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87 Grapevine

ULTRA CENTRIC GOLD RUSH 6HRS, GRAPEVINE, TEXAS, USA

Marathon: 87

American state: 18/50

Result:

5:59:32 (2012-11-16)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/ultra-centric-marathon-grapevine-texas.htm

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TEXAS, USA

State capital: Austin (885,000)

State population: 26,1 million (Dallas 1,26 million)

State nickname: The Lone Star State

State bird: Mockingbird

State mammal:

Texas Longhorn, Nine-banded Armadillo, Mexican Free-tailed Bat, Blue Lazy, American Quarter Horse

State motto:

Friendship

Famous people from Texas:

Steven Fuller Austin (founding father of Texas), Dwight David Eisenhower (U.S. president), Larry Hagman (actor), Ben Hogan (golfer), Buddy Holly (musician), Howard Hughes (industrialist, film producer), Lyndon B. Johnson (U.S. president), Michael Johnson (olympic sports), Janis Joplin (blues singer), Tommy Lee Jones (actor), Roy Orbison (singer), Willie Nelson (singer)

Fun facts about Texas:

Texas comes from the Hasinai Indian word tejas meaning friends or allies. Texas is the only state to have the flags of six different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/texas.htm#.U8TpOlZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g55711-Dallas_Texas-Vacations.html

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Newport

NEWPORT MARATHON, RHODE ISLAND, USA

Marathon: 82

American state: 30/50

Result:

4:20:26 (2012-10-14)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/newport-marathon-rhode-island-4-19.htm

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RHODE ISLAND, USA

State capital: Providence

State population: 1,1 million

State nickname: The Ocean State

State bird: Rhode Island Red

State motto: 

Hope

Famous people from Rhode Island:

Ida Lewis (lighthouse keeper), Peter Farrelly (writer, director), Ruth Hussey (actress)

Fun facts about Rhode Island:

Rhode Island is the smallest state in size in the United States. It covers an area of 1,214 square miles. Its distances North to South are 48 miles and East to West 37 miles

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/rdisl.htm#.U8RQPFZn7eY

Logistic:

https://www.tripadvisor.se/Tourism-g54097-Narragansett_South_County_Rhode_Island-Vacations.html

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60 Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO MARATHON, MICHIGAN, USA

Marathon: 60

American state: 32/50

Result:

3:49:26 (2012-05-06)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/kalamazoo-marathon-3-49-19.htm

Website: http://thekalamazoomarathon.com

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MICHIGAN, USA

State capital: Lansing

State population: 9,9 million

State bird: Robin

State mammal: Deer

State motto:

”Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circum spice” [If you are seeking a amenable (pleasant) peninsula, look around you]

Famous people from Michigan:

Madonna (singer), Kristen Bell (actress), Serena Williams (tennis player), Iggy Pop (singer), Stevie Wonder (singer), Diana Ross (singer), Henry Ford (entrepreneur), Alice Cooper (singer), Tom Selleck (actor)

Fun fact about Michigan:

Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/michigan.htm#.VrEDHTbTKFA

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g42354-Kalamazoo_Kalamazoo_County_Michigan-Vacations.html

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68 Tracysfatass

TRACY’S FAT ASS MARATHON, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA

Marathon: 68

American State: 8/50

Result:

6:34:00 (2012-07-30)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/tracy-s-fat-ass-marathon-san.htm

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CALIFORNIA, USA

State capital: Sacramento

State population: 38.3 million

State nick name: The Golden State

State mammal: California grizzly bear

State bird: California Valley Quail

State motto:

Eureka! (I have found it!)

Famous people from California:

Dian Fossey (zoologist), Jennifer Aniston (actress), Jack Black (actor), Kevin Costner (actor), Clint Eastwood (film producer, actor), Will Ferrell (actor), Jodie Foster (actress), Steve Jobs (entrepreneur), Michelle Pfeiffer (actress)

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43 Louisiana

LOUISIANA MARATHON, BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, USA

Marathon: 43

American state: 19/50

Result:

3:12:59 (2012-01-15)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/louisiana-marathon-20120115-3-12-59.htm (2012)

Website: http://www.thelouisianamarathon.com

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LOUISIANA, USA

State capital: Baton Rouge

State population: 4,6 million

State nickname: The Pelican State

State bird: Eastern Brown Pelican

State mammal: Black bear, Catahoula Leopard dog

State motto:

Union, justice and confidence

Famous people from Louisiana:

Louis Armstrong (music), Fats Domino (music), Jerry Lee Lewis (music), Kitty Carlisle (singer, actress), Dorothy Lamour (actress)

Fun facts about Louisiana:

Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the United States; the building is 450 feet tall with 34 floors.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/louis.htm#.U8PguFZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g40024-Baton_Rouge_Louisiana-Vacations.html

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133 Baltimore

BALTIMORE MARATHON, MARYLAND, USA

Marathon: 133

American state: 16/50

Result: 

4:22:25 (2014-10-18)

Photos & Race report:
http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/baltimore-marathon-maryland.htm (2014)

Website: http://www.thebaltimoremarathon.com

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MARYLAND, USA

State capital: Annapolis

State population: 5,6 million (Baltimore 622,000)

State nickname: The Old Line State

State bird: Baltimore Oriole

State mammal: Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Calico Cat, Thoroughbred

State motto:

Manly deeds, womanly words

Famous people from Maryland:

Babe Ruth (baseball), Frank Zappa (music), John Wilkes Booth (actor, Lincoln assassin), Billie Holiday (jazz-blues singer), Francis Scott Key (laywer, author), Leon Uris (author)

Fun facts about Maryland:

America’s national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key a Maryland lawyer. It is believed Key wrote the anthem on September 14, 1814 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor.

Since May 30th, 1949 the United States flag has flown continuously over the monument marking the site of Francis Scott Key’s birthplace. The flag flies at Terra Rubra Farm, Carroll County, Keymar, Maryland as mandated by a Joint Resolution of Congress.

