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quad cities marathon vs. des moines

Posted by DBQ

I am about to run my first marathon.  Do you recommend the Des Moines, Quad Cities, or Twin Cities Marathon? 

I am nervous about the hills.  I used to run the BIX in the quad cities and would get stuck with a side ache after the first major hill that I never got the time I had hoped to get.  It happened on three different occations. 

I saw all three of these courses have hills and I read that I should train at least once a week for hills, but I had hoped I would get into a flat race.  Now, I realize they are all full and I have to run hills.  Which course would be less discouraging to a first time marathoner?

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