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    Novant Health Charlotte Marathon
    Sat 16th Nov
    2 reviews
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    Novant Health Charlotte Marathon

    70 W 3rd St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USAView event
    2 reviews
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    • Did the event in 2018

      My husband and I ran this race as a part of a relay team. We were well trained and my leg of the race went great and I loved my leg of the race. Even with the hills, I finished well under my goal pace. My concerns with this race are more with the inconsistencies.
      My brother picked up our bibs at the expo the day before for the relay team. The shirts were very small. I normally always order a men's shirt because the women's are also cut small. When my brother got all of our stuff he said they had a medium men's and a women's large for us. Neither of those sizes we're what we ordered. Also the men's medium was larger than my women's large :( My leg of the relay exchange was great. Well staffed, orgainized and made me think the whole race was super well done. I picked up my bag of snacks and went to the next relay excahnge to get my husband. This next exchange was very under staffed. The bags of snacks were on the ground under the table, with no one maning it. The only reason my husband got one was because I told him they were for the relay runners. This exchange was at the 10 mile timing mat, which threw off the timing wristband exchange. (Some people changed before the timing mat, some people after). Once my husband and I finished, we drove back downtown to meet my mom and dad and wait on the rest of our relay team to finish. The website had adveristed that you got you medal at the exchange points. We learned a couple of days before the race from an unofficial Instagram post that this had been changed to make it "more fun" for everyone to run in together and get the medals together at the end. This meant we we're waiting for our whole team to come in at the finish for another 2 hours. Since I started, I knew that there were lots of tents and a stage set up so I guessed we would have plenty to do. When we got back to the finish line, 2 hours after the start... It was already starting to close down. Booths were kind of out of stuff and lots of tables were empty. So we walked to a Starbucks and waited ( along with about 100 other people). I really had wanted to buy a shirt to replace my comically small one, but they were not even selling Charlotte Marathon merchandise...
      As the hours dragged on, my initial excitement about this race wore off. The crowds really died down once the half marathoners finished. The announcer at the finish did a really great job of staying exciting and calling out names of finishers. The racejoy app was a nice touch and helped us stay connected throughout the whole race. At the end, we finished and ran across the finish line together, and got our 5 medals. This was most disappointing to me. There were no finish line photos (no course photography at all actually) but you could wait in line to get a photo with a backdrop. The finisher food was sorely disappointing. Banana and granola bar ... The exact same as in my bag earlier. The race website had mentioned more for the finish (no chocolate milk!). My mom, who had waited at the finish line all day, told me that there was alot more at the finish but the 5k finishers we're taking things by the bag full because the finisher food was unmanned. We finished our relay in 4:30 and it was really starting to empty out. This would not be a Marathon to run slow because I can not imagine that anything would still be happening an 1.5 after we left.
    • Did the event in 2017

      I can this race with my running club, it was our goal race.
      The Expo was fairly easy to get to and there was a designated parking garage with an expo rate. I parked easily and had some Starbucks while I waited for my friend to show up.
      The Expo had a lot of vendors. There was a fun booth to make a 360' video with props that we had fun with. The bib pickup was easy and they had markers so you could write your name on them. The shirts were also easy to pickup. I'm wasn't a fan of the shirt, but they had nice merch so I bought one there.
      Lots of vendors with giveaways, race ideas, gear, photo ops etc. My swag bag was overflowing!
      Race morning we parked easily and walked a short distance to the race start. It was cold! We started on time, and the half and full runners ran together for the first 11 or 12 miles.
      The course was well marked, safe, and beautiful. Definitely hilly though!
      The finish was well run. They had a background for photos, food and drinks, and a huge bottle of chocolate milk. A DJ was playing music and there was plenty of places lounge around and wait.
      They are very strict about the time limit and will take down the finish line right when they say they will.
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    Williams Route 66 Marathon
    Sun 24th Nov
    19 reviews
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    Williams Route 66 Marathon

    202 S Boulder Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103, USAView event
    19 reviews
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    • Did the event in 2018