The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use.

The first dental school in the United States opened at the University of Maryland.

Annapolis is known as the sailing capital of the world.

Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, was born in Baltimore and attended Saint Mary’s Industrial School. Other Major League Ball player besides ”The Babe” born in Maryland include Cal Ripken, Jr., Billy Ripken, Lefty Grove, Frank (Home Run) Baker, Harold Baines, Al Kaline, Denny Neagle, and Jimmie Foxx.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/maryland.htm#.U8Pn8FZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60811-Baltimore_Maryland-Vacations.html

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134 CapeCod

CAPE COD MARATHON, FALMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS, USA

Marathon: 134

American State: 1/50

Result:

4:46:29 (2014-10-25)

Photos & Race Report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/cape-cod-marathon-falmouth-massachusetts.htm

Website: http://www.capecodmarathon.com

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MASSACHUSETTS, USA

State capital: Boston

State population: 6.7 million (Falmouth 32,000)

State nickname: The Bay State

State bird: Chickadee

State mammal: Right Whale, Boston Terrier, Tabby cat, Morgan horse

State motto:

By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty

Famous people from Massachusetts:

John Adams (president), Susan B. Anthony (woman suffragist), Benjamin Franklin (statesman/scientist), John F. Kennedy (president), Edgar Allan Poe (writer), Samuel Adams (patriot)

Fun facts about Massachusetts:

Brewster has become the de facto ”Wedding Capital of Cape Cod” because of its many small and larger inns that cater to weddings.

There is a house in Rockport built entirely of newspaper.

The first basketball game was played in Springfield 1891. The Basketball Hall Of Fame is located in Springfield.

The American industrial revolution began in Lowell. Lowell was America’s first planned industrial city.

Although over 30 communities in the colonies eventually renamed themselves to honor Benjamin Franklin. The Massachusetts Town of Franklin was the first and changed its name in 1778.

Norfolk County is the birthplace of four United States presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/mass.htm#.U8PrNlZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g41565-Falmouth_Cape_Cod_Massachusetts-Vacations.html

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Jersey Marathon, Channel Islands:

Result: 5:04:30 (2015-10-04)

Marathon: 145

Marathon Country: 54

Race report: http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/jersey-marathon-betydligt-fler-an-tre.htm

Website: http://www.jersey-marathon.com/home

 

Jersey;

Population: 100.000

Currency: Pound Sterling

Fun facts about Jersey: Two golfers from Jersey have won The Open Championship 7 times between them, Harry Vardon winning 6 times and Ted Ray winning once. Harry and Ted also won the U.S. Open one time each and Harry’s brother Tom Vardon had some smaller wins on European Tours.

The Channel Islands are actually made up of seven different islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou and Lihou.

Jersey is officially the sunniest place in the British Isles.

Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey both issue their very own bank notes and coins, although UK currency is widely accepted on the islands. The islands also have their own phone and postal systems.

Jersey was a favourite holiday destination of the Father of Communism, Karl Marx.

Herm is home to the smallest prison in the world. It has room for just one person!

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles occupied by the Germans in World War II.

Jersey and Guernsey were the home in exile of French playwright and author, Victor Hugo who completed Les Miserables on Guernsey.

The islands are self-governing and have their own parliaments.

The Channel Islands are all smaller than Greater London!

More facts: https://www.jersey.com/business/archive/tradeinformation/Pages/DidYouKnow.aspx

Logistic: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g186230-Jersey_Channel_Islands-Hotels.html

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PENANG BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, PENANG, MALAYSIA

Marathon: 149

Marathon Country: 55

Result: 

5:44:19 (2015-11-22)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/penang-bridge-international-marathon-malaysia.htm

Website: http://www.penangmarathon.gov.my/portal

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MALAYSIA

Capital: Kuala Lumpur (1,59 million)

Population: 30.2 million

Currency: Ringgit (MYR)

Motto:

”Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu” (”Unity is Strength”)

Fun facts about Malaysia:

In 1997, the state of Kelantan, Malaysia ruled that lights would be kept on in cinemas in order to deter people from kissing and cuddling.

Five of Malaysia’s six Olympic medals were for men’s badminton; the other was for diving.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur was 14.4C (57.9F); the average annual rainfall is 95.5 inches.

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998-2004.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-malaysia-1519.html

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g298302-Penang-Hotels.html

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RAYONG MARATHON, THAILAND

Marathon: 150

Marathon Country: 56

Result: 

5:43:09 (2015-11-29)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/index.htm?date=2015-11-01

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THAILAND

Capital: Bangkok (6,36 million)

Population: 67 million

Currency: Baht (THB)

Motto:

”Nation, religion, kung”

Fun facts about Thailand:

According to the World Meteorological Organization, Bangkok is apparently the hottest capital city in the world.

In Thailand it is deemed impolite to ask someone their age or salary.

It is called the “Land Of Smiles,” because of its ever smiling, inviting, soft spoken, friendly, and hospitable inhabitants.

In Thai tradition, the tradition of touching the head is severely looked down upon. The Thais believe that the soul resides in the head, which makes it an extremely sacred place that should not be touched.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-thailand-10285.html

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g297935-Rayong_Rayong_Province-Hotels.html

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151 Singapore Marathon

STANDARD CHARTERED SINGAPORE MARATHON

Marathon: 151

Marathon Country: 57

Result:

6:57:17 (2015-12-06)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/singapore-marathon-2015-i-shall-return.htm

Website: http://www.marathonsingapore.com

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SINGAPORE

Capital: Singapore

Population: 5,5 million

Currency: Singapore dollar

Motto:

”Majulah Singapura” (”Onward, Singapore”)

Famous people from Singapore:

Jackie Chan (actor), Erica Tham (actress)

Fun facts about Singapore:

Though there is no scientific explanation for it, it has been seen that more Singaporeans are born in the month of October than any other month of the year.

Bukit Timah Hill, 164 meters high, forms the highest natural point in Singapore.

