My name is Emily and I'm 18 years old. I've been running for several years, but I've only done 5k's. I've recently gotten really interested in half marathons and I've been trying to find a good one to do. This will be my first one so I'm not looking for anything too challenging. I live in Birmingham, AL. I'd be willing to go out of state but not more than a 4 or 5 hours drive. Preferably closer : ). I looked at the Atlanta Thanksgiving marathon but read several reviews about how hilly it was. If anyone has any suggestions on any good races they would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!
Congrats on th decision to run your first half-marathon! And, you are in luck. The Rock n Roll Marathon Series has just added Birmingham, AL to its list of races, and the first event is slated for this summer. (http://running.competitor.com/2011/01/news/birmingham-alabama-to-host-inaugural-marathon_20905#) Though they have not announced an official race date yet, I'm sure something will come out about this in the next few weeks.
I've done TONS of Rock n Roll events (which have full marathon events, half-marathons, and relay events in every city) and they are so much fun! I would definitely recommend this for your first race because there is so much excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this event that you will have no problem making it across the finish line. They have bands located along the race route at every 1 1/2 miles or so, cheerleaders from local highschools, tons of spectators cheering you on, and a great supportive team. You will love it! Plus, there's a HUGE party at the finish line :-)
Good Luck & Happy Running!