      First. I HATE writing bad reviews. I've delayed writing this review to "cool off" a bit. This was one of the worst half marathon experiences I've ever had. I heard that there was a race director change with 2018, so maybe that explains a bit of it? I'm not doing 50 states, but a friend of mine is and this was one of the races I agreed to meet her at this year for a racecation. We stayed at the aLoft hotel and I highly recommend it. It is right next to the Convention Center and easy to get everywhere. The staff there was also pretty great. With some course changes, it was further away from the start/finish than we expected, but we made it work.Expo: I'd agree with others that it is small-medium in size. It had the basic essentials if you forgot something.Swag: This was our first pitfall of the weekend. We did the 2 day challenge, so the 5K on Saturday and then 13.1 on Sunday. I gave 3 stars only because I do really like the light hoodie that we got for the 5K. The fit was spot on and it is soft and comfy. I normally get a XL unisex shirt, which is roomy, but not too big and that is what I got here. I know I'll wear it a lot. However...the jacket was a disaster. Which is sad, because I've seen jackets from past years in person and they were really nice! The 2018 jacket was really cheap and the zipper keeps catching on the material. I haven't broken mine yet, but I know several others that broke their zippers the weekend of the race. Then there was the sizing. WAY off! I have a larger chest, so I thought I'd be good if I got the XXXL women's jacket. No such luck. It was SUPER small! And there was a buzz going around at the Expo that you should get your jacket ASAP because they were so far off on sizing that they were running out of jackets in the larger sizes at the exchange table. So we booked it over there. A friend of mine who is normally an XL ended up getting my XXXL jacket. Yup. Two sizes too small! It fit her perfectly. They were totally out of XXXL women's jackets (mind you...this was Friday afternoon with there still Saturday Expo to go), so she only got a jacket because I was turning mine in. Unfortunately, they were out of anything bigger than a Men's XL. I tried it. The arms were too big, but I couldn't get it to even come close to closing. I went to the manager and asked if they were going to re-order more jackets since they were out of them so early and the sizing was so off. She said no, but then she snuck me a XXXL men's jacket in exchange for the XL one. I took it. Didn't even try it on right there. Just ran with it! The arms are super long and too big, but the torso fits perfect. WTH???Transportation: We were lucky and had a ride (to and from) from a local friend of a friend for the 5K. The start for the Half Marathon was close enough that we walked. There was supposed to be a shuttle bus from the finish back to our hotel. At the expo, our hotel was listed on the sign as a stop. After the race, we were frozen and hungry (more on that later). We went to the shuttle buses and none of them were going to the aLoft hotel. Huh? Of course they were! It was on the sign! We had a photo of the sign! What was worse was, no one around the buses had a clue. No one could help us. We showed them the photo of the sign. They still couldn't help us. The best we could do was right a shuttle to the Doubletree hotel then walk back to the aLoft. That at least got us closer. Ugh. Weather: Yes. The weather sucked. It was around 60 in the days leading up to and the day after the half marathon and like 25 degrees with strong winds the day of the half. This I cannot fault a race for. I'm a good weather stalker and I'm lucky I can check a bag due to heavy air travel. I brought ALL THE CLOTHING OPTIONS. So although the cold was miserable, I was prepared. Not a real issue. Race: I agreed to come to this race for a few reasons. One...I grew up by Route 66 in Illinois and my Dad has a thing for Route 66. I thought it would be cool. Two...It was supposedly a walker friendly race. Three...I'm a Half Fanatic and was looking forward to the Half Fanatic stuff. The first 7 miles were pretty fun! I realized with the cold weather that crowd support would likely be low. The ones that were out were super fun! I had heard there was a lot of alcohol along the course and for those first 7 miles there was. I spotted jello shots and that shot of fireball really hit the spot with the cold weather! There was also a super fun house with a skiing selfie stop. Complete with foam "snow" in the air! Gotta give them props! Then around mile 7, the cops moved us to the sidewalk. Say what???? MILE 7!!!!! Plus, they were jerks about it (I'm normally the one running up to police on the course shaking their hand and thanking them). One grey Camaro was even spinning its wheels when it would take off. They tried to force us to the sidewalk, but there was yellow tape blocking off the sidewalk. That was interesting. There were still a ton of us around and I was trying to do a run/walk. Of course, that was impossible on a residential sidewalk with 2-3 people thick trying to walk on the sidewalk. One of the parts of the course that I was most looking forward to was the tunnels. You got to run through these tunnels. The people just in front of me were able to run through the tunnels. Of course, I was in the first group of people to be RE-ROUTED onto a bike path that went up and over the tunnels. Lovely...more hill. Listen, as a solid back of the packer, I don't mind getting sent to the sidewalk. That has happened before and will happen again. But it is usually in the last mile or so. NOT at mile SEVEN. They closed that course a LOT earlier than they should have. I looked back at my Garmin and I was ahead of the 16:30 pace they advertise. The only thing I can think of is that they closed the course based on the Coral A start, not from when the last person started. Also, they have a 6.5 hour limit for the full marathon, but don't state an overall limit for the half. Just the pace. Half of 6.5 hours is 3 hours 15 minutes. I would NEVER sign up for a half marathon with that short of a time limit as my PR is 3 hours 16 minutes. My fault for believing the marketing that it was walker friendly. I just wanted to finish this thing, go back to my hotel, warm up and get home. I wanted it over.Finish Line Area: So I have been battling Plantar Fasciitis. Of course, with the hills toward the end, it was flaring up. Right after I crossed the finish line, I looked for the medical tent. I really needed some assistance with my foot. I was hopping at that point, so it was pretty obvious I needed some help. I never found that medical tent. I was told later that there was one. It should be better marked. Next, I did make it to the food area. There were no bananas left. Just cold pizza and orange slices. Lovely. And may I say that this is when there was still a lot of people left out on the course for the full marathon?Half Fanatics: I mentioned I was a Half Fanatic and this is a big race for this organization. As a member, I got access to the VIP tent after the finish. I do wish it was closer to the finish line! They did have some food and drink. Which was good. I wish they had heaters, but really I was so glad to be out of the cold wind and sit down a bit! I also got an extra medal as a member and that is where we picked those up. I'm so glad they had that tent there as I am not sure what I would have done without it!I spoke with friends who were faster and they definitely had better experiences than I did during the actual race. So keep that in mind. If you are a faster runner, then you will probably be just fine. But if you are a walker...think twice about this race.
    • Did the event in 2018

