Bayshore marathon in Traverse City has raved about it. It's an out and back right along the coast of Lake Michigan. Hal says it's one of his favorites in the Midwest. I missed the sell out point for regular registration, but just for kicks, put myself on the waiting list. I was #83 and figured I'd never hear from them.
I had the idea on Saturday that I want to do one more between the Flying Pig and Chicago/Detroit so I end the year with an even 20.
It was serendipity then that on Sunday an email dropped in - spots are available, and am I still interested? My first reaction was YES! Then I started to think about it. It's Memorial Day weekend, so traffic will be crazy trying to get up north on Friday afternoon, hotel rooms either won't be available, or will be super expensive, and Bill doesn't think he can make it. Do I really want to drive myself 5 hours each way for a mini beach vacation and marathon? We're already planning a beach vacay on the summer solstice.
Then I thought about the cost. It would be $95 for the race, plus hotel, plus gas, and this just doesn't seem the year for it. Maybe next year. Enjoy running it person #84 on the waiting list :D