Singapore is made up of one main island and 63 other tiny islands. Most of the islands of the country are uninhabited.

The symbol of Singapore is ‘The Merlion’, half-fish and half-lion beast.

Singapore boasts of housing ‘The Night Safari’, the first night zoo in the whole world.

Singapore is counted amongst the 20 smallest countries of the world. However, it is the second most densely populated country in the world, after Monaco.

More facts: http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-singapore-1470.html

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g294265-Singapore-Hotels.html

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RICHMOND PARK MARATHON, LONDON, ENGLAND

Marathon: 127

Marathon Country: 43

Result:

5:28:37 (2014-05-18)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/richmond-park-marathon-london-england.htm (2014)

Website: http://www.richmondparkmarathon.co.uk

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ENGLAND

Capital: London (8,54 million)

Population: 53 million

Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)

Famous people from England:

Charles Darwin (naturalist), Princess Diana, David Beckham (soccer), J.K Rowling (author), Jane Austen (novelist), Winston Churchill (politician/author), William Shakespeare (writer), Charles Dickens (novelist)

Fun facts about England:

London was known by different names previously. When the Romans invaded England, they referred London as Londonium. The Saxons called it Ludenwic and during the reign of Alfred the Great, it the city was known as Ludenburg.
The largest and the oldest royal residence in the word is the Windsor Castle. The castle is also under continuous occupation and it is still being used as a royal home.

In England during the medieval ages, even animals were not spared from the law. Any animal caught for doing any mischief or damage would be brought to court and tried and sentenced by the judge.

The Buckingham Palace was constructed on the site of a brothel.

From 1066 to 1362, French was the official language of England.

The world’s first postage stamps were issued in England. Since English were the first to issue postage stamps, England is the only country in the world that does not mention the country’s name on the stamps.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-england-10124.html

Logistic: 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g186338-London_England-Vacations.html

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COSTA RICA MARATHON, SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

Marathon: 139

Marathon Country: 50

Result: 

4:41:48 (2014-12-07)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/costa-rica-marathon-50-e-marathonlandet.htm (2014)

Website: http://marathoncostarica.com/bienvenidos/index.php

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COSTA RICA

Capital: San Jose

Population: 4,9 million

Currency: Costa Rican Colón (CRC)

Motto:

Noble motherland, your beautiful flag

Famous people from Costa Rica:

Celso Borges (soccer), Giannini Facio (actress), Franklin Chang Diaz (astronaut)

Fun facts about Costa Rica:

The name ‘Costa Rica’ in Spanish literally translates to ‘Rich Coast.

Costa Ricans, locally or within the country are known as ‘Ticos’. Ticos is nothing but a local slang for Costa Ricans.

The country of Costa Rica is slightly smaller than the American state of West Virginia.

If you’re in Costa Rica at seven in the morning on any given day, make it a point to turn on the radio to listen to the country’s national anthem. The Costa Rican national anthem is played on every one of its radio stations at this time!

Every town in Costa Rica has its own plaza/little park in front of its Catholic churches. This feature is a lot bigger and more in number in the bigger cities. Most towns also enjoy proximity to at least one soccer field.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-costa-rica-10361.html

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g309293-San_Jose_San_Jose_Metro_Province_of_San_Jose-Vacations.html

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MALTA MARATHON, VALLETTA, MALTA

Marathon: 141

Marathon Country: 52

Result: 

4:14:43 (2015-02-21)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/malta-marathon.htm

Website: http://www.maltamarathon.com

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MALTA

Capital: Valletta

Population: 423.000

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Famous people from Malta:

David Millar (cyclist)

Fun facts about Malta:

Malta is believed to have served as the site for the legendary city of Atlantis.

In the past, there used to be a bridge connecting Malta with Sicily.

The island of Malta was under the occupation of the Knights of St John, from 1530 until 1798.

It was in Malta only that St Paul got shipwrecked, in 60 AD, and converted the Governor to Christianity.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-malta-2696.html

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g190328-Valletta_Island_of_Malta-Vacations.html

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QATAR MARATHON, DOHA, QATAR

Marathon: 140

Marathon Country: 51

Result: 

4:53:03 (2015-01-09)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/qatar-marathon-langt-ifran-en-magqatarr.htm (2015)

Website: http://marathon.ooredoo.qa

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QATAR

Capital: Doha (797,000)

Population: 2,2 million

Currency: Riyal

Famous people from Qatar: 

Mohamed Al-Modiahki (Chess), Ahmad Hassan Abdullah (track & field), Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser (politic)

Fun facts about Qatar:

As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the highest per capita income in the world.

Qatar’s international image is bolstered in part by the Doha-based Al Jazeera news network, which has provided comprehensive coverage of the Near East and North African Arab revolutions.

Qatar highest point: Tuwayyir al Hamir 103 m

Logistic: 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294008-Qatar-Vacations.html

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REGGAE MARATHON, NEGRIL, JAMAICA

Marathon: 138

Marathon Country: 49

Result: 

4:48:05 (2014-12-06)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/the-reggae-marathon-jamaica.htm (2014)

Website: http://www.reggaemarathon.com

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JAMAICA

Capital: Kingston

Population: 2,7 million (Negril 6,900)

Currency: Jamaican dollar (JMD)

Motto:

Out of Many, One People

Famous people from Jamaica:

Bob Marley (music), Usain Bolt (track & field), Shaggy (music), Grace Jones (Singer & actress), Patrick Ewing (basketball), Asafa Powell (track & field)

Fun facts about Jamaica:

The Blue Mountain district in Jamaica produces one of the best forms of coffee in the world.

Jamaica was one of the first Western countries to have a railway of their own, much before the United States.

Jamaica is the first Western country to sign the ‘Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis’ grant agreement.