      So my review for the 5K is VERY different than my review for the Half Marathon. I had a good experience with the 5K. Luckily we had a local friend to drive us to/from the 5K and parking wasn't an issue. It was a nice loop of downtown and Tulsa has some great graffiti/wall art - which I LOVE taking photos of! There were no issues with the course. It was hilly, but I'm used to hilly and expected it. The weather was great (although you could flip a coin for weather in November in Tulsa), so we got lucky there. They do have a really good beer sponsor and you get two nice sized glasses for the 5K. The medal is nice too. The 2018 light hoodie was sized right (unisex sizing) and super soft. I wear it a LOT! Expo isn't the biggest, but it has the essentials. No huge complaints about the 5K. Didn't see Route 66 at all though!
    • Did the event in 2018

      While it was not the 26-mile party I was led to believe it would be, it was a fun race and a great weekend long event that I enjoyed and would run again.Perhaps because of the weather (30's and wet) the crowd support was not as much as I was hoping, but there was some small pockets of parties and everyone who I did see was very enthusiastic and, yes, there was lots of alcohol on course. I enjoyed Fireball and jello shots, but there was also lots of beer, mimosas and other liquor offered by spectators who were really having a good time and made the course fun. The course is also fun on its own, as it meanders through all the neighborhoods and sites of Tulsa, along the river and through university campuses and downtown. The race was fun, but I really like the rest of the event throughout the weekend. There are shorter races on Saturday, along with a good expo and various panels and talks. A highlight was seeing and running with running legend Bart Yasso who announced the races, gave talks and organized a shakeout run on Saturday. The swag and medals are also great, and everything is organized well. It was the little touches throughout the weekend and the unique aspects like the Center of the Universe Detour that made it an enjoyable event overall that I'm happy to have run.
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    Space Coast Marathon & Half-Marathon
    Sun 1st Dec
    7 reviews
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    Space Coast Marathon & Half-Marathon

