In today's print edition of The Bee, we reported that the Rename the Cowtown Half Marathon Contest -- necessitated because those weasels in Fort Worth, Texas, say they own the naming rights -- is down to three finalists:
- Urban Cow Half Marathon
- Holy Cow Half Marathon
- A Grazing Race Half Marathon
Read the full story, including names that didn't make the cut, here.
For those who read closely, it's mentioned that the marathon portion of the erstwhile Cowtown has been dropped.
Yeah, it's kind of sad. But, face it, the half marathon was always the big draw for this event. I've done both the half and full at Cowtown and, to be honest, I've enjoyed the half a lot more.
1. I don't like marathon courses that are two loops. I remember finishing the first loop of the marathon, and while the half marathon folks were being cheered home, we marathon folks kept slogging along. Once you leave Land Park to really get into the second half of the marathon, it got pretty darn lonely.
2. The Cowtown Marathon, held the first Sunday in October, was too close to the California International Marathon, held the first Sunday in December. For those of us injury-prone -- or mere running mortals -- that's not enough recovery time to even think about doing both races.
So this leaves Sacramento as a one-marathon town.
My question to you: Is Sacramento big enough to host two fairly well-attended marathons?
If so, would it be better to have a spring marathon here to complement CIM or do like Cowtown did and pick fall?