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How about a "Marathon Forum"?
The suggestion has been made, but I wanted to add some reasons for it, and to petition the other members to show their support for it.
If you look across all of the forums, there is one topic that is common to almost all of them - the marathon.
In Basic Training you have questions about the long run. What's the optimum distance? How many should I do? In R&RR you have the Marathon Training threads. In Mainstream you have questions about how to do marathon pace runs. Even in Just Running you have a few topics related to the marathon. If a person wants to know how to carbo load for a marathon, instead of wading through all of the general topics in Carbo Canteen, they could go to the "Carbo loading" topic in the Marathon forum. Share your carbo loading regimen with others there. Got a question about a particular marathon (Chicago, NYC, ...)? What is the course like, ... etc.? It could even have a "Training Schedules" topic. Why search across the internet for Higdon, Galloway, ... etc. Find the link to theirs and other schedules in one place I see a lot of posts where a person has a question about doing "long runs". To someone just starting to run, 5 miles is a long run. To a person training for a 1/2M a long run might be 12 miles. This way, if it's specifically about training for a marathon, then it can go to the Marathon forum. How do I get through the "wall"? Or, how often should I drink a sport drink, or take a gel during a marathon? Got a first time marathon question? Want a strategy for doing multiple marathons? It could even be a place for talking about great marathoners. I saw a topic about Alberto Salazar in Newbie Cafe. Hey, post it in the Marathon forum where everybody can see it! I noticed that in Multisport someone had a question about making the transition from triathlon to training specifically for a marathon. Need a marathon strategy for the Ironman? The people in Multisport can either post their Ironman questions in the Marathon forum, or get/share advice there.
Boston:Running the Boston marathon? Or wanting to qualify? There were enough questions about Boston for it to have its own forum! I must have seen a few dozen topics about Boston this year. How do I pace myself? How do I handle the hills? What do I do before the start? Where's a good hotel? Where should my friend drop me off? With a marathon forum there would be one central place for all Boston questions. And you'd probably have fewer topics because they would be easier to find if they're in just one place.
Edited to include nominations
Nominations for Moderator: Kemibe, Centipede, Sue, dallison, (co-moderators from the names mentioned), ...
great reasons! I'm for it...
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Yeah, I'm frankly amazed that there isn't a Marathon forum, already. Seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it?
Marathons are so popular among runners, these days, that it would be beneficial for runners to be able to find information, ask questions and engage in discussions all in a single, dedicated place. Even runners who have not run a marathon dream of it, and want to read/post/think/ask about it. The marathon continues to have such a mystique, despite its popularity, that it's a natural topic.
Right now, comments and questions are spread out in various forums and threads, and anyone who wants to read much on the subject has to hop scotch all over, without ever knowing if s/he looked in the right place. And posters have to wonder if their posts/questions are being put in the best area for discussion. It's a guessing game at present.
This is about more than mere popularity, though. If it were just that, the BEER thread would deserve its own forum! It's also about tuning-in to the soul of running, which is embodied in the marathon for such a wide variety of people.
I think a Marathon forum is a "gimme." Just do it!
It makes sense to me. The marathon is a huge beast, and a marathon forum would rapidly evolve a culture all it's own. However, I wouldn't want to see a 10K forum, 5k forum, half-marathon forum, etc.
When you're training for a marathon you want to live, eat, and breath marathon info. This new forum would be that place for many people.
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Just a thing to think about: there are various aspects about marathons and running in general that each forum covers - training, strategy, fueling, injuries, et al. that non-marathoners can benefit from participating in - along with marathoners, ultramarathoners, and triathletes. It would be a shame to preclude these people simply because they chose not to run 26.2-mile races.