    430 Delannoy Ave, Cocoa, FL 32922, USAView event
    7 reviews
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    • Did the Marathon in 2018

      Overall well done, definitely get to the start area early because otherwise it's very jammed up with runners/spectators. North half is a bit hilly, so don't go out too fast. South half is very flat and easy.
    • Did the North Course HalfMarathon in 2018

      For the cost I was expecting more in the expo, and in the T shirtss fabric.
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    Palm Beaches Marathon
    Fri 6th Dec
    Palm Beach, FL, United States
    7 reviews
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    Palm Beaches Marathon

    243 Cocoanut Walk, Palm Beach, FL 33480, USAView event
    7 reviews
    About the event
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    • Did the event in 2018

      This is a nice course and a good way to end the year. It is a decent size race with a majority of the runners running the half marathon. The aid stations are a bit small, so prepare to not have the opportunity to grab water in the early miles. I have been doing this race for years and happy that it is still going on...they have changed management a few times now. Overall I like this race but it can often be very hot and humid. I treat this race as a training run...not a half to race.
    • Did the event in 2017

      Fitteam Palm Beach Marathon 2017 was the best year ever for this race. The course was flat & fast. Weather started off cool & didn’t heat up till later on in the morning. The best thing about the race was that it wasn’t just one day event but a whole weekend of fun activities. 5k on Friday night, Sister Hazel concert on Saturday & fireworks both nights. There was some delicious food for the finishers and beverages - mimosas for adults. Very well done & lots of fun before, during and after the race!
    • Did the event in 2017

      Fitteam Palm Beach Marathon 2017 was the best year ever for this race. The course was flat & fast. Weather started off cool & didn’t heat up till later on in the morning. The best thing about the race was that it wasn’t just one day event but a whole weekend of fun activities. 5k on Friday night, Sister Hazel concert on Saturday & fireworks both nights. There was some delicious food for the finishers and beverages - mimosas for adults. Very well done & lots of fun before, during and after the race!
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    Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
    Sat 7th Dec
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    Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

    1300 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USAView event
    About the event

    Fly past the Alamo and along the River Walk in this running and music festival. Runners and their families and friends will love the live bands providing a vibrant atmosphere all along the course. When you finish, collect your medal and t-shirt and get into the post-race party.

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    $38 - $82
    4 reviews
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    Humana Rock N Roll San Antonio

    199 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USAView event
    4 reviews
    About the event
    Reviews
    • Did the 10K in 2018

      Was my first 10k!Need chocolate milk & bananas at the finish
    • Did the 10K in 2018

      great! 10k crowd wasnt as big as half or full day which was nice. transportation/drop off was a breeze! waze worked great.
    • Did the 10K in 2018

      No, not really. Everything was very well organized.
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    Rehoboth Seashore Marathon & Half Marathon
    Sat 7th Dec
    Rehoboth Beach, DE, United States
    6 reviews
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    Rehoboth Seashore Marathon & Half Marathon

    Pineapple Princess Swimwear, 301 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, USAView event
    6 reviews
    About the event
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    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      Fantastic race! 1/2 pavement 1/2 trail crushed pebbles.
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      Really fun race, can get difficult through on the Junction Breakwater trail though. Trail is narrow and runners in both directions.
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    Brazos Bend 100
    Sat 7th Dec
    Needville, TX, United States
    1 review
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    Brazos Bend 100

    Needville, TX 77461, USAView event
    1 review
    About the event
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    • Did the event in 2017

