There are so many new HMs that my head is spinning. Just in my state (Maryland), there are 25 HMs. (And MD is a small state!) I wonder how other people decide which HM to do when there are so many choices. Once you've gotten by the obvious stuff (trail vs road, hills vs flat), how do you sift through the remainder?
Love to try a new race? Or love the classics?
The nearest possible HM? Or far away (vacation-style, combine with travel)?
Price? Refund, transfer, deferral policies?
The most expensive premiums the better? Or the fewer premiums the better?
Which HM falls on the date you'll be trained? Or you pick a race and then start training for it?
Huge race vs little race?
Race website - pretty vs ugly?
Race website - informative vs bewildering?
I've found myself on both ends of all these questions at times. I've even signed up for races in the last ("bewildering website") category although only because I knew for other reasons that the race would be good.
I'm not trying to restart the commercial vs club race debate. Just puzzling over picking some 2013 races and I'm really torn between them. (There are 10 in the April/May timeframe near me and a similar number in the Fall! And those numbers double if I consider races a bit further away in VA and PA.
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