Jamaica is the home to the Giant Swallowtail, which is the second largest butterfly in the world.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-jamaica-10970.html

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g147313-Negril_Westmoreland_Parish_Jamaica-Vacations.html

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CURAÇAO MARATHON, WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO

Marathon: 137

Marathon Country: 48

Result: 

5:15:13 (2014-11-30)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/cura-ao-marathon.htm

Website: http://klmcuracaomarathon.com/pap/

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CURACAO

Capital: Willemstad

Population: 153.500

Currency: Antiller Gulden (ANG)

Motto:

Unified by freedom

Famous people from Curacao:

Churandy Martina (track & field)

Fun facts about Curacao:

The name Curacao is believe to have from the Portuguese word for heart, coracao, and was known as a center for trade.

At one time it was known as the miniature tropical Holland, or the Dutch Gibraltar, being a very busy Dutch port colony.

The currency used is the Netherlands Antillean Guilder, ANG.

The island is about 37 miles long and almost 7 miles wide.

Logistic: 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g147277-Curacao-Vacations.html

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NO FINISH LINE, MONTE CARLO, MONACO

Result: 5:23:45 (2014-11-22)

Marathon: 136

Marathon Country: 47

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/monaco-no-finish-line-marathon.htm (2014)

Website: http://www.nofinishline.com

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MONACO

Capital: Monte Carlo

Population: 38 000

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Famous people from Monaco:

Princess Stephanie, Princess Caroline, Prince Albert, Furst Rainier III

Fun facts about Monaco:

The Principality of Monaco is the second smallest country in the world. The smallest is Vatican City. Monaco’s total area is only 2 square kilometres (1.24 square miles). Monaco is bordered by France on the North, South and West with the Mediterranean Sea to its East.

Monaco is a constitutional monarchy/principality ruled by a descendant of Grimaldi family, and the oldest ruling house in Europe. Up to 2002, it was understood that if their were no heirs of the Grimaldi to rule to country, control of the country would be taken up by France. A treaty between France and Monaco in 2002 meant that should the Grimaldi family leave no heirs, Monaco would still retain its status as an independent nation.

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most famous races in the world. Drivers take to the streets of Monaco, tackling its tight corners, narrow streets and famous tunnel. Ayrton Senna holds the record for the most wins on the track, coming first 6 times. The constructor with the most wins is McLaren.

Monaco gained its independence from the Republic of Genoa on 8th January 1297.

Monaco is famous for its casino in Monte Carlo. However, residents of Monaco are not allowed to gamble or even enter the casino! James Bond is a particular fan of the casino, having visited it in Never Say Never Again, GoldenEye and Casino Royale.

Monaco’s biggest football team is AS Monaco which plays in the top league of French football, Ligue 1. Over half of the country’s population is able to fit into the team’s stadium, Stade Louis II.

Monaco’s flag is the same as the flag of Indonesia. The only difference is that the Indonesian flag is wider. The red and white colours of the flag are the heraldic colours of the Grimaldi House. AS Monaco also play in red and white and are often known as Les Rouge et Blanc (the red and whites).

Logistic: 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g190409-Monte_Carlo-Vacations.html

There are several inexpensive hotels in Nice close to the railway station and many daily trains between Nice and Monte Carlo.

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JERSEY MARATHON, CHANNEL ISLANDS

Marathon: 145

Marathon Country: 54

Result:

5:04:30 (2015-10-04)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/jersey-marathon-betydligt-fler-an-tre.htm

Website: http://www.jersey-marathon.com/home

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JERSEY

Capital: Saint Helier (28,300)

Population: 98 000

Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)

Fun facts about Jersey:

Two golfers from Jersey have won The Open Championship 7 times between them, Harry Vardon winning 6 times and Ted Ray winning once. Harry and Ted also won the U.S. Open one time each and Harry’s brother Tom Vardon had some smaller wins on European Tours.

The Channel Islands are actually made up of seven different islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou and Lihou.

Jersey is officially the sunniest place in the British Isles.

Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey both issue their very own bank notes and coins, although UK currency is widely accepted on the islands. The islands also have their own phone and postal systems.

Jersey was a favourite holiday destination of the Father of Communism, Karl Marx.

Herm is home to the smallest prison in the world. It has room for just one person!

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles occupied by the Germans in World War II.

Jersey and Guernsey were the home in exile of French playwright and author, Victor Hugo who completed Les Miserables on Guernsey.

The islands are self-governing and have their own parliaments.

The Channel Islands are all smaller than Greater London!

More facts:

https://www.jersey.com/business/archive/tradeinformation/Pages/DidYouKnow.aspx

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g186230-Jersey_Channel_Islands-Vacations.html

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KIEV MARATHON, UKRAINE

Marathon: 144

Marathon Country: 53

Result: 

4:54:49 (2015-09-27)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/kiev-marathon-ukraina.htm

Website: http://kyivmarathon.org

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UKRAINE

Capital: Kiev (2,8 million)

Population: 45,5 million 

Currency: Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH)

Famous people from Kiev:

Golda Meier, Israeli politician, Milla Jovjovich, model, Andriy Shevchenko, football (born in Dvirkivschyna 100 km outside Kiev)

Fun facts about Ukraine:

Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe (2nd biggest if counting Russia) with total area of 603.550 square kilometers, yet the population is lesser than in France and Germany.

The deepest metro station in the world is Arsenalna station in Kyiv going down at 105.5 meters. It was made that deep for military purposes with secret huge bunker hidden between Arsenalna and Khreshatic stations.

Trembita is the longest musical instrument in the world. It is a very long pipe played on by Hutsul ethnicity from the Carpathian Mountains.

The official language is Ukrainian; however most people are bilingual and speak equally well Russian and Ukrainian with people from west most regions being also fluent in Polish, Hungarian and Romanian.

Popular traditional Ukrainian dishes are borsh – yummy beef and meat soup and varenyky – dumplings filled with meat, potato or sweet berries.

No, Ukrainians don’t drink vodka all the time. (or horilka as they call it). Ukraine rank 6th in the world after Romania, Russia, Lithuania, Moldova and Belarus being the most drinking nation in 2014 according to the Independent.

