This article was first published May 2017 by Ginger.
This week I begin a 15 week training cycle for the Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes, to be held on June 14th, 2015 in Iowa. I happened to stumble across this marathon when doing a Google search for “spring marathons in Iowa.” Why Iowa? A good friend of mine lives there and I thought it would be nice to come visit and run somewhere new. This will be just the third year for the race.
After a little research, I noticed the times for the last two years were on the slower side. In 2014, the women’s winner went 3:23 and last year, 3:21. On top of slower times and a small field, there is also prize money. Like, good prize money. We’re talking $700 for first place. I reached out to the race director and asked if the course was terribly challenging or just small. He replied that not only is the race a tad hilly but the last two years it has rained during the race. They moved the race to June in the hopes of having a better turnout.
My outright advertising of what seems to be a diamond in the rough race isn’t the smartest move if my goal is to win.
What? Win, you ask? My 5k PR is 21:35. How do I expect to win a marathon? Read more >>