Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Columbus, Ohio "Last Chance for Boston" Marathon

The name says it all: the "Last Chance for Boston" Marathon claims to be the last marathon that will enable you to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The marathon takes place on February 17th, and if you're a real procrastinator you'll be glad to know that registration is open through the morning of the race! (Note: online registration closes the day before the race, Saturday the 16th, at 8 a.m.)

The marathon features a fast, flat USATF-certified course. The event also features a half marathon, 10K, and 5K, but let's face it, most of the entrants will be trying to get in under the wire to qualify for Boston.

Columbus, Ohio in February may not be everyone's idea of a perfect marathon spot, but if you want to qualify for the big Patriot's Day race, this is apparently the place to be. And hey, Boston in April can be pretty cold, windy, and raw, so who knows, the weather in Columbus this weekend might even be better than that at the Boston Marathon.

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