Ukrainian national costume is called “vyshyvanka” – a plain white shirt made of linen and decorated with floral or ornamental embroidery. Worn by both men and women on numerous occasions. The best ones are still hand-made. Another part of the women traditional costume is “vinok” – a wreath made of real or fake flowers with long colorful ribbons attached to the back of it.

Logistic: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294474-Kiev-Vacations.html

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Uruguay

PUNTA DEL ESTE MARATHON, URUGUAY

Marathon: 131

Marathon Country: 46

Result: 

4:46:40 (2014-09-21)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/punta-del-este-marathon-uruguay-svenskt.htm (2014)

Website: http://www.maratondepuntadeleste.com.uy/wp/?lang=en

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URUGUAY

Capital: Montevideo

Population: 3.4 million

Currency: Uruguayan peso (UYU)

Motto:

Freedom or Death

Famous people from Uruguay:

Diego Forlán (soccer), Jose Andrade (soccer), Enzo Francescoli (soccer), Alfredo Evangelista (boxer), Luis Suárez (soccer), Edinson Cavani (soccer)

Fun facts about Uruguay:

The full name of Uruguay is Republica Oriental del Uruguay, which means Oriental Republic of Uruguay. The name of the country has been derived from a Guarani word, which when translated means “river of painted birds”.

A staggering 88% of the Uruguayans are European descendants, which is very high as compared to quite a number of other Latin-American countries. This is due to the fact that Uruguay received a number of European immigrants from Spain and Italy during the 19th and 20th century.

Uruguay has a coastline of about 500 kilometers, which offers some of the most beautiful and scenic beaches. Most of the good beaches are located towards the north of the coast, on the Atlantic Ocean.

The people of Uruguay life a healthy lifestyle. The infant mortality rate is around 13.9/1000, which is very low and life expectancy at birth is 75.2 years. This is the highest in South America.

Uruguay also has one of the highest grades of literacy in Latin America. The official figures state that the rate of literacy in the country is around 97%.

As per Transparency International, Uruguay is rated as the least corrupt country in Latin America, along with Chile.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-uruguay-2030.html

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294066-Punta_del_Este_Maldonado_Department-Vacations.html

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Salvador

BAHIA MARATHON, SALVADOR, BRAZIL

Marathon: 130

Marathon Country: 45

Result: 

5:26:01 (2014-08-24)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/bahia-marathon-salvador-brasilien.htm (2014)

Website: http://www.maratonadabahia.com.br

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BAHIA, BRAZIL

Capital of Bahia: Sao Salvador da Bahia

Population of Bahia: 15 million

Currency: Real (BRL)

Famous people from Bahia:

Daniela Mercury (musician), Gilberto Gil (musician), Bebeto (soccer)

Fun facts about Brazil:

Brazil is one of the biggest countries of the world and the most populous countries in Latin America. It is officially known as Brasil or Republica Federtiva do Brazil.

Christ the Redeemer, the 130-feet tall statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro, is one of the seven wonders of the contemporary times. This sculpture is the symbol and icon of Brazil.

The only soccer team in this world to have won the prestigious ‘World Cup’ 5 times is Brazil’s soccer team. Brazil is also the birthplace of one of the best soccer players of this century, Pele.

The capital of Brazil is Brasilia and it is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities of the world. This city was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, who was considered to be one of the best architects in the world.

It is common in the country to kiss women on both their cheeks while meeting them or taking their leave, in informal situations. Between men, handshaking is customary and normal European courtesies are followed.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-brazil-1159.html

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g303272-Salvador_State_of_Bahia-Vacations.html

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129 Rosario

ROSARIO MARATHON, ARGENTINA

Marathon: 129

Marathon Country: 44

Result: 

4:51:48 (2014-06-29)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/rosario-marathon-argentina-lopning-pa-messis.htm (2014)

Website: http://www.atletismorosario.com.ar/42k/

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Capital: Buenos Aires

Population: 41 million

Currency: Argentinian Peso (ARS)

Motto:

In Unity and Freedom

Famous people from Argentina:

Diego Armando Maradona (soccer), Eva Duarte de Perón (politician), Lionel Messi (soccer), Gabriel Batistuta (soccer), Alfredo Di Stéfano (soccer), Gabriela Sabatini (tennis), Mario Kempes (soccer), José de San Martín (General, liberator of Argentina, Chile and Perú from Spain)

Fun facts about Argentina:

It is the eight largest country of the world, spreading over an area of approximately 2,766,890 sq km.

As per the law, the President and Vice President of Argentina should be Roman Catholics.

The Iguazu Falls of Argentina are even higher than the world-famous Niagara Falls.

Mt. Aconcagua of Argentina is the tallest mountain in the whole of South America.

The period between 1880 and 1929 is remembered as the golden time in the history of Argentina, because it was at this time that the country became know to the rest of the world, due to its prosperity. Owing to its profiting agricultural export-led economy, Argentina emerged as one of the 10 richest countries in the world, during the period.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-argentina-1416.htm

Logistic:

https://www.tripadvisor.se/Hotels-g312809-Rosario_Province_of_Santa_Fe_Litoral-Hotels.html

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Messi = Rosario!

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SKOPJE MARATHON, MACEDONIA

Marathon: 126

Marathon Country: 42

Result:

4:53:57 (2014-05-11)

Photos & Race reports:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/skopje-marathon-makedonien.htm

Comments: A nice race in a fascinating city.

Website: http://skopskimaraton.com.mk

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MACEDONIA

Capital: Skopje (531.000 people)

Population: 2,1 million people

Currency: Macedonian Denar (MKD)

Famous people from Macedonia:

Mother Teresa

Fun facts about Macedonia:

Mother Theresa of Calcutta was born in Skopje, Macedonia. Even though she was born in Skopje, she was Albanian by ethnicity at the time of her birth in 1910. Today, you can see museum house dedicated to her in the center of the capital city of Skopje.

