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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.

2010 Marine Corps Marathon Photos & Picture

The 2010 Marine Corps Marathon is over and I have just seen pictures from the race. The runners showed grit and determination. The best quote of the day came from the winner,

I was told to run the first 20 miles with my head and the last six with my heart,” Bradosky said, “and that worked very well. Air Force 2nd Lt. Jacob Bradosky, Winner 2010 Marine Corps Marathon.

2010 Marine Corps Marathon Race Photos & Pictures.

Photo Courtesy of Carol Joynt

For more picture from 2010 Marine Corps Marathon go to

Carol Joynt Marine Corps photos

Washington Post Marine Corps Pictures Gallery

The 26.2-mile race, was ran by a record 21,856 finishers. They started at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington and passed the major monuments downtown. There was also a 10K race for those runners who thought a 42K marathon was too much for their liking.

Marine Corps Marathon : Route Map & Course

The Marine Coprs Marathon is nicknamed “The Marathon of the Monuments.” because of the many monuments lined along the course.

Some of the monuments include: –

Jefferson Memorial, the National Mall, landmarks like the Lincoln, FDR, Korean War and Vietnam Veteran’s memorials. The MCM course also passes the “Guantlet” at the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol.

To download a detailed course map go to Marine Corps Marathon Official Course Map

The Marine Corps marathon takes place on the last Sunday of October every year.

Oprah Winfrey Marathon Time : Marine Corps Marathon

“I want to beat Oprah!” That is the goal of many runners. Oprah Winfrey finished 1994 Marine Corps marathon in a time of 4 hrs,  29 mins, 15 Secs.

If Frank Shorter inspired the first (1970s) running boom across US, Oprah Winfrey inspired the second, by running the Marine Corps Marathon. If Oprah could run a marathon, shame on anyone who couldn’t.

How Oprah ruined the Marathon.

While race directors across US were happy to welcome the new generation of runners or is it marathon walkers, the hard core runners were not happy. Edward Mccleland writing for salon.com thinks :-

America’s competitive spirit has been wrecked by feel-good amateurs like Oprah whose only goal is to stagger across the finish line.

I totally agree with him! The marathon is a race, the goal should be to finish it and to finish as fast as you can.

Read the fantastic salon article here

Marine Corps Marathon : Running Tips : Training Tips

Marine Corps Marathon is a must sought marathon by runners. Marine Corps is popularly known as “the peoples marathon”. The traditional Marine Corps Marathon course is 26.2 miles and a 10K race also allows runners of all ages to join in a shorter 6.2 mile event.

Training & Running Tips for Marine Corps marathon

1. Train hard but remember to take a rest.

2. If a day or two of training is missed due to injury or illness or other reason, don’t try to cram two days of training into one. Lost days are simply days.

3. Train at your projected marathon pace.

4. Try to train at the time of the day the race starts and in the predicted weather condition as much as possible.

5. Do the long runs.

6. Remember to stretch

7. Do speed works round a track, it just makes your legs feel better.

8. Listen to your body, If you feel tired take a rest, if you feel pain go easy, if the pain is too much stop running.

9. Remember to stay hydrated.

10. Remember to have fun.

Calculating Cost of Marathon Training & Running

Calculating the cost of marathon training and running is pretty simple, just add the cost of shoes, shorts, T-shirts plus ofcourse the race entry fees and you have your simple answer.

I have always thought like that but after listening to economist Justin Wolfers, who teaches at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a frequent contributor to the Freakonomics blog, the mathematics it got complicated.

How much does it cost to train & run a marathon

According to the economist, who is training for Marine Corps marathon, the real cost of training for a marathon is more expensive, Each hour you spend running is an hour you don’t spend working harder to get a promotion, studying for a degree, or shopping around for the cheapest groceries.

This is what the economist writes

The foundation of all economics is something called opportunity cost. It says that the true cost of something is the alternative you have to give up.

So each hour that I spend running is an hour that I don’t spend hanging out, working or sleeping. How do I choose? Following economic theory, I keep doing an activity only as long as it yields greater benefits than the alternative….

The same logic applies to you. Each hour you spend on your hobby is an hour you don’t spend working harder to get a promotion, studying for a degree, or shopping around for the cheapest groceries.

That is smart analysis from him, personaly I consider time spent running time well spent. The joy and pride I get from running is priceless!!

Easy Marathons For Beginner Runner : First Timer Marathon Races

With hundreds of marathons held around major cities in the US not all marathons are the same. Some marathons are harder than others and some are easy to run.A good example is Boston marathon, even without its requirement for proof of running a previous marathon, the hilly boston route would be handful for a marathon newbie.

Most beginners choose to run nearer home but if you are an adventure seek you can choose a marathon from a different city. In choosing a marathon to run a beginner should ask is the course flat or hilly.

If your goal is an easy marathon, I think you may benefit from US Airways article that listed some easy marathon across US.

Writer Larry Olmsted had a few simple criteria for choosing his first marathon: good weather, a flat course, a fun atmosphere and a high volume of registrants to lower his chances of coming in last!!!!!!

Easy beginners marathon

These were some of the marathon listed.

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.