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Miami Tropical Marathon Miami, FL
New marathon in 2003 - Half marathon also available
Finish line open 8 hours. Course closed to traffic based on 6 hour pace, slower participants will be moved to the sidewalk

Rock 'N Roll Arizona Marathon Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ
New marathon in 2004
Walkers welcome
Flat and fast, 7 hour course time limit, 3.5 hours for the half marathon.

San Diego Marathon Carlsbad, CA
Two hour early start for walkers (no walker awards)
Half marathon also available

Hops Marathon Tampa Bay, FL
Streets closed 6 hours, after 6 hours participants will be asked to use the sidewalk.
The finish line will remain open until all participants have completed the Marathon.

Disney World Marathon Orlando, FL
7 hour time limit
Fun Disney themes

Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon Clearwater, FL
7 hour time limit
10K also available

HP Houston Marathon Houston, TX
Increase to 6 hour time limit in 2003
Half marathon available



Myrtle Beach Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC
Course open 8 hours
Relay also available

Desert Classic Marathon Phoenix, AZ
No time limit for the Marathon or the Half Marathon.
The course is all on the Pima Indian reservation, with very little traffic

Blue Angel Marathon Naval Air Station - Pensacola, FL
With a 5 hour time limit, the marathon is only for fast walkers
The half marathon may be appealing for all levels

Mercedes Marathon Birmingham, AL
16 minute mile time limit for both the marathon and half marathon
Half marathon also available

Motorola Marathon Austin, TX
The course will close on a gradual schedule based on an 8 hour finish time
2 person relay available

Mardi Gras Marathon New Orleans, LA
Course open 7.5 hours
Racewalk category with awards!



Los Angeles Marathon Los Angeles, CA
No time limit -
Streets will re-open to traffic at approximately 13 minute mile pace
Large marathon with many walkers.

More Marathon New York City, NY
More Magazine and the New York Road Runners present the first marathon for women over 40 - Marathon or 2 person relay
Walkers welcome. 6.5 hour time limit

Dallas Trails Marathon Dallas, TX
Not a trail run... this is a paved path
Small marathon with very few walkers, but they are very friendly and supportive
Relay also available

Big D Texas Marathon Dallas, TX
New Marathon 2004
The course and finish line will be open 7 1/2 hours
Relay and 5k are also available

Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon Virgina Beach, VA
6 1/2 hour marathon time limit
marathon walkers are allowed a one hour early start (no walking awards)

Valley of the Sun Marathon Mesa, AZ
Course time limit is 7 hours
Finish line open 8 hours
Marathon, half marathon, 5k, skate, etc.

Washington DC Marathon Washington DC
Course closed to traffic based on 6 hour finish, slower walkers/runners will be moved to the sidewalk. Finish line open 8 hours
Marathon and relay available

Bataan Memorial Death March White Sands Missle Range, NM
Unlimited course time
26.2 mile march through the desert, honoring the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II

New site coming soon: http://www.bataanmarch.com
Catalina Marathon Catalina Island, CA
8 hour course time limit
Walking division - Walkers start half hour early
10k and 5k also available

Little Rock Marathon Little Rock, AR
Half marathon and relay also available
Walking division, 8 hour time limit, participants slower than 18:30 minute mile will be moved to the sidewalk



Spirit of St. Louis Marathon St. Louis, MO
Course closed to traffic 6.5 hours, with an additional one hour early start for walkers
Walking division (walking awards in the half)

Big Sur International Marathon Big Sur, CA
5 1/2 hour marathon time limit
21 mile (6 hour time limit), 10.6 mile and 9 mile non-competitive walk events

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Oklahoma City, OK
Traffic control will be provided for at least 6.5 hours. Later finishers will be supported.
Relays also available

Country Music Marathon Nashville, TN
7 hour time limit
Marathon and half marathon
Many walkers and good course support

New Jersey Shore Marathon Jersey Shore, NJ
7 hour time limit for walkers starting 1 hour before runners
10 mile run/walk also available

Salt Lake City Marathon Salt Lake City, UT
6 hour time limit, plus a one hour early start for walkers



Lincoln Marathon Lincoln, NB
Marathon and Half Marathon available

Lake Geneva Marathon Lake Geneva, WI
Marathon Walk starts 3 hours before runners
Relay, 25k, 10k, 5k also available

Journeys Marathon Eagle River, WI
Medals to all finishers
Non competitive marathon walk
Half marathon Power Walk with awards

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Cleveland, OH
New for 2005... walking division for the half and full marathon
8 hour course time limit (walkers begin at same time as runners)
Separate awards in walking division, walking will be honor system


Pittsburg Marathon Pittsburg, PA
New in 2003... early start for walkers
Walkers will have a 7 hour time limit

Green Bay Marathon Green Bay, WI
Course time limit 7 hours 15 minutes
Mostly flat, well marked course, with good support

Very HOT weather conditions in 2002, but the date has moved to May in 2003.

Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon Cincinnati, OH
Course time limit 6 hours, plus an additional early start for walkers
Walking division (course monitored to insure that those registered as walkers DO walk)

Avenue of the Giants Humboldt, CA
5 hour time limit, one hour early start available
Marathon, half marathon and 10K
Race through the beautiful redwoods

VIC Marathon Paul Smiths, NY
Trail marathon - fund-raiser for the Adirondack Park Institute
Solo or team event

Lakeshore Marathon Chicago, IL
6 hour time limit

CDA Marathon Coeur D'Alene, ID
5 Hour time limit for runners
Walkers allowed a two hour early start, no walker awards
Marathon and half marathon and 10K

"Beautiful course, (2 significant hills), very little crowd support, but all in all a wonderful marathon"



Suzuki Rock and Roll Marathon San Diego, CA
Course open 7 hours, must be able to complete half course in 4 hours

Walk Wisconsin Stevens Point, WI
Walk Wisconsin is non-competitive walking marathon taking place on Stevens Point's Green Circle Trail on National Trail Day, June 4, 2005, featuring full, half and quarter marathon distances for walkers of all levels of physical ability.
Course open 10 hours

Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon Deadwood, SD
Deadwood, South Dakota - Fly in to Rapid City
Free bus service to the start line - 7 AM start for both full and half.
Course is officially open for 7 hours, the race director says he will consider an early start for slower walkers - Small marathon, beautiful course, very walker friendly
Course open 7 hours, must be able to complete half course in 4 hours

Kona Marathon Kona, HI
9 hour time limit
Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K events

Mayors Midnight Sun Marathon Anchorage, AK
Course open 8 hours
Marathon and half marathon

Estes Park Marathon Estes Park, CO
Challenging and beautiful course
Time limit is 8 hours
10k and 5k also available

Grandma's Marathon Duluth, MN
Marathon course open 6 hours
Half marathon also available

Steamboat Springs Marathon Steamboat Springs, CO
Fast walkers - 5 1/2 hour time limit
Half marathon, and 10k available

Mostly downhill course. Selected by Runners World as one of the ten most scenic marathons of the year in 1996.

Walk With Me Marathon Eugene, OR
Marathon and half marathon available
This is an un-timed event (no time results are posted), 9 hour time limit

Lake Placid Marathon Lake Placid, NY
Marathon, half marathon, and 4 person relay available
5 1/2 hour traffic control, I was told there is an early start, but don't find this on the web site... be sure to check it out before registering




Humpy's Marathon Anchorage, AK
Marathon course open 7 hours - additional one hour early start for walkers
Marathon, half marathon, and 5K

Leading Ladies Marathon Lead, SD
2005 Inaugaral Event - All Women - All Downhill

The course will be run from Lead to Spearfish down the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.
Marathon course open 7 hours

Omaha Marathon Omaha, NE
Marathon, half marathon, and relay available



Top of Utah Marathon Logan, UT
6 hour course support
Half marathon 2 weeks earlier
Downhill scenic course

Duke City Marathon Albuquerque, NM
Walking division
Relay, half marathon, and 5K also available
Slow walkers reported a problem with course support in the 2003 event

Jimmy Fund Walk Boston, MA
Non profit, non-competitive walk
Boston Marathon Route
Fundraiser for cancer prevention

Air Force Marathon Dayton, OH
8 hour time limit
Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Relay also available

Quad Cities Marathon Moline, IL
6 hour time limit
Half marathon also available

Maui Marathon Maui, HI
Walkers welcome - Course open 8 hours - A flat walker friendly half marathon also available
Point to point, from Kahului to Kaanapali on the island of Maui. This course is recognized as one of the ten most scenic marathons in North America. A major portion of the course runs within 50 feet of the Pacific Ocean.

Lewis and Clark Marathon St. Charles, MO
Course is open 8 hours
Marathon and half marathon
The half marathon follows a narrow loop course that travels alongside the Missouri River, both north and south of Historic St. Charles. Because it follows the river the course is very flat, with the exception of one 200 meter long uphill followed by a longer downhill at the southern turnaround. Marathoners will complete the same loop twice.

Fox Cities Marathon Appleton, WI
Course is open 6 hours (2 hour early start is also available for participants needing more than 6 hours)
Relay also available
Half marathon and half marathon "Power Walk" (13.1 mile competitive walk with awards!)

Boulder Backroads Marathon Boulder CO
Walkers welcome - Non certified course - open 7 hours
Half Marathon also available
85% soft-pack dirt county roads that are open to traffic.

