If you are beginning a search for where you want to run your marathon, there likely are more important things to consider than "my cousin lives there." Now, running a marathon while visiting your family is great....unless you have specific goals you want to attain in the marathon. If you are looking for the trip, and the family visit, go for it. But if you want to run faster, set a PR, or qualify for Boston, you need to pick a course that will allow that.
So, what is a "fast marathon"? Likely it's one that is fairly flat, doesn't have too much elevation, one not so large that it's congested, and one that is held in cool/cold weather. Break these rules and, likely, you will end up wondering "what happened?" There are other considerations, but these stand out quickly. Too often I see people select a marathon and then are disappointed in their results. Just because the location is appealing doesn't mean that the course will allow you to have a fair shot at accomplishing your goals. Oh, and the same applies to the half marathon, or even shorter races.
Study the facts about the race before you make a selection.
Chose wisely and select a race that will allow you a fair chance of success in attaining your time goals.
Kenneth Williams, @MarathonKoach.
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