If you are looking for a fast and easy marathon course to qualify for Boston Marathon, then you may consider Steamtown marathon. In fact, in 2006, 28 percent of all runners qualified for the Boston Marathon.
Reasons why Steamtown marathon is your answer for that elusive Boston marathon qualifier time.
What the press is saying
Runner’s World has called this race “One of the nation’s 10 fastest marathons.” The Running Times magazine reported that runners at Steamtown have finished faster than the national average for several years in a row.Running USA determined that Steamtown’s 2005 median time was at least 30 minutes faster than the national average and was the fastest of any 2005 U.S. marathon with at least 1,000 finishers.
What the runners have to say.
In a Runnersworld thread some runners reported to have set new PRs by upto 15mins.
The Steamtown marathon course
The course is not just flat it is downhill all the way (not the whole route but atleast most of the route) bad for quads but good for those who have prepared to run down hill.
The Perfect Scranton Pennsylvanian Weather
The race is held every October, when temperatures are relatively cool and the fall foliage is beginning to peak.
What the organizers promise
“The key to running Steamtown is managing the hills,” Cummings said. “Much of the first eight miles features significant downhills while the last few miles include several short, but challenging uphills. Many runners have set personal records here by wide margins. Others however, have failed to prepare for the hills and have crashed and burned, wondering how anyone could call Steamtown fast.”
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