
Tim Tam 50K May
Marathon to Marathon Jun smell the pig perfume while you run
Louis & Clark-Sioux City Oct great organized marathon for a first year marathon. Some challenging hills, but probably the best marathon in Iowa-Jerry Rief
Kansas
Wichita Oct
Kentucky
Louisville Oct Runs on the river
Kentucky Derby Apr Great course-Ray Shaulis
Louisiana
Mardi Gras--New Orleans Feb Very supportive to 50 States Marathon Club
Baton Rouge Nov Excellent food; a great runner's marathon
Maine
Portland Oct
Maryland
B&A Trail Mar Scenic, cold
Massachusetts
Boston Apr Classic, incredible spectators, met my wife there (Steve Boone)
Michigan
Bayshore May Flat, fast      visit Makinac Island after
Detroit Oct Great finish - Ford Field, see yourself on Jumbotron (Meg Wolfers)
Grand Rapids Oct Race director is amazing, it's a fast and flat course and back of the pack friendly (Nicole Casaletto)
Martian Mar Gives members a special shirt
Minnesota
Grandma's Jun
Twin Cities Oct Friendly people, fast course, few hills
Mississippi
Tupelo Sep Very hot, great shirt
Missouri
Kansas City Oct Hilly
Montana
Montana--Billings Sep Downhill
Grizzly Aug Tough course, but very scenic and fun to do
Nebraska
Lincoln May Great event
Nevada
Las Vegas Feb Great way to spend all your change, boring course
New Hampshire
New Hampshire--Bristol Oct
New Jersey

Jersey Shore--Long Branch

May Runs along the ocean
New Mexico
Duke City--Albuquerque Sep Great pasta party and shirts
Shiprock--Farmington May Great awards
New York
New York City Nov Great crowds-Ed Hahn
Rochester May Flat, beautiful course
Casino Niagara Oct Buffalo, NY to Niagara Falls, ONT Great scenery - run along Niagara River to the Falls (Meg Wolfers)
North Carolina
Ellerbe Springs Mar All the hills you'll ever need
North Dakota
Bismarck Sep Flat fast course with pizza afterwards
Ohio
Flying Pig May Hilly, great medal, cute t-shirt-Paula Boone
Air Force Sep Fantastic, unique medal
Oklahoma
Tulsa Nov Club event, great pasta party, shirt lists your name, flat, fast
Oregon
Newport Jun Flat, fast, beautiful course
Columbia River Gorge--Hood River Jun Hard marathon
Pennsylvania
Steamtown--Scranton Oct Challenging hills throughout course, but still managed to find my PR here - Kara Campbell
Erie Sep Easy, flat course
Rhode Island
Ocean State--Providence Oct Runner friendly
South Carolina
Myrtle Beach Feb Flat, fast, and great value at off season resorts
Kiawah Island Dec Great scenery
South Dakota
Mt. Rushmore--Rapid City Oct Runner friendly
Deadwood Jun Beautiful course
Tennessee
Country Music--Nashville Apr hilly
Memphis Dec hilly
Texas
Austin Feb Downhill, great post race party  
Houston Jan Fast but can be hot
Sunmart Endurance (50K/50M) Dec One of the best ultras, pre/post race dinner, great goodies
Utah
St George Oct Beautiful, downhill, few hills, sandstone medal
Top of the Utah--Logan Sep Downhill
Deseret News--Salt Lake Jul Downhill
Salt Lake City Apr Easy course
Vermont
Vermont City May Well done
Stowe Sep Greatly improved
Green Mountain Oct Run on an island near the water-John Dietrich
Virginia
Richmond Nov Runners' World calls it "America's friendliest marathon" and lists as as "must do"-Fran Gilday
Marine Corps Oct A must run
Washington
Yakima Apr You'll feel very welcome, great scenery
West Virginia
Hatfield McCoy--Williamson, WV Jun Great small town marathon, can be used for WV or KY
Wisconsin
Green Bay Jun Runs through Packer Stadium
Paavo Nurmi--Hurley, WI Aug Beautiful Northwoods scenery (Meg Wolfers)
Milwaukee Lakefront Oct Small, friendly, organized very scenic, fast course (Kathy Murgas)
Wyoming
Wyoming Marathon May difficult and scenic course
Casper Jun

 

   


 

 


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