4 Things to Consider When Picking a Half (or Full) Marathon

Thinking about running a half marathon or even a full marathon this fall? Here are some things to consider before you register for one of these races!

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The cost: The cost of a race registration for a half marathon can range from $30 to $100, and the longer you wait to register, the more expensive it is. In addition to the cost of registration, you should also consider travel costs. Are you driving or will you need to fly? Where will you stay? A hotel or can you bunk up with family or friends? Travel expenses add up quickly, so before signing up for a fall race, sit down and hash out all of the travel and related costs first.

The reviews: Especially for larger races, you can read a variety of reviews online to get a feel for the race and what it is all about before your sign up for it. Of course, all race websites will say their race is the best, so read real, honest reviews from runners online. A simple web search (race name + review) will turn up all sorts of information. Additionally, running blogs have a plethora of race recaps on them. For example, here's one for the Los Angeles Marathon from Run Eat Repeat.

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