      My coach told me about 3 weeks before this race that I would be running it as a training run for my upcoming 100 Miler. I looked at the distance and shrugged~I mean, how hard could 50 be, right? While the course is incredibly flat, the flatness presents a whole different set of challenges. With hills, one set of muscles gets a little break while the other set does some work. Not here! My Garmin registered 400ft elevation gain for the entire 50 miles. Like I said, flat! You know what? I loved it and had the time of my life!!!There's actually 4 different distances being raced at the same time. The 100 mile runners start an hour before the 50 milers. Then you have people running the marathon distance and then a half marathon distance. There's staggered starts the whole morning.TROT (Trail Racing Over Texas) always does a fabulous job on their events and this one is no exception. I had wild hogs zoom across the trail right in front of me. They put a little spring in my step. I have to admit being disappointed in not seeing any alligators. It's a beautiful trail running around a lake. Lots of spanish moss hanging from trees. I loved it!The aid stations were well manned and had great volunteers. At night they were cooking cheese quesadillas! Major yum!There's nothing like crossing the finish line and getting hugged by the race director a wearing bright red suit with Christmas Trees on it. Terrific race!!! I'll be heading back this coming December (2017) for the 100 Mile distance. I want that buckle!
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    Falls 100
    Sat 7th Dec
    Falls of Rough, KY, United States
    2 reviews
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    Falls 100

    57 Jenny Green Rd, Falls of Rough, KY 40119, USAView event
    2 reviews
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    • Did the Falls 100 - Marathon in 2018

      The course can be pretty rough, and there are some very stout hills - imagine almost a mini-version of the Barkley Fall Classic with less Laz. The race directors left a couple of the bigger climbs off of this year's course, but have tentative plans to add them in next year which would be awesome if you're the kind of trail runner that like a challenge. There was a decent amount of pavement mixed in, though I hear next year there will be quite a bit less. One of the more challenging ultra's i've done - and I only did the 26 mile.... Awesome event, great atmosphere, great lodging on site, excellent job by the race director team - overall a great experience. Just be fit and ready for some climbs when you toe the start line.
    • Did the Falls 100 - 50-Miler in 2018

      I think having more real food (sandwiches, tortillas, grilled cheese, bacon) at all the rest stops instead of just the start finish.
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    California International Marathon
    Sun 8th Dec
    Auburn, CA, United States
    6 reviews
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    California International Marathon

    10800 Indian Hill Rd, Auburn, CA 95603, USAView event
    6 reviews
    About the event
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    • Did the Marathon in 2018

      Its a tremendous race from start to finish. Getting all the runners bussed to the start of a point-to-point marathon with a field of close to 10,000 is a logistical nightmare Im sure but it seemed to go off without a hitch. The crowds were great, the course was perfect, the weather was phenomenal (although that really cant be planned for every year!) and the post-race area was well organized as well. I live all the way across the country but Id love to be able to come back and do this one again someday.
    • Did the Marathon in 2018

      Stay composed, for every uphill there's a bigger downhill. Make sure you got your fuel intake down.
    • Did the Marathon in 2018

      THe race and atmosphere around the race was great. The course was set up great and the volunteers were excellent. The only thing that was an issue was our bus driver getting lost on the way to the start, leaving us with only 14 minutes to get to our start corral, check our bags, and use the bathroom. We were in line for our bus before 5 am and didnt board a bus till 5:30 am.
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    Kiawah Island Marathon
    Fri 13th Dec
    Kiawah Island, SC, United States
    1 review
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    Kiawah Island Marathon

    1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455, USAView event
    1 review
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    • Did the Marathon in 2018

      It can be a littleDifficult passing and weaving through the 1/2 marathoners at mile 12-14 of the full marathon and again from 22-finish if your running a decent marathon. Lot of tight turns the back part of the course which makes it difficult as well.
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    Rocket City Marathon
    Sat 14th Dec
    $15 - $115
    7 reviews
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    Rocket City Marathon

    Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801, USAView event
    7 reviews
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Whether the goal is a PR, qualifying for Boston, completing that first marathon, or striving for a personal goal, RCM is the way to achieve it.

    Marathon - The Rocket City Marathon has been a fixture for over 40 years in North Alabama. Enjoy a flat, Boston Marathon qualifying course.

