Marathons for First Timers

Marathons for First Timers

Looking for a great event to make the big leap to 26.2? These twelve races, with their (relatively) flat courses and scenic environs, offer the perfect place to conquer your first marathon.

The Santa Rosa Marathon

Santa Rosa, California - August 26, 2012

Looking for a flat and fast marathon in a beautiful setting? Featuring great food and wine festival after the race, this Boston-qualified event will take you through downtown Santa Rosa and the scenic Prince Memorial Greenway. Learn More

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42nd Annual Maui Marathon & Half Marathon

Kannapali, Hawaii - September 16, 2012

One of the most scenic marathons in the U.S. This point-to-point course takes you through the beautiful island of Maui, and within 50 feet of the Pacific Ocean. Learn More

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31st Wineglass Marathon

Bath, New York - September 30, 2012

Looking for a course with some small-town charm? This point-to-point marathon, with a flat and fairly fast track, takes you through scenic country roads in historic upstate New York. Learn More

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2012 Baltimore Running Festival

Baltimore, Maryland - October 13, 2012

Head to Charm City for this fair yet challenging 26.2. With a course that winds through the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, you might just have to pick up a crab cake or two at this popular event. Learn More

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ING Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 5K & Kids K

Hartford, Connecticut - October 13, 2012

With a ton of course options for the whole family, this popular event blends the best of city and country with stretches over the picturesque Connecticut River. Learn More

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Amica Marathon 2012

Newport, Rhode Island - October 13-14, 2012

Starting in downtown Newport, this course takes advantage of Newport and Middletown's rich history to offer some of the most breathtaking runs in the country. Learn More

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The Empire State Marathon

Syracuse, New York - October 21, 2012

If you're looking for some great autumn running, there might be no better destination than this. Set in Onondoga County, this race is the perfect way to see New York state's stunning fall foliage. Learn More

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2012 Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon

Detroit, Michigan - October 21, 2012

Traversing both downtown Detroit and the Canadian border, this fan-friendly event will take you through historic neighborhoods and a jaunt through Belle Island. Learn More

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2012 Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay

Atlanta, Georgia - October 28, 2012

Discover Atlanta with this 26.2-mile urban course that takes runners on a tour of well-known Atlanta sites such as Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, and Tuner Field. Learn More

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Select Staffing Santa Barbara International Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Santa Barbara, California - November 10, 2012

Can't make it to France? Why not check out the "American Riviera" in Santa Barbara. This fast and scenic course will take you through lush lemon orchards and a stunning descent to the coast. Learn More

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Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - November 16-18, 2012

Consistently listed among the top ten races in the country, this scenic, fan-friendly event is recognized for its mostly flat terrain, ideal temperature and awesome atmosphere. Learn More

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Williams Route 66 Marathon

Tulsa, Oklahoma - November 17-18, 2012

Featuring the "No.1 Marathon Medal in the Country", this Boston-qualifier offers participants a view of Tulsa's historic district and a chance to run on famed "Route 66". Learn More

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DON'T MISS: Summer Destination Races

It isn't always just about the miles. Run, then relax, at one of these 10 summer destination races across the country. Learn More

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