LOCATION: Albany, New York
DATE: October 13
Like the Bay State Marathon, more than one-third of entrants in the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon qualify for Boston. The reason why: so many fast people from New York City make the three-hour drive north to take advantage of its flat route. The 26.2 miles mostly follow bike paths along the Mohawk and Hudson rivers from Schenectady to Albany, dropping a total of 370 feet in elevation, with only a few tiny climbs along the way.