    Half Marathon - We are proud to announce the addition of a Half Marathon!

    Kids Marathon - K-8th graders may become "marathoners" by logging 25.2 miles leading up to a final mile on race day that crosses the real finish line.

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    • Did the Marathon in 2018

      This was a very well organized and run marathon. Other big marathons in Alabama could learn from Rocket City. Friendly volunteers and an excellent post race venue with many food choices as well as beverages.
    • Did the Marathon in 2018

      This race was a blast. This was my first marathon, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Despite the rain and the cold, the course was filled with spectators cheering on the racers! The race staff was excellent. The pace teams were friendly and supportive. The medical team at the end of the race was spectacular. I had a small injury, and they provided expert care! Quick, professional, and caring. The medical support staff were incredible!This race was fantastic!
    • Did the Marathon in 2018

      I do not think having the half marathon event worked well. I have talked to other people who did the race, and the feeling seemed to be consistent. For people in the front of the pack, they had to deal with not knowing whether someone racing near them was competing in the same race or not. For people in the middle of the pack (like me), I spent mile 13.1-18 weaving through endless half marathon walkers, and it became very very frustrating. I understand the motivation for having this, but I feel it did not work well. Otherwise, thank you for yet another wonderful weekend!!! :) Will always be my favorite race.
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    BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon & Behringer Relay
    Sun 15th Dec
    1 review
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    BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon & Behringer Relay

    211 S Akard St, Dallas, TX 75202, USAView event
    1 review
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    • Did the Marathon in 2018

      I have run the half two times and the full once. I think this is a great race. The course takes you to all the different areas of town. The race is well supported and a lot of fun. The only annoying part is the organization keeps changing the name, so dont be discouraged if you dont find the event right away or the event has a different name from the listed one. The race is worth the trip to Dallas!
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    3 Bridges Marathon
    Sat 28th Dec
    2 reviews
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    3 Bridges Marathon

    Two river Bridge, Arkansas River Trail, Little Rock, AR 72223, USAView event
    2 reviews
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    Reviews
    • Did the event in 2015

      This was my last marathon of 2015, and I registered kind of late. It was a Saturday race, which is sometimes a little harder to get to, and Little Rock was a little expensive to fly into, but it was worth it. There wasn't really an expo, just packet pick up at a running store (which happened to be next to a grocery store...score!! Race morning breakfast purchases made!). I prefer no expo, so again, this was a good thing in my opinion.I stayed at a hotel just a mile or two away from one of the two designated parking spots. This was pretty convenient - no need to worry about getting to the start and parking. Instead, I parked in a large church parking lot and took the bus to the starting area. The start was great. It's the only marathon I've run where there was a heated tent for runners to hang out in, which in December, was very nice. They had coffee, water, and snacks pre-race and we only had to walk around the corner to the start. There were plenty of portajohns nearby as well. Definitely one of the best pre race starting areas I've experienced. The sunrise was lovely too!The start was smooth. The whole course was really nice; I was astounded by the quantity and quality of footpaths by the river. They were asphalt and in great condition, with nice views pretty much the whole time. The last 10k was more in a park with small, rolling hills, but also pleasant. You cross three bridges (hence the name) which meant some incline, and there are a few minor hills during the course as well, but nothing bad in my opinion. The bridges were like milestones, I started looking forward to them because they had nice views and meant we were making progress.Aid stations and volunteers were great. It's not the type of race you run for thousands of cheering people along the course, but it was very pretty and quite enjoyable and I met some cool runners along the route, one of which I ran with for about 16 miles. I tend to prefer scenic over crowd anyway. You run back by the finish around mile 20 and cross a bridge that leads into that park area by the river. On the one hand you're thinking "crap that's the finish but I'm not done..." but on the other hand it's a party atmosphere and the announcer calls your name and where you're from on the PA, so that's cool. He also says it again as you re-cross the bridge to finish right at about mile 26.1. It didn't bother me to pass the finish but some people might find it a bit of a bummer.The post-race atmosphere was fun and there was a good selection of food and drink. The shuttles back to the parking lots were also great, as they ran pretty frequently right by the finish area, and dropped you off at your lot. From there I only had a mile or two to drive to my hotel.The t-shirt was a nice long sleeve tech shirt. The medal was so-so but not bad. The real prize, pun intended' were the age group awards. I placed in my division and collected a SWEET plaque to hang on my wall. Great swag in my opinion, with minimum hassle and a beautiful, extremely well-organized race. Bottom line, if you need Arkansas for your 50 states quest, I HIGHLY recommend this race. It's one of my favorites, and not just because we had beautiful, sunny, cool weather. It really felt like a marathon for runners, by runners, and it showed with every detail. I don't anticipate running repeat races if I can help it, but this is one I would consider running again just because I enjoyed it so much.
    • Did the event in 2015

