I guess I will have to go to a nice small marathon up nort that doesn't charge an arm and a leg for entry or hotel, that has easy logistics and beautiful scenery and most likely free beer at the finish.
The only reason I ignore Chicago each year is the hotels are just too expensive. Good alternatives for those shut out from the Chicago marathon are Philadelphia and just a little later, Richmond on the Marine Corps Birthday.
I LOVED chicago-and YES...hotels were too much. I did have 2 huge free beers at the end, but since I hate beer, I had 4 sips and dumped the rest.<br><br>
My marathon this year will be IM Florida. Please send me anti-injury vibes. I seemed to have minorly hurt myself yet again.<br><br>
I hear philly is good. Portland is on my list as well as NYC and Detroit...and SF.