Macedonia is the only country that got independence from Yugoslavia without shedding a single drop of blood. It remained entirely at peace at the heat of Yugoslav wars in early 1990s and got independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Another interesting feature about this country is that it has more number of mountains and mountain peaks than any other country in the world. The country has as many as 34 mountain peaks, each with a height of more than 2,000 meters above the sea-level; with Mount Golem Karb being the highest at 2,753 meters above sea-level. Most peaks in Macedonia have never been visited by people.

The Cyrillic alphabet, official in Macedonia, is based on the alphabet developed in the 9th century by two Macedonian (Region) brothers – St Cyril (thus – Cyrillic) and St Methodius. It was taught by their disciples at a monastery in Ohrid, from whence it spread across the eastern Slavic world.

The official name of Macedonia in the United Nations is the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM. This is due to a long dispute the country has with Greece regarding their history as the former Kingdom of Macedonia. Even though they’re officially FYROM in the U.N, the government has persuaded more than 130 countries (135 at the time of publication), including the United States, to recognize it as the Republic of Macedonia.

Alexander the Great, who was king of the former Kingdom of Macedonia, was the first world-size conqueror who extended his empire across Greece and Persia to India and Egypt. During his time, the Kingdom of Macedonia was the most powerful state in the world; but after his death, the empire fell apart and it became the first Roman province in 146 B.C.

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g295110-Skopje_Skopje_Region-Vacations.html

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Belfast

BELFAST MARATHON, NORTHERN IRELAND

Marathon: 125

Marathon Country: 41

Result:

4:30:39 (2014-05-05)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/belfast-marathon-nordirland.htm

Website: http://www.belfastcitymarathon.com

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NORTHERN IRELAND

Capital: Belfast (277 000 people)

Population: 1,81 million

Currency: British Pound Sterling (GBP)

Famous people from Northern Ireland:

C.S. Lewis (author), George Best (soccer), Norman Whiteside (soccer), James Galway (flautist), Amanda Burton (actress), Kenneth Branagh (actor), Liam Neeson (actor), Van Morrison (singer)

Fun facts about Northern Ireland:

‘Titanic’ was built and launched from Belfast Harbor in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is the proud bearer of many internationally renowned poets and writers like C.S Lewis, Ian McDonald, Tom Paulin, Bob Shaw, Frank Ormsby, John Brown and many more.

The best-known delicacy of Northern Ireland is the ‘Ulster Fry’ that traditionally includes high cholesterol wonders like bacon, egg, soda bread, sausage, potato bread, mushrooms, fried tomato, baked beans and occasionally pudding.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-northern-ireland-10996.html

100 reasons to love Northern Ireland:

http://www.propertypal.com/loveni

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g186470-Belfast_Northern_Ireland-Vacations.html

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BRATISLAVA MARATHON, SLOVAKIA

Marathon: 124

Marathon Country: 40

Result:

4:24:16 (2014-04-06)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/bratislava-marathon-slovakien.htm

Garmin stats: 

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/474591472

Comments: A well-organized marathon with an amazing logistic. Everything is located at the same place: Start/finish, prize ceremony/post race party etc. Two laps around Bratislava where the first part of each lap is a little bit ”less exciting” but the second half is in the beautiful old town and among Donau.

Website: http://www.bratislavamarathon.com

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SLOVAKIA

Capital: Bratislava

Population: 5,4 million

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Famous people from Slovakia:

Pavol Demitra (ice hockey), Miroslav Satan (ice hockey), Anton, Marian & Peter Stastny (ice hockey), Martina Hingis (tennis, born in Kosice), Miloslav Mecir (tennis)

Fun facts about Slovakia:

Staff of Slovak and Slovenian embassies meet once a month with their colleagues to exchange wrongly-addressed mail!

Martina Hingis (born in 1980) – Tennis champion, former World No. 1 and winner of five Grand Slam singles titles and nine Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, was born in Slovakia to a Slovak father and a Czech mother.

The inventor of the parachute, Stefan Banič, was born about 10 kms north of Bratislava in a town called Neštich in 1870. He is the man who invented the parachute. He immigrated to the United States, where he worked as a coal miner for a while but then built a prototype for a harnessed umbrella-like parachute and tested it by jumping out of an airplane and surviving in 1914. He sold it to the US military but received very little money and next to no fame for what would go on to save the lives of countless individuals.

More facts:

http://www.slavorum.org/25-facts-about-slovakia-that-you-didnt-know/

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g274924-Bratislava_Bratislava_Region-Vacations.html

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DES MOINES, IOWA, USA

Marathon: 84

American state: 50/50

Result:

5:08:39 (2012-10-21)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/des-moines-marathon-iowa-50-states.htm

Website: http://www.desmoinesmarathon.com

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IOWA, USA

State capital: Des Moines (208,000)

State population: 3,1 million

State nickname: The Hawkeye State

State bird: Eastern Goldfinch

State motto:

Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain

Famous people from Iowa:

William ”Buffalo Bill” Cody (scout), John Wayne (actor), George H. Gallup (pool taker), Herbert Hoover (U.S. president), Glenn Miller (music), Bess Streeter Aldrich (author)

Fun facts about Iowa:

The famous actor John Wayne was born in Winterset on May 26, 1907
More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/iowa.htm#.U8Ooi15n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g37835-Des_Moines_Iowa-Vacations.html

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KANSAS CITY MARATHON, MISSOURI, USA

Marathon: 83

American state: 49/50

Result:

3:42:14 (2012-10-20)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/kansas-city-marathon-3-42-14.htm

Website: http://waddellandreedkansascitymarathon.org/index.html

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MISSOURI, USA

State capital: Jefferson City

State population: 5,8 million (Kansas City 467,000)

State nickname: The Show me State

State bird: Bluebird

State mammal: Missouri mule, Missouri Fox Trotting horse

State motto:

Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law

Famous people from Missouri:

Mark Twain (author), Charles M. Russel (author), Ginger Rogers (actress, dancer), Josephine Baker (singer, dancer), Jesse James (outlaw), John Goodman (actor), T.S. Eliot (poet), Yogi Berra (baseball), Burt Bacharach (songwriter)