      Ran this as my first full marathon. Fantastic course support with aid stations almost every mile. Spectator guide made it easy for family to find places on the course to drive to and cheer me on. Beautiful scenery with most of the course along the paved Arkansas River Trail. Perfect cool, sunny weather. Would definitely recommend to others and plan to run this again next year!
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    Walt Disney World Marathon

    1300 Avenue of the Stars, Orlando, FL 32830, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Come join Mickey and friends for an extraordinary race weekend. Put your endurance through the paces, enjoy amazing entertainment and earn commemorative medals. Dare to test your limits? Try a multi-race challenge for the chance to earn even more medals. No matter your skill level, you'll be a part of a community of fun-spirited runnersuniquely Disney!

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    Charleston Marathon
    Sat 11th Jan
    Charleston, SC, United States
    2 reviews
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    Charleston Marathon

    Old Charleston Walking Tours, Washington Square Park, 80 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USAView event
    2 reviews
    About the event
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    • Did the Marathon in 2019

      Great race! Flat and wonderful weather! I enjoyed the course and the race support! Great local bands along the course as well
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

      Great route, City and atmosphere. Post race festivities were a little too spread out but the Sam Adams on draft and shrimp and grits waiting for you was on point!
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    Humana Rock ‘N’ Roll New Orleans Marathon
    Sat 8th Feb
    3 reviews
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    Humana Rock ‘N’ Roll New Orleans Marathon

    Poydras at S. Robertson, New Orleans, LA 70112, USAView event
    3 reviews
    About the event

    Rock ‘n’ Roll through the French Quarter and Garden District in this running and music festival. Full of live bands and cheer teams, this event is one not to be missed if you're looking for a party. Once you've finished, pick up your bespoke finisher's medal and head down to the post-race festival.

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    • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

      Race is very well organized and I loved the experience. It's hard not to have a good time in NOLA and it's a great city to run in. The weather was good and the course was nice and flat. I would have maybe liked to have a few more turns instead of long stretches. Also, it would have been nice to have the water stations on both sides of the course instead of one, this did lead to a few bottlenecks.
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

      Fun course. Very well organized. Wish the expo and after run party had more vendors. I definitely plan on heading back down next year.
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

      I really enjoyed this race. I ran the five k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday! The roads that were chosen for the course we're not that great but the course was flat and shaded by the trees that lined the streets. The after party was fun but my only complaint is that the shuttle buses to get back to town were parked so far away from the finish line...we are already on tired legs and feet...please bring the shuttles a little bit closer to the finish. Besides that I give you an A for absolutely amazing race and a 100% for the volunteers and how everything was well stocked!!! Thanks!!!
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    26.2 With Donna
    Sun 9th Feb
    Jacksonville Beach, FL, United States
    1 review
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    26.2 With Donna

    320 S 7th St, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, USAView event
    1 review
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    • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

      Very well organized. The course was filled with supporters. I thoroughly enjoyed both races I did. The 5K and the half Marathon. I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Galloway and tried his running method. I would love to do this race again. Thinking of doing the full Marathon next year. My first to celebrate my 50th Birthday. Thank you for the organizers and volunteers, this was the best race I've ever done.
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    Austin Marathon & Half Marathon
    Sun 16th Feb
    Coming Soon
    4 reviews
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    Austin Marathon & Half Marathon

