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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I thought I posted this yesterday...hmmm...I'll try again!

OK so the nominees for next year's marathons are:

One in Maryland (I've got to research this one a bit...I'm certain there are some fun runs there).
Wine Glass in New York
Cellcom in Green Bay Wisconsin
Wistlestop Marathon in Ashland Wisconsin
Chicago - The big one!
Savannah RnR Marathon
And last but not least is the E.T. marathon in Nevada!

So here's the next step. I would love for you guys to take a long look at these and think about a spot that would be great for a vacation (that's the way Genny and I treat our marathon weekends). I know each of these are close to you but look at all of them - you may like the adventure of running in a new city!

So reply with your choice and lets start planning next year's adventures. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STREAKFREAK 10/27/2011 1:17PM

    I vote for ET.

1. I love running at night
2. It has half and 10K alternatives (maybe the others do too, I didn't check).
3. My very best girlfriend (since first grade) lives in Vegas and we are long overdue for a visit.

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BLACKROSE_222 10/27/2011 12:20PM

    I have always wanted to try one of the Rock and Roll ones - and the San Diego one is on June 3, 2012.

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TYKXBOY 10/27/2011 12:39AM

    Did I mention that if you run the ET Marathon you don't have to worry about getting sunscreen in your eyes?

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RUNNER12COM 10/26/2011 9:19PM

    There are so many great marathons here in San Diego and Southern California. Come out and enjoy the sunshine!

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ON2VICTORY 10/26/2011 5:10PM

    Im voting for Whistlestop and for Cellcom in Green Bay!!! the expo at the Cellcom is really nice.

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RJSAMS 10/26/2011 4:44PM

    The Whistlestop in Ashland is supposed to be a fun course and pretty flat--easy to PR on. You run along Lake Superior, so that can't be bad, tho it might be windy. Chicago would be windy, too. There's a half and a 10K/5K at Whistlestop, too.

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HEIDI-25 10/26/2011 4:08PM

    I am a native Wisconsin girl and am doing 2 marathons this upcoming year. I am going to do the Marathon on the Mississippi http://www.lacrossefitnessfestival.
com/ on May 6th and either the Whistlestop in Ashland or the Twin Cities Marathon (same weekend I think). The May 6th marathon will be my first :) I would love to meet up with some other sparkers.

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TYKXBOY 10/26/2011 3:24PM

    I ran the E.T. half marathon this year. It was a LOT of fun. And it doesn't have the crowds that the other large marathons do. Plus, you'd get a nice vacation in Las Vegas. It's definitely an experience. And the midnight start time makes it more fun, not really any more difficult. So ET gets my vote! But I might be biased... ;)

Comment edited on: 10/26/2011 3:25:44 PM

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KKINNEA 10/26/2011 3:15PM

    I'll re-check my sched but if I think I can do 4 marathons the year after I did my first and only one, I would do Whistlestop.

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ANNIE7205 10/26/2011 1:43PM

    I must have looked up the wrong "ET marathon". Who knew there would be more than one?

Edit - nope. I know what I did. Pulled up the google results and saw a date. Didn't double check the race name. My bad.

Seeing as I'm getting married in late August (and probably running a half that morning, long story) I'm out for that one. Does sound fun, though.

Comment edited on: 10/26/2011 1:45:50 PM

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RRC1958 10/26/2011 1:33PM

    I think you need to do the one in Salt Lake City! emoticon

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BLACKROSE_222 10/26/2011 1:04PM

    I'm leaning towards the Wineglass myself - Hubbie and I were thinking of a New York trip next year, anyways. Whistlestop would probably be my next pick.

The ET while cool, is not for everyone - it is at midnight too, so harsh times...

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BLACKROSE_222 10/26/2011 12:58PM

    Sorry, Annie - ET Marathon is in August, at midnight.

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BLACKROSE_222 10/26/2011 12:55PM

    LOL - None of them are close to me! But I'll take a look at them and then post my vote!

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ANNIE7205 10/26/2011 12:54PM

    Here are the dates (tenative/approximate based on the info I was able to find):

ET marathon in Nevada - March 2012
Green Bay Cellcome - May 20, 2012
Wineglass in New York - late September 2012
BofA Chicago - October 7, 2012
Whistle Stop Ashland, WI - October 13, 2012
Savanah RnR - early November 2012

It looks like the Wineglass fills up pretty quickly. If I recall correctly, the Cellcom sold out but might not next year because the course will not loop through Lambeau Field (trust me, it's a big draw for some "cheeseheads", not me personally, but here the Packers are practically the state religion).

I'm doing my first ever full marathon in mid-September, so based on the dates I'd probably only be doing a half for any of these runs.

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AMOHAME2 10/26/2011 12:53PM

    I think I'll be doing Wineglass!!! A bunch of my friends went this year and last, and had an amazing time! It would be awesome to meet some Spark buds there!
I'm also thinking of RnR Savannah. I wanted to do it this year but just couldn't afford the trip.

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DLEDBETTER11 10/26/2011 12:49PM

    What about our other 2 WI natives?

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CHELLES_BELLS 10/26/2011 12:47PM

    I would totally do any of the Wisconsin, and obviously, the Chicago marathon. Cellcom looks awesome and it has a 7 hour time limit so I can ultimately crawl to the finish!

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