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Best Marathons To Qualify For New York Marathon

New York marathon is a popular race and every runner wants to run it. Organisers have two ways of restricting runners, capping the numbers at 40,000 and requiring all applicants to meet New York Marathon qualifying times. They only take the cream of running!

The New York Marathon qualifying times are no Joke!

For Men ages 19-39 you must have run previous race with a PB of or better than 2.55 or a half marathon of sub 1.23. As for the ladies you must have run previous race with a PB of or better than 3.23 or a half marathon of sub 1.37.

For runners over 40 – 50 yrs their is no reprieve.

Qualifying times are 3.10 for men and 3.38 for women. Half marathon times of 1.30 for men and 1.44 for women are what you need to have a look in.

Best Race to Qualify For New York Marathon

With those high standards the race you choose to meet the qualifying times is very important. My number one tip is look for a race with good weather and a flat course. Those two factors will greatly improve your chances of htting your target.

Some of Flat Marathon Course that can give you an advantage

1. Honolulu Marathon – It was the writers no one pick because of a flat course

2. Chicago Marathon -Flat course but beware, the marathon has a history of horrible weather on Dday.

3. Marine Corps Marathon

4. Twin Cities marathon – Down side of this marathon is Leave your iphone home, ear phones are banned from twin cities.

5. Las Vegas marathon – It is the only marathon in the world where you can run and get married. For those married they can renew their wedding vows.

6. Miami Marathon

7. Berlin marathon

8. Rotterdam marathon.

Chicago marathon may be flat but the weather is very unpredictable.

Remember there is only one secret to improving your marathon performance: TRAINING.

Ryan Hall Chicago Marathon Training

Ryan Hall has been gearing up for 2011 Chicago marathon by tweaking his training plan. Having been out run by the Kenyans every time, Ryan Has been studying the Kenyans and he now feels he has the answer to beat them.

“I’m realizing more and more how important it is for me to maintain contact. That’s something I did well at Boston this year, where guys would get away from me,” he said in an interview this summer with a Stanford alumni magazine.

“That’s how I stay in the front, but how do I win the race? That’s a whole different question,” he added. “That’s what I’m starting to address now.”

 

 

Chicago Marathon 2011 Registration

Chicago marathon 2011 registration will be done online. All registration and application will be done from Chicago Marathon website.

The 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 9, 2011

Register for 2011 Chicago Marathon

Registration is yet to open officialy to receive the official announcement of the 2011 race date and registration launch, sign up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon’s Mile by Mile E-Newsletter.

Alternatively you can keep track on when the registration will open by regularly visiting Bank of America Chicaga Marathon site.

Half Marathons 2011

The best website to find half marathons in 2011 is marathons.ahotu.com. The site describes itself as the largest directory of half marathon. They have listed over 1123 half marathon 2011 races and counting.

The half marathons in 2011 are listed in countries, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France etc. You can also find half marathons in 2011 from cities worldwide.

The Popular Half Marathons 2011

Bupa Great North Run Half Marathon 2011

This north east of England half marathon race is the largest half marathon in the world with over 50,000 racers taking part. The race is on 2nd of October 2011. If you will be in England then you may include it as part of your half marathons 2011.

Disney Princess Half Marathon 2011

This women oriented race will be on February 27, 2011. If you are thinking of a half marathon 2011 gift to your girlfriend or wife  this is the race.

Boston Half Marathon 2011

This is one of May half marathons 2011. Boston half marathon 2011 will take place on 29 may 2011.

Chicago Half marathon 2011

Another interesting half marathon in 2011. A perfect preparation for the 2011 Chicago marathon. Almost all major marathons have half marathons 2011 races that will act as dress rehersal for the big one.

To find 2011 half marathons in your country or worldwide go to marathon.ahotu.com.

2010 Chicago Marathon Pictures & Photos

Chicago marathon runners showed grit slogging the 42K. More than 38,000 runners took part in 2010 chicago marathon.

As for pictures from 2010 Chicago marathon, I found plenty of photos from around the internet. Pictures of runners in costume are always a joy to look at.