    Spa by JW, 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USAView event
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    • Did the Marathon in 2019

      Super fun race on a super challenging course. This was my first marathon ever, and while the course was tough, the energy and the atmosphere made it more than bearable. The finisher medal and finish line festival tops it all!
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

      I RAN THE HALF MARATHON. IT WAS AWESOME. I AM A NATIVE HOUSTONIAN BUT LIKE ALWAYS NATURALLY THATSOUTHERN HOSPITALITY FOLLOWED ME TO THE #ATX THE COURSE WAS TOUGH WITH ALL THOSE HILLS. BUT IT WAS WELL ORGANIZED AND THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WAS OVERWHELMINGLY AWESOME. AUSTIN WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER BE ON MY RACE CALENDAR FOR THE YEAR #ILOVEATX
    • Did the Marathon in 2019

      The race was very well organized. The expo was a decent size and packet pick up was a breeze. There were plenty of aid stations along the course and the volunteers were great. There werent a ton of spectators. I expected the city of Austin to get a little more into it. The weather was perfect! The course is VERY hilly, which I liked. However, the hill at mile 26 just seemed mean and unnecessary. Overall, I would say I enjoyed this race. I would only recommend it if you like challenging courses and you realize what you are signing up for. Austin is a really fun town with great food!
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    Cowtown Marathon

    712 Elmwood Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104, USAView event
    2 reviews
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    • Did the 50k in 2019

      I have run every distance at Cowtown and all of them are great! The half is a fun and challenging course that takes you through the historic Fort Worth stock yards. The full and ultra marathon stay on course with the half through mile 10. Most runners run the half marathon, so it gets a bit sparse at the split. However, the people of Fort Worth come out in full force to make sure the runners have an amazing experience. I have run this race 4 times (1-50k, 1-marathon, 2-half) and I would run any of the distances again!
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

      Great race. Always enjoy Cowtown! This is my 4th time running it and Ill be back next year. Im enjoy doing the weekend challenge.
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About Marathons in the United States

With the biggest crowds and magnificent cityscapes, marathons make up some of the most spectacular races held in the United States. People run marathons (or 26.2 miles) for many different reasons from a personal challenge to a public cause. What's consistent is the determination that brings everyone together to push through to the finish. The Boston Marathon alone has raised over $297 million for charity since 1986, and with an average time of 3h44m it is the fastest marathon in the United States.

What are the best marathons?

Top of the list is the Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world and one of the six World Marathon Majors, attracting over 500,000 spectators. If you're thinking of participating, Chicago Marathon and Twin Cities Marathon both have reputations for being fast courses and will provide you with the best chance to run a qualifying time. There are many more fantastic marathons throughout the US, the LA Marathon, Walt Disney World Marathon, New York Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon and the Houston Marathon are all big races and run through October to March.

How long will it take me to run a marathon?

The world record for women was set, in London, by Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain in 2003 at 2h15m25s minutes and is proving tough to beat. The men's record was beaten in Berlin in 2018 by Eliud Kipchoge and at 2h01m39s is pushing close to breaking the elusive 2 hour barrier.

The average time to finish the Boston marathon is 3h44m. This is significantly faster than the global average of around 4h13m for men and 4h42m for women. Don't focus too much on what others are doing, keep your own pace and don't worry if you are overtaken by Superman, he is super after all. It is worth pointing out that finishing times are greatly affected by the course. Some marathons are particularly fast (e.g. A1A, Phoenix), and the average time for different marathons can vary - it's best to check our course descriptions for each race to get a better understanding of finishing times.

How do you train for a marathon?

Training for a marathon takes a lot of motivation. Make sure you carve out time in your busy schedule to train, you can download our free 16 week training plan, with nutrition and race tips included. Regardless of whether you're entering your first race or looking to hit a new PR, we recommend around 16 weeks as the right time frame to prepare you for a marathon.