Earlier I replied that I was running in the Casino Niagara Marathon, now I find out that according to _4 Months to a 4 Hour Marathon_ by Dave Kuehls, that CN is a real good choice _for me_, but based on his criteria, not necessarily others in different situations. His recommendation: Get a Fast flat course- Basically 26.2 is hard enough the first time, don't make it harder on the first shot. Is the weather nice - 40's to low 60's, for the same reason as above. How far away? Keep it short, makes it easier. How many runners? 20,000 runners may mean it is popular, but it will be real tough to fight through the crowd to get to the pace you are training for.
So for me, the CN is close, and the weather should be in the 40-60 range, last year there was only about 2000 finishers, so the number of runners should be low (I also looked at the chip time v gun time and those numbers are really close, so we don't have issues about 1 hr walk to get to the start line!) The course has 1 'big' hill (going over the peace bridge) and then there is about a 100 ft drop over the last mile, so i guess that is pretty flat.
I guess if you might be coming from LA or something, then CN is a bad choice, but if you are within 3 hrs by car, then CN could be a good choice.
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