Fun facts about Missouri:

Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than Paris and more fountains than any city except Rome

More facts: http://www.50states.com/facts/mo.htm#.U8P4K1Zn7eY

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81 Hartford

HARTFORD MARATHON, CONNECTICUT, USA

Marathon: 81

American state: 48/50

Result: 

5:59:02 (2012-10-13)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/hartford-marathon-connecticut.htm

Website: http://www.hartfordmarathon.com

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CONNECTICUT, USA

State capital: Hartford (125,000)

State population: 3,6 million

State nickname: The Constitution State

State bird: Robin

State mammal: Sperm whale

State motto:

He who transplanted sustains

Famous people from Connecticut:

Katherine Hepburn (actor), Harriet Beecher Stowe (author), Samuel Colt (inventor), John Brown (abolitionist), Charles Goodyear (inventor), John Pierpont Morgan (financier),

Fun facts about Connecticut:

The first telephone book ever issued contained only fifty names. The New Haven District Telephone Company published it in New Haven in February 1878.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/conn.htm#.U8Knhl5n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g33804-Hartford_Connecticut-Vacations.html

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MAINE MARATHON, PORTLAND, MAINE, USA

Marathon: 78

American state: 47/50

Result:

4:18:27 (2012-09-30)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/maine-marathon-4-18-27.htm

Website: http://mainemarathon.com

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MAINE, USA

State capital: Augusta

State population: 1,3 million (Portland 66,000)

State nickname: The Pine Tree State

State bird: Chickadee

State mammal: Moose, Maine coon

State motto:

I lead

Famous people from Maine:

John Ford (film director), Stephen King (author), Sarah Orne Jewett (author)

Fun facts about Maine:

Eastport is the most eastern city in the United States. The city is considered the first place in the United States to receive the rays of the morning sun

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/maine.htm#.U8Plu1Zn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g40827-Portland_Maine-Vacations.html

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NEW HAMPSHIRE MARATHON, BRISTOL, NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA

Marathon: 77

American state: 46/50

Result:

4:10:50 (2012-09-29)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/new-hampshire-marathon-4-10-50.htm

Website: http://www.nhmarathon.com

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NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA

State capital: Concord

State population: 1,3 million (Bristol 3,000)

State nickname: The Granite State

State bird: Purple Finch

State mammal: White-tailed deer, Chinook dog

State motto:

Live free or die

Famous people from New Hampshire:

John Irving (writer), Franklin Pierce (U.S. president), Alan Shepard (astronaut)

Fun facts about New Hampshire:

New Hampshire is the only state that ever played host at the formal conclusion of a foreign war. In 1905, Portsmouth was the scene of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/newhamp.htm#.U8QMCFZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g46032-Bristol_New_Hampshire-Vacations.html

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JACKSON HOLE MARATHON, WYOMING, USA

Marathon: 76

American state: 45/50

Result:

5:24:21 (2012-09-23)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/jackson-hole-marathon-wyoming.htm

Website: http://jacksonholemarathon.com

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WYOMING, USA

State capital: Cheyenne

State population: 564,000 (Jackson Hole 10,000)

State nickname: The Cowboy State

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State mammal: Bison

State motto:

Equal rights

Famous people from Wyoming:

Chief Washakie (chief of the Shoshone), Velma Linford (writer), Curt Gowdy (sportscaster)

Fun facts about Wyoming:

Wyoming has the lowest population of all 50 United States.

Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote.

Yellowstone is the first official National Park (1872).

The JCPenney stores were started in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

Wyoming leads the country in coal production in 1994 with 3 million tons per week.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/wyomin.htm#.U8UiUFZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g1798760-Jackson_Hole_Wyoming-Vacations.html

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FOREST PARK MARATHON, PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

Marathon: 75

American state: 44/50

Result:

4:12:22 (2012-09-22)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/forest-park-marathon-portland-oregon-4.htm

Website: http://portlandmarathon.org

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OREGON, USA

State capital: Salem

State population: 3.7 million (Portland 610,000)

State nickname: The Beaver State

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State mammal: American beaver

State motto:

She flies with her own wings

Famous people from Oregon:

Matt Groening (cartoonist), Steve Prefontaine (track athlete), Phyllis McGinley (author), Raymond Carver (writer, poet)

Fun facts about Oregon:

Portland is an example of outstanding urban planning. The city is known as The City of Roses.

High above the city of Portland the International Rose Test Garden features more than 500 varieties of roses cultivated continuously since 1917.

At 11,239 feet Mount Hood stands as the tallest peak in Oregon. Mount Hood is a dormant volcano.

The Columbia River forms most of the northern border between Oregon and Washington. The Snake River forms over half of the eastern boundary with Idaho.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/oregon.htm#.U8RHq1Zn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g52024-Portland_Oregon-Vacations.html

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BISMARCK MARATHON, NORTH DAKOTA, USA

Marathon: 74

American state: 43/50

Result:

4:05:30 (2012-09-15)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/bismarck-marathon-north-dakota-4-05.htm

Website: http://www.bismarckmarathon.com

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NORTH DAKOTA, USA

State capital: Bismarck

State population: 636,000 (Bismarck 67,000)

State nickname: The Peace Garden State

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State mammal: Nokota horse

State motto:

Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

Famous people from North Dakota:

Angie Dickinson (actress), Phyllis Frelich (actress), Peggy Lee (singer)

Fun facts about North Dakota:

The town of Rugby is the geographical center of North America. A rock obelisk about 15 feet tall, flanked by poles flying the United States and Canadian flags marks the location

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/ndakota.htm#.U8QelVZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g49709-Bismarck_North_Dakota-Vacations.html

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SIOUX FALLS MARATHON, SOUTH DAKOTA, USA

Marathon: 73

American state: 42/50

Result:

4:06:03 (2012-09-09)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/sioux-falls-marathon-south-dakota-4.htm

