Of those I've chosen, all accept walkers, but only the Cincy one has dedicated Competitive walking divisions. There are others that have such, but economics and pre-planned travel had to play a part this year! Also, I usually only race in the Spring and Autumn. In my search for a Spring or Autumn race this year, I came across a good many walker-friendly or walker-welcome ones, so thought I'd share (even threw a couple of Summer ones in for you). There are a LOT more out there; these are just some of the ones that happened to fit my criteria. Email me with more and I'll gladly add them to the list!
PARTIAL MARATHON 2012 SCHEDULE
SPRINGApril 14th, 2012: Martian Marathon (Dearborn. MI): walkers welcome, but no separate divisions
May 6th, 2012: Borgess (Kalamazoo, MI) -walkers allowed, but no separate division
May 6th, 2012: Cincinnati Flying Pig - a great one for walkers! Separate walking divisions (honour system) and results posted separately, no awards
May 6th, 2012: Mississauga, ON-separate results; no awards
May 6th, 2012: Quebec City, Quebec -walker division and early start
May 12, 2012: Journey's Marathon ( Eagle River WI) - separate 13.1 Power Walk division (honour systems) and results. Beautiful area! No awards (due to honour system)
May 13, 2012: Sudbury Rocks! (Sudbury, ON) -walkers welcome, but no separate divisions, results or awards.
May 20, 2012: Cleveland, OH -separate divisions and results; 5k; unsure about awards (rumour has it yes).
May 26-27: Ottawa -separate walking division and results. No awards.
August 19th: Edmonton, AB -separate walk division and awards
August 26th, 2012: Bayshore (Owen Sound, ON)-separate walkers divisions, results and awards.
September 23rd: KW Walking Classic (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON) - Walkers only Competitive Event: half marathon, 10K, 5K.
September 23rd:: Toronto Island Girl Half (Toronto, ON) -separate results, but no awards
September 23rd, 2012: Run for Heroes (Amherstburg, ON) -fast walkers allowed (at least in the 10K that I know of), but no separate divisions
September 29, 2012: Run for the Toad, Pinehurst Conservation Area (Paris ON) -- separate division with awards; 25k distance for walkers
September 30th, 2012: Brooksie Way (Rochester, MI) -walkers welcome…that’s all.
October 7th, 2012 - Portland Marathon (Portland OR) -one of THE premiere races for walkers. Racewalk AND Nordic Walking divisions. Sells out quickly!
October 14th, 2012: Mother Road (OK/ KA/MO)-walkers welcome; no separate results or awards
October 20th, 2012: Cincinnati Half Marathon (Cincinnati, OH)-walking division! –capped at 5,000 – through downtown and along the Ohio River – separate start – walking awards!!!!
October 20th, 2012: Waddell & Reed Marathon (Kansas City, MO) - walkers welome, but no separate division
October 21st, 2012: Niagara Falls, ON -walk division; late start (10 am); no awards due to no marshals; results posted separately
October 21st, 2012: Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon (Detroit, MI) -very walker friendly; separate walking division and results; must wear second bib to keep you honest!; awards
October 21st, 2012: Columbus Marathon (Columbus, OH) - simply one of the best for walkers. Separate Competitive Walk division with awards. Walkers treated with respect!
October 21st, 2012: Grand Rapids, MI -walkers have early start (so stats are separate); no awards
October 21st, 2012: St. Louis Rock n’ Roll-walker-friendly; no separate division
October 21st, 2012: Des Moines, Iowa-walkers welcome
October 20th/21st, 2012: Duke City Marathon (Albuquerque, NM) - separate walking division, results and awards for the 20k walk. Also a 5k walk.
October 27th, 2012: Monster Dash (Minneapolis/St. Paul)-generous time allotment but no mention of walkers; Great swag
November 4th, 2012: Bass Pro Marathon (Springfield, MO)-walkers allowed
November 17th/18th, 2012: Tulsa Route 66 -walkers welcome, but no separate divisions or results.
November 25th: Seattle Marathon -separate marathon and half marathon walk divisions, but no awards.