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Old January 19th, 2018, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Marathon in July?

I'm trying to arrange one race per month leading up to Duluth in September. With the demise of Barbary Coast, I've lost my only local race and I have a hole in my schedule for July.

I'm wary of the injury risk at Chicago. Ottawa has high travel costs and it's 30 laps of a 1.4Km loop.

Any other ideas?
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Old January 19th, 2018, 09:38 PM   #2
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The latest Chicago course was lots better than it had been in the past because they got rid of the long out & back on the self-destucting road. But we still have Tar Snake Alley.

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Old January 20th, 2018, 05:49 AM   #3
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The Laval IM near Montreal is July 8. I did it last year and had an axel come loose early on as the pavement was really rough. Checking the website, I see they changed the course, probably to the best pavement. I realize now this must be the 1.4km loop you mis-located to the west With Skate of the Union moving to late June, I am not aware of any great options for an IM in July. The yearly calendar options are dwindling over-all....

EDIT: I see the 2018 races post is where Laval was "moved" from Montreal to Ottawa. Not that long ago, Canada had three awesome courses and well attended IMs, a half IM, a 24 hour relay, and Defi (128km). Laval is a shell of the Montreal IM and Defi has basically become the Outlaw A2A (the year A2A was cancelled). The 24 hour relay is still awesome, but it seems like they are fighting harder each year to get a date from the track owners. P.S. I like to kid that I am the US record holder for the Defi (4:49) - a record that seems unlikely to be broken due to lack of US participation.
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Old April 8th, 2018, 07:55 PM   #4
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Chicagoland may have an entirely new venue this year, but it isn't clear if it will be in July. Keep an eye on that one.
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