March Madness 2015: Round II!

This is not the actual trophy. The actual trophy will be much more imaginary. Flickr Commons image by shorts and longs
This is not the actual trophy. The actual trophy will be much more imaginary. Flickr Commons image by shorts and longs

On to Round II of our March Madness Greatest Marathon Tournament where YOU get to decide which U.S. marathon is tops! In case you’re just joining us, we’ve matched up marathons with anywhere from 800 to 8,000 participants and you vote for which race advances to the next round.

In Round I, we had the predictable powerhouse wins, like Richmond (which defeated Rehoboth Beach)  and Twin Cities (which took down the Martian Marathon), but we have some possible Cinderella stories happening in the South and West Divisions were the David-like 26.2 with Donna and Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon eeked out victories against the Goliath-like Dallas and Portland Marathons respectively. The Southern Division has the most upsets and the Central the least. The Columbus Marathon got the most votes by far!  Click here for the updated bracket.

What will happen in Round II? YOU decide! Voting closes at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow, March 31.


1. Medtronics Twin Cities Marathon (1) vs Grandma’s Marathon (2):

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2. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon (3) vs Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon (4):

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3. Akron Marathon (12) vs Detroit Free  Press Marathon (6):

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4. Air Force Marathon (7) vs Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon (9):

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East Division

1. Anthem Richmond Marathon (1) vs Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon (2):

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2. Erie Marathon at Presque Isle (14) vs Vermont City Marathon (4):

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3. NU Hartford Marathon (5) vs Steamtown Marathon (6):

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4. Yuengling Shamrock Marathon (7) vs Wineglass Marathon (8):

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South Division

1. 26.2 with Donna (16) vs Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon (15):

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2. St. Jude Country Music Marathon (3) vs Austin Marathon (4):

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3. Rocket City Marathon (12) vs Louisiana Marathon (11):

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4. Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon (7) vs Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon (8):

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West Division

1. Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon (16) vs St. George Marathon (2)

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2. Eugene Marathon (14) vs California International Marathon (4)

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3. Big Sur International Marathon (5) vs BMO Harris Bank Phoenix Marathon (6)

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4. Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon (10) vs U.S. Bank O.C. Marathon (9)

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Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. KY Derby Festival Marathon is the best — you can’t beat running through the Churchill Downs infield the weekend before the big race!

  2. Have to say I’m partial to Grandma’s (my first), Richmond (ran with Runner’s World Challenge), Big Sur (celebrated by anniversary with my husband who became a runner training for this!) and Detroit (the D – hopefully my next in my home state). Grandma’s, Richmond and Big Sur all had fantastic views of hills and water – just beautiful. The D? We’ll see….