Where: Portland, Ore.
When: Oct. 10, 2010
More Info: Portland Marathon
While the Portland Marathon may not have quite as many walkers as the Honolulu trek, it boasts a hefty percentage, fully a quarter of its participants, according to the official Web site.
Runner's World magazine ranked it the most walker-friendly marathon in 2004, and it's considered one of the best marathons for novices in general, not just walkers. It has a lengthy 8-hour time limit and beautiful weather for a long walk: 55 degrees and sunny for almost every one of its 28 years (in fact, according to the organizers, it has only rained once on marathon day).
And for competitive walkers, there's a racewalk division with medals.
These are five of the best walking marathons, but there are dozens more available. For more information, look over the links below.
- America's Walking: 18-Week Walk a Marathon Program. PBS.http://www.pbs.org/americaswalking/health/health18week.html
- The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walkhttp://www.jimmyfund.org/eve/event/boston-marathon-jimmy-fund-walk/
- Kandel, Erin. Walker-Friendly Marathons. Marathon Guide.http://www.marathonguide.com/news/exclusives/WalkerFriendlyMarathons.cfm
- Marathon Calendar for Walkers. Marathon Walking.http://www.marathonwalking.com/calendar_marathons.html
- The Moon Walk.http://www.walkthewalk.org/Home
- Portland Marathonhttp://www.portlandmarathon.org/
- Walking Events. The Walking Site.http://www.thewalkingsite.com/events.html
- Walking Events. Yoga Health Benefits. Aug. 4, 2010.http://www.yogawiz.com/blog/walking/race-walking-running-events-charity-walks-marathons.html
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