This has to be my favorite. The battle of super heroes
Super Heroes at the 2010 Chicago Marathon

Photo courtesy of Flickr, see more at Jason broaddus Page or visit his photo blog

Another picture I found interesting was that of the runner carrying the Eiffel tower.

2010 Chicago Half Marathon Photos & Pictures

The Chicago half marathon is the smaller sister of the Chicago Marathon. The 2010 Chicago half marathon happened on Sunday, like the big brother the Chicago half marathon was a sell out. 20,500 half marathon runners hit the streets of Chicago city.

2010 Chicago Half Marathon Photos & Pictures.

I looked around the web for some awesome photos and I came across some awesome photos taken by a user at flickr.

To photos from 2010 Chicago half marathon visit phototravel flickr page

Images : Photos From 2010 Chicago Half Marathon

The Chicago half marathon is the warm up race before the real Chicago marathon. The 2010 Rock n Roll Chicago half marathon took place over the weekend, over 25,000 participated in the 21K event.

The photos and pictures from the event showed plenty of bands on the course plus enough crowd support.

Image courtesy of competitor.com

For a full photo gallery of Rock N Roll Chicago half Marathon go to Chicago.Competitor Site.

Half Marathon Race Water Drinking Tips

If you asking for the amount of water you should drink before, during and after running half marathon race then this guide will help calculate the right amount.

The question how much water you should drink during a half marathon race depends on 5 factors

1. Your weight
2. How much you sweat
3. The weather of the day
4. The distance
5. Level of experience

Weight and How much water to drink

The leaner you are the less water you require.  If you have watched Kenyan runners run a marathon you might noticed they don’t drink a lot of water, it could be something to do with their lean bodies.

How much you sweat
Runners who happen to have a high rate of sweating will require to drink a lot of water to replace the lost water.

The weather of the day.
When the weather is hot, the rate of sweating is high and you get dehydrated faster. At the 2007 Chicago marathon the race had to be suspended after one runner died and many marathon runners taken to hospital suffering from heat exhaustion. The temperatures were abnormally high and runners complained that there wasn’t enough water stations.

Level of Experience
While elite runner like Kenenisa Bekele can do a mad rush at 10,000 metres without additional water on the way, the same cannot be said of fun runners doing a weekend 10K family fun day.

To know exactly how much water to drink, I recommend you take a sweat test.

The more you train, the fitter you become and you body is able to use water efficiently.

Keep in mind drinking too much water while running can be lethal, at worst too much water can kill, see my post dangers of drinking too much water.

Beer Drinking During Half Marathon Race

There is a group known as Hash house harriers who describe themselves as a drinking club with a running problem, the members meet for beer + some easy runs! But a guy in San Francisco took it all to a new level. He drunk 13 beers while running the 2010 San Francisco half marathon.

Although beer is served in small amount in certain races, HHH group serves beer at mile 21 of Chicago marathon. Drinking 13 beers while running 13 miles is a bit over the top.

Effects of Beer While Running?

Our hero has done it so he is best placed to tell us ; From his blog this is what he said.

But beer is a very good thing for a run of six miles or less. After those six miles, it slows you down too much and it begins to taste completely awful.

You will not “die” if you drink a beer-per-mile while running a half marathon. But unless you’re cool with swallowing your finger, there will be times when you wish you were dead.

You can read his San Francisco half marathon race report at his awesome blog exercisingwhileintoxicated

Fastest US Marathons : Top Ten By Running Times

If you want to set a new PR or a course to help you qualify for Boston or New York marathon then you need to look at this list of fastest US marathon.

1. Chevron houston marathon in Texas

2. Austin Marathon

3. Lincoln National Gurad marathon

4. Rite Aid Cleveland marathon

5. Grandmas marathon

6. Chicago marathon

7. Steamtown marathon

8. Philadelphia marathon

9. California marathon marathon

10. Las Vegas marathon

Factors considered in compiling the list were : Flatness, weather, size of the field and number of turns.

Source running times