Did your favorite Marathon make the list?
Best Rural Race: Napa Valley Marathon
Best Small-Town Race: Richmond, Virginia
Best Big-City Race: New York City
Best Destination: Honolulu
Best Chance for a PR: Chicago
Toughest Marathon: Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs)
Most Charitable: Marine Corps (Washington, D.C.)
Most Legendary: Boston
Best New(er) Race: Baltimore
Best Race at Altitude: Salt Lake City
Most Scenic: Big Sur
Best Place to Feel Like a Movie Star: Los Angeles
Best Marathon/Vacation Combo: Vancouver, B.C.
Best Race to Leave the Kids Behind: Las Vegas
Best Race with a Half Marathon: Flying Pig (Cincinnati)
Best Race Off the Radar: Cal International
Best Race That Lives Up to the Hype: Twin Cities
For detailed information on each of these "best races," check out the article, A Guide to Some of the Best Marathons in North America
Personally I like the Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks Alaska. It's a tough course... some say second only to Pikes Peak. I have run the Equinox twice, and recently as a 50K Ultra. The perks of the race are:
1. Great organization - a lot of planning goes into it each year
2. Challenging course - rolling hills then up the side of a mountain and back down then more rolling hills. Aid stations every 3 miles whether you need them or not.
3. Scenery - Fall in Alaska, need I say more?
4. Friendly attitude - I have heard from numerous individuals that the Equinox is the friendliest Marathon they have run. Even your competitors cheer you on.
5. Small Group - there were only about 1000 entries this year
Just a couple of reasons I like the Equinox... hope to see you there!