I can’t believe that I really have 14 different marathons over the past 10 years. I do feel like I need to branch out a little bit more and add some more to the calendar so I can update this. 😉 But! Here you have it —> the second half of the list.
(In case you missed it, the first half is HERE.)
7. Chevron Houston Marathon
Houston has a bad rap with a lot of people, but I actually really like this race because I think it shows the best of the city. It’s really pretty and since it’s in January, it means that it’s not really that hot. I ran this race a handful of times (2015//2013//2012) and had some of the best and worst races here.
Twin Cities Marathon will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart… after all, it’s the place where I ran my very first marathon. I do really love this course (minus Summit Avenue at the end) and the fantastic course support… plus it’s in the fall, my favorite time of year.
I am so excited to be back for my second Grandmas Marathon this year. Fun fact, I was supposed to run Grandmas in 2008, but had to drop because my job at the time was wayyyy too chaotic. This course reminds me so much of Boston —> point to point, some awesome history and fantastic crowd support. I think the only downfall is that since its held in June, the weather is quite unpredictable.
4. Madison Marathon
I think the Madison Marathon will always hold a special place in my heart (like Twin Cities) because it’s where I first qualified for the Boston Marathon. The race has now moved from Memorial Day weekend to November, but I believe the course is the same. And the course is absolutely beautiful. I would run this race again in a heartbeat.
I ran the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge in 2013, and it was an incredible experience. I didn’t know what to expect running the Big Sur Marathon since it was just days after Boston (and perhaps the most traumatic experience of my life), but I LOVED it. I feel like the beautiful views were such an amazing distraction that I forgot I was running 26.2 miles.
Ah, NYC Marathon. Love love LOVE this race. Not because it’s easy, but mostly because it’s in one of my favorite cities ever… you seriously can’t beat it. Plus, the crowd support? Amazing. And! It’s in November, which is still fall, so that’s an added bonus in my book.
What can I say, nothing will ever top the Boston Marathon. It is by far the best race experience I’ve ever had in my life… and more than just because of the historic roads that you run on. It’s a place where you recognize that your dreams have come true; that your hard work and determination have paid off; and where you finally understand how running marathons has changed you as a person… for the better.
And there you have it! The ultimate Crazy Running Girl ranking of marathons… 2017 edition. 😉
Are you running any new races this year? Which ones? How did you pick them?
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