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bangalangadanga
List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 10:30AM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I've run St. Louis, Boston, and Chicago, and without hesitation, I have to say that St. Louis was my favorite. I particularly enjoyed the race due to the small crowd that ran the race (4,000 people). I felt like Boston and Chicago were terrible in regard to running in throngs upon throngs of people pushing and shoving you out of the way. Herded along like cattle. The logistical nightmare of making your way through a jammed city.

I am looking for a list of small marathons in small towns / cities that are easy on the pocket book.

I'm combing through marathonguide right now, but if someone has a list, it would be appreciated.
ALH359
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 10:40AM - in reply to bangalangadanga Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I'm running Athens, Ohio on April 1st.

It's flat and not many people running it and it's also cheap.

http://www.athensmarathon.org/Athens_Marathon/register.html
the clarifier
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 10:51AM - in reply to bangalangadanga Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Marathon & Beyond profiles smaller marathons in each of its issues. Check out a few back issues.
P.Whelan
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 11:03AM - in reply to the clarifier Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Hartford is a decent 2,500ish person race, there is an HM that goes off the same time with a lot more people, but the marathon is pretty well run I think, $85 if you preregister is relatively cheap for a marathon these days.
50 Bucks
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 11:05AM - in reply to P.Whelan Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
$50 -- York, PA -- http://www.bobpottsrun.com/
jsquire
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 11:07AM - in reply to the clarifier Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Our Glass City Marathon here in Toledo has a surprisingly nice suburban course and us very cheap. Total marathon/half/relay participation is capped at 6,000. And if you're a sub-2:30 type you won't be all alone.
Another
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 11:14AM - in reply to jsquire Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Chicago is one of the most logistical friendly marathon around. Though it is not cheap.

Boston, yes you take a bus.
Another
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 11:16AM - in reply to Another Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
madisonrunner
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 11:19AM - in reply to bangalangadanga Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Lakefront marathon in Milwaukee typically gets very good reviews for organization, price, and size. It's open for registration right now and WILL sell out.
I <3 Tacos
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 11:28AM - in reply to P.Whelan Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

P.Whelan wrote:

Hartford is a decent 2,500ish person race, there is an HM that goes off the same time with a lot more people, but the marathon is pretty well run I think, $85 if you preregister is relatively cheap for a marathon these days.


I second the Hartford race, pretty flat course for new England and its well supported. The turn around at 16m is annoying but it's the only complaint about the course minus the bridge at 25m since I was destroyed at that point and a curb looked like a wall. Plus the last couple years the weather has been perfect.
Jeffster!!!
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 11:29AM - in reply to bangalangadanga Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Green Mountain Marathon in South Hero, Vt
http://www.gmaa.net/schedule.php?raceid=GMM2012

The fee went up to $50 for this fall's race. It usually gets 300 or so running in the full marathon and it started a half last year that I think drew 150. Despite the small size the race has been run for a number of years, this year is the 42nd running.
I have not run it yet but it gets excellent reviews on marathon guide.
http://www.marathonguide.com/races/racedetails.cfm?MIDD=1190041016
Big John
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 11:35AM - in reply to bangalangadanga Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I have not run this one, but it's $85, Lancaster County is a cheap/nice place to visit, and they appear to have their act together as far as organization goes.

http://www.gardenspotvillagemarathon.org/

Also, I have run this one in Huntsville. Organization is outstanding, and it's $50 if you register early and goes up to $80 or something come race day/week.

http://www.runrocketcity.com
erik bush
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 12:03PM - in reply to bangalangadanga Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
http://www.findmymarathon.com/location.php

there are entry fields for min/max price and field size.
Gauss
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 1:17PM - in reply to erik bush Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

erik bush wrote:

http://www.findmymarathon.com/location.php

there are entry fields for min/max price and field size.


Great site, thanks.
fastest course in the west
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 1:41PM - in reply to bangalangadanga Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
West Wyoming Marathon

Cost: Your DDS license
Website: http://tinyurl.com/7gdh6xp
greenway
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 2:31PM - in reply to bangalangadanga Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Greenway Marathon in Nashville (March 25, 2012) is only $20 (up to March 21). It's small and course is certified. I have not run this one but the HM I ran last fall that was orgnized byt the same running club was very well run. Great hotel rate too.

Alaska has some cheap, small, and fun marathons too. Am considering about doing a summer one there.
AlmostBQ
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 2:43PM - in reply to bangalangadanga Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The Heart of America marathon held on Labor Day in Columbia, Missouri is just $25 registration.
picker of cherries
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 2:45PM - in reply to greenway Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Ask 142 time marathon winner Chuck Engle!
Uwharrie
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 2:59PM - in reply to bangalangadanga Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The Boogie Marathon, Ellerbe, NC
Newo
RE: List of Small Cheap Marathons? 1/27/2012 3:13PM - in reply to Uwharrie Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
avenue of the giants (spring) / redwoods marathon (fall)

I signed up for $60
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