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Races: My Personal Experience

Updated on August 7, 2007

I have completed in many races and I often get asked: Which races are the best? Which ones are good for someone just starting out? Which ones are the most challenging? Which ones are great for spectators? Which ones have the best sponsors? And so on, so I have decided to put together a little guide that might help answer some of those questions. I have broken down some of my favorite major races that I have completed in and explained my likes, dislikes, and overall experience for each. I hope this can fill in some of the blanks for those of you thinking about completing in them- let me know what you think and if I can help you with any questions you may have- here is the list, I have created a Hub for each, so check them out!

  1. Philadelphia Marathon- Philadelphia, PA: 26.2 miles
  2. New York Marathon- New York City, NY: 26.2 miles
  3. Baltimore Marathon- Baltimore, MD: 26.2 miles
  4. Jersey Shore Marathon- Long Branch, NJ: 26.2 miles
  5. Jersey Shore Half Marathon- Sandy Hook, NJ: 13.1 miles
  6. Philadelphia Distance Run- Philadelphia, PA: 13.1 miles
  7. Broad Street Run- Philadelphia, PA: 10 miles
  8. Virginia Beach Marathon- Virginia Beach, VA: 26.2 miles
  9. Jersey State Triathlon- Mercer County, NJ: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
  10. Philadelphia Triathlon- Philadelphia, PA: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
  11. Jay Mountain Marathon- Jay, VT: 26.2 miles
  12. Stowe Marathon- Stowe, VT: 26.2 miles
  13. Wildwood Triathlon- Wildwood, NJ: 0.25 Mi Swim -- 11 Mi Bike -- 3.1 Mile
  14. The Nations Triathlon- Washington DC: 26.2 miles
  15. Flying Pig 5Ks- Held all over NJ: 3.2 miles

I have enjoyed running all of these races, and I would recommend them all, but everyone is different and hopefully my guide will help you figure out if these races are good for you- there are ones that are great for starters (like the Jersey Shore Marathon and Half Marathon) and ones that will challenge even the strongest runners (like the Jay Mountain Marathon).

One thing that unifies this races is that feeling in the last 30 seconds of the race- whether you are running a 5K or a marathon there is this incredible feeling when you have the finish within site. There is nothing like that feeling, and it makes the whole race through it- whether you have run for 20 minutes or 5 hours- it is that last 30 seconds that matter the most!

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