Spring Marathon Season

Spring is fast approaching and it’s the time of the year and perfect for considering a marathon to kick off your season.   The marathon or half marathon can be the needed push to get into gear for those of you living in cold climates for the winter.

If you have not been racing throughout the winter months, the spring marathon will offer the mental boost to get your mind back into racing mode.   Even running within a large group like a marathon will make the run more exciting vs. solo or small group runs.  It’s the excitement of race day that is missed during the long winter season that is the enticement to sign up for an event.

Even if you are not fully trained, consider adding the half/full marathon to gauge your current fitness level.

Establish some basic goals:

  1. Run to finish
  2. Negative split
  3. Specific time goal
  4. Run the entire weekend of events (if the race weekend has shorter events.)
  5. Do the race on fatigued legs and incorporate into your training schedule.

I found 60 marathons in April and 82 in May within the US and Canada.   Check out Marathonguide.com for complete listings.

10 Marathons to consider (April and May):

  1. San Luis Obispo Marathon, April 7th
  2. Big D Texas Marathon, April 14th
  3. Boston Marathon, April 15th (must qualify)
  4. Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, April 27th
  5. Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, April 28th
  6. OC Marathon,  May 5th
  7. Pittsburgh Marathon, May 5th
  8. Vancouver International Marathon, May 5th
  9. Capital City Marathon, May 19th
  10.  Ottawa Marathon, May 26th

Nothing like the beginning of the warmer months for the racing season and it’s fast approaching.   Sign up for a marathon today!

By Wayne Kurtz

Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report,  he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’