Planning races for 2018 and debating local marathon but would really like something new to continue my 50 states quest. I'm putting in for NYC but that's a long shot so need a back up. What are your favorite fall Oct-Dec marathons? Bonus if easy to travel to. I've run AZ, CA, FL, GA, HI, IL, IA, LA, MA, MN, NE, ND, OH, SD, TN, WA, WI and would love to cross more states off the list.
I LOVE the Detroit marathon which is October. Dallas is great (where I live) and is in early December. I impose on forumnites when I travel for races, so I return the favor when I can. Both my kids will be at college next December, so I will have two open bedrooms.
I haven't planned my 2018 fall yet, but am thinking about Marshall University (WV) in November. Or, one of the fall Indiana races.
Detroit would be an easy flight from MN. I've heard good things about Dallas. Adding both to list of possibilities
Other fall races I enjoyed are Hartford (CT), Clarence de Mar (in NH....couple hour drive from Boston), Bucks County (PA) and St. George (UT).
Another one I'm thinking about is Green Mountain, VT in October. Burlington is pricey to fly to, but I need VT as some point in time. I am also looking Three Bridges which is in mid-December near Little Rock. It is apparently much less hilly and low key than Little Rock. Since I can die happy without the big-arse LR medal, I may chose that one when the time comes. It gets great reviews.
(The Vampire Lestat)
2017-11-30 1:03 PM
Portland OR is a nice fall marathon in a fun city. There are some others that I've thought about (Philadelphia, Huntsville) that look good, but can't personally vouch for them.
My favorite fall marathon has been Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor, Maine. It is incredibly scenic (I liked it better than Big Sur). It is a bit hilly but nothing too bad, it just rolls.
I don't see Virginia on your list so add Richmond as another possibility. Really good race.
Rt 66 in Oklahoma was a lot of fun. Des Moines was another really nice race.
I'm planning on the Mohawk-Hudson Marathon in New York for next Oct. it's a lot smaller than NYC but has a high % rate of BQ's so is quite popular.
How did I forget Richmond? That is a fabulous race!
2017-12-04 10:51 AM
yep Richmond is a great race!
didn't we meet there one year?
I met Ageless Dave (who ran the last 10 miles with me) and some other fellow he brought to dinner. Were you the fellow he brought to dinner? And please forgive me if you are!!
I agree that the Richmond Marathon is a good one. (My first marathon and two years later my first BQ.)
If you want to try a small ( 400 people max in the middle of nowhere) scenic one that can't be beat there is Peak to Creek in NC. Unfortunately not near any airports.
Another vote for Richmond! Great race.
Erie, Steamtown, Bucks County, and Philadelphia in PA
Mohawk Hudson, Niagara Falls International, in NY- both great BQ courses
Atlantic City Marathon in NJ
Rehobeth Beach Marathon in DE
Seconding Steamtown and Rehoboth!
2017-12-04 10:54 AM
Richmond for VA
Outer Banks for NC
in SC, the only fall choices are Spinx in Greenville in Oct and Kiawah in Dec
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