The elusive goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon is something that every competitive runner dreams about. On top of hard work and training, becoming a Boston Qualifier means picking a race that works for you. The Snickers® Marathon and Half Marathon race is ranked as one of the top Boston qualifiers in the country. With over 20% of all marathon finishers qualifying, this is one of the nation’s fastest marathons.
It’s held annually each March in Albany, Georgia. The flat course runs along the scenic Flint River and the Spring weather is favorable for runners. If running the Boston Marathon is on your bucket list, check out these top reasons to register for the Snickers Marathon, then read my Albany Georgia Travel Guide.
5 Reasons to Run The Snickers Marathon in Albany
It’s Actually Flat
Don’t you hate registering for a “flat course” to find out it’s full of rolling hills? There is nothing worse than that. I can give the Snickers Marathon course my stamp of approval for being truly flat. The entire city of Albany is flat. The course runs through beautiful historic neighborhoods and alongside the Flint River. Click HERE to see the course elevation and map.
March is Mild Weather
Georgia weather, in the month of March, is typically cooler and the rainy season hasn’t started yet. The Snickers Marathon is the first weekend of March and runners can expect little to no humidity with 40 – 50 degrees mild morning temperatures.
Awards for Top Finishers
The SNICKERS® Marathon & Half Marathon awards $12,000 in prize money to marathon finishers, including $3,000 first male and female, $2,000 second male and female, and $1,000 third male and female. All age category and masters will receive awards for the top three finishers.
Miles of Spectators and Space to Run
Find some awesome Southern hospitality with spectators cheering you along for each mile. The folks of Albany, Georgia love to support the runners and spectate. First-timers and veteran runners will feel welcome.
Something you don’t find at many races is the opportunity to have two different start lines, one for the full marathon and one for the half marathon (side by side). This allows a safer start and a bit more elbow room while running. Less weaving means faster times.
Full Support With Aid Stations and Pace Groups
Hydration stations are located every two miles and bathrooms are positioned at every aid station. They offer Lemon-Lime Gatorade at each fuel station as well. Runners can sign up at the expo to join pace groups and help meet your finish time goal.
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