Message Category: New!: First-Timers/Wannabes Topic: First Marathon suggestions
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A couple of races I liked cjrt 7/27/13 8:22:40 PM ET
The Cowtown Marathon (Fort Worth) is near the end of February and is very different than Austin the week before. Go to Austin if you want the music; Cowtown offers a parade of long horns, or at least it did when I ran it. It is not completely flat but the rolling bits are not bad.
If you wanted something very flat, about three or four weeks later, you could do the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach. I thought that it was a great course and the numbers doing the marathon are large enough that you are never alone but not enough to be oppressive. I liked southern Virginia but it won't be to everyone's taste.
My final suggestion if you want something much smaller is the Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon - it had a couple of hundred runners last year. There is lots to do in the Houston area but this is not a Houston-style race.