Des Moines Marathon Des Moines, IA
New marathon in 2002
Course open 7 hours
Additional early start available for walkers



Sport Shoe Center Maine Marathon Portland, ME
6 hour time limit - with an additional two hour early start for walkers only
Half Marathon and marthon relay also available

Detroit Free Press Marathon Detroit, MI
6 hour time limit, race walk category with awards
Marathon, relay, and 5k fun run

Akron Marathon Akron, OH
2003 Inaugaral event
6 hour time limit, course support will close based on a 13:45 minute pace
Marathon and relay available

Grand Canyon International Marathon Hualapai Indian Reservation, AZ
New marathon in 2002
7 hour time limit strictly enforced
Walkers welcome, no separate walker awards category
Half Marathon also available

Lake Tahoe Marathon Tahoe City, CA
9 hour time limit for marathon walk
Half marathon and 10k available, also 10k racewalk

Chicago Marathon Chicago, IL
Course gradually closes based on a 14 minute mile, 6 hour time limit
Finish line is officially open 6 1/2 hours

Baltimore Marathon Baltimore, MD
7 hour time limit
Relay also available

Portland Marathon Portland, OR
Course open 8 hours with good course support, slower walkers are moved to an alternate route after 6 hours. Many walkers
Racewalk category with awards!

Long Beach Marathon Long Beach, CA
Course open 6.5 hours
Marathon, half marathon, 5K, inline marathon, and bike tour
Racewalk category in the half marathon

Marine Corps Marathon Arlington, VA
The time restriction is in the time enforced to arrive at the 14th street bridge (20 miles) by a designated time (1:45). Slower walkers/runners unable to make the cutoff time are picked up by the shuttle and may not complete the course.

Durango Marathon Durango, CO
New marathon in 2002
The course is open 8 hours with an additional one hour early start for walkers, runs through one of the most scenic valleys in the country

Welch's Tri-Cities Marathon Richland, WA
Only for fast walkers - 5 hour limit
Marathon and Relay available
Scenic route

Mount Desert Island Marathon Bar Harbour, ME
New Marathon in 2002
Walkers start one hour early

"Spectacular scenery in a tiny New England town that will roll out the red carpet for the competitors."

Columbus Marathon Columbus, OH
Walking division - 8 hour limit
Fast course
Relay also available

Greater Hartford Marathon Hartford, CT
Course open 6 hours - slower participants will be moved to sidewalk
Half marathon, relay and half marathon racewalk (with awards) available.

Niagara Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort International Marathon Buffalo, NY
Buffalo, New York to Niagara Falls, Canada
Half marathon with a walking division also available - starts on the Canadian side

Sacramento Marathon Sacramento, CA
Walking division with age group awards in the marathon and the half marathon, medals to all finishers in both the marathon and the half.



New York City Marathon New York, NY
Half marathon also available.
Entry by lottery

Midsouth Marathon Wynn, AR
Marathon and half marathon, walking division available
6 hour official course time limit, with an additional one hour early start for walkers
Small marathon, friendly small town, wonderful volunteers, not many spectators

San Antonio Marathon San Antonio, TX
Fun marathon for the fast walker
6 hour course support (This race does allow a non-supported early start, but we do not recommend it. You will start in the dark on a very hard to follow course, with traffic.)

City of the Trees Marathon Boise, ID
Course open 8 hours for marathon, 5 hours for half
Half marathon also available

"The City of Trees Marathon course is a beautiful loop course starting and ending at the Owyhee Plaza."

SunTrust Marathon Richmond, VA
Course closed to traffic based on 14 minute mile
"America's Friendliest Marathon"

Harrisburg Marathon Harrisburg, PA
Mostly flat, out and back with loops, and a few rolling hills, blending urban and rural areas. Course support is closed based on a 13 minute mile pace. Walkers may start early with approval of the race director. (You must get an approval. This will be an unsupported early start. You must understand the risk and be prepared to be self sufficient until course support is in place.)



Seattle Marathon Seattle, WA
Course closed to traffic 7 hours
Walking division in both the marathon and the half marathon (no awards)

New Las Vegas Marathon Las Vegas, NV
New course and date for the LV Marathon. We are currently looking for time limit / pace information.

New Las Vegas Marathon will become the first race to run the world famous Las Vegas Strip and through the Fremont Street Experience on a flat loop course entirely within city limits

Kiawah Island Marathon Kiawah Island, SC
Walkers welcome - 8 hour time limit
Limited to 3000 participants
Half marathon also available

St. Jude Memphis Marathon Memphis, TN
7 hour time limit
Half marathon also available

The Rock - White Rock Lake Dallas, TX
Time limit for 2003 has been increase to 7.5 hours,
A half marathon and a relay (5 person) also available

Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, HI
No time limit
Racewalk category with awards!
10k also available

First Light Marathon Mobile, AL
Marathon and Half Marathon
8 hour time limit
Racewalk category with awards in both the half and full marthon!


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