Website:

http://marathons.ahotu.com/event/sioux-falls-marathon-half-marathon-and-miracle-5k#event

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SOUTH DAKOTA, USA

State capital: Pierre

State population: 782,000 (Sioux Falls 165,000)

State nickname: Mount Rushmore State

State bird: Ring-necked Pheasant

State mammal: Coyote

State motto:

Under God the people rule

Famous people from South Dakota:

Crazy Horse (Oglala Sioux chief), Red Cloud (Oglala Sioux chief), Sitting Bull (Hunkpappa Sioux chief), Tom Brokaw (TV newscaster)

Fun facts about South Dakota:

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in 1927. Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it’s now deemed priceless

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/sdakota.htm#.U8RgkVZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g54805-Sioux_Falls_South_Dakota-Vacations.html

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TURTLE MARATHON, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, USA

Marathon: 72

American state: 41/50

Result:

5:22:23 (2012-09-02)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/turtle-marathon-roswell-new-mexico.htm

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/roswellruns/race-schedule

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NEW MEXICO, USA

State capital: Santa Fe

State population: 2.0 million (Roswell 49,000)

State nickname: The Land of Enchantment

State bird: Roadrunner

State mammal: American black bear

State motto:

It grows as it goes

Famous people from New Mexico:

Demi Moore (actress), Mangus Coloradas (Apache leader), John Denver (singer), William Hanna (animator), Neil Patrick Harris (actor), Victorio (Apache chief)

Fun facts about New Mexico:

Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States at 7,000 feet above sea level

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/newmex.htm#.U8QTbFZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g47182-Roswell_New_Mexico-Vacations.html

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PARKERS MARATHON, WEST VIRGINIA, USA

Marathon: 71

American state: 40/50

Result:

5:56:28 (2012-08-26)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/parkers-marathon-west-virginia.htm

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WEST VIRGINIA, USA

State capital: Charleston

State population: 1,8 million

State nickname: The Mountain State

State bird: Cardinal

State mammal: Black bear

State motto:

Mountaineers Are Always Free

Famous people from West Virginia:

Pearl S. Buck (author), Thomas Stonewall Jackson (Confederate general), Mary Lou Retton (gymnast)

Fun facts about West Virginia:

Mother’s Day was first observed at Andrews Church in Grafton on May 10, 1908.

West Virginia has the oldest population of any state. The median age is 40.

West Virginia is considered the southern most northern state and the northern most southern state.

The first federal prison exclusively for women in the United States was opened in 1926 in West Virginia.

On January 26, 1960 Danny Heater, a student from Burnsville, scored 135 points in a high school basketball game earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the United States.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/westva.htm#.U8Uez1Zn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g59175-Huntington_West_Virginia-Vacations.html

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E.T. FULL MOON MIDNIGHT MARATHON, AREA 51, RACHEL, NEVADA, USA

Marathon: 69

American state: 38/50

Result:

4:07:35 (2012-08-05)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/et-full-moon-midnight-marathon-nevada.htm

Website: http://calicoracing.com

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NEVADA, USA

State capital: Carson City

State population: 2.5 million (Rachel 54 people)

State nickname: The Silver State

State bird: Mountain Bluebird

State mammal: Desert bighorn sheep

State motto:

All for our country battle born

Famous people from Nevada:

Andre Agassi (tennis), Abby Dalton (actress), Thelma Pat Nixon (First Lady)

Fun facts about Nevada:

Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state, with its highest point at the 13,145 foot top of Boundary Peak near the west-central border

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/nevada.htm#.U8QIDFZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g28949-Nevada-Vacations.html

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BIG WILD LIFE MARATHON, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, USA

Marathon: 70

American state: 39/50

Result: 

3:31:24 (2012-08-19)

Photos and race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/big-wild-life-marathon-anchorage-alaska.htm

Website: http://bigwildliferuns.com

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ALASKA, USA

State capital: Juneau (33,000)

State population: 732,000 (Anchorage 299,000)

State nickname: The last frontier

State bird: Willow Ptarmigan

State mammal: Moose, Bowhead whale, Alaskan Malamute

State motto:

North to the future

Famous people from Alaska:

Joe Juneau (prospector), Margaret Elizabeth Bell (author), Sydney Mortimer Laurence (painter)

Fun facts about Alaska:

In 1867 United States Secretary of State William H. Seward offered Russia $7,200,000, or two cents per acre, for Alaska.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/alaska.htm#.U8Jcl15n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60880-Anchorage_Alaska-Vacations.html

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DESERET NEWS MARATHON, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA

Marathon: 66

American state: 37/50

Result:

3:53:22 (2012-07-24)

Photos & Race report:
http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/deseret-news-marathon-salt-lake-city.htm

Website: http://deseretnewsclassic.com

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UTAH, USA

State capital: Salt Lake City

State population: 2,6 million (Salt Lake City 191,000)

State nickname: The Beehive State

State bird: Common American Gull

State mammal: Rocky Mountain Elk

State motto:

Industry

Famous people from Utah:

James Woods (actor), Loretta Young (actress), Butch Cassidy (outlaw), J. Willard Marriott (restaurant, hotel chain founder), Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond (singers)

Fun facts about Utah:

Completion of the world’s first transcontinental railroad was celebrated at Promontory where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. It is now known as Golden Spike National Historic Site

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/utah.htm#.U8T3llZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60922-Salt_Lake_City_Utah-Vacations.html

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UTAH VALLEY MARATHON, PROVO, UTAH, USA

Marathon: 64

American state: 37/50

Result:

4:35:31 (2012-06-09)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/utah-valley-marathon-4-34-41.htm

Website: http://www.utahvalleymarathon.com

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UTAH, USA

State capital: Salt Lake City

State population: 2.6 million (Provo 116,000)

State nickname: The Beehive State

State bird: Common American Gull

State mammal: Rocky Mountain Elk

State motto:

Industry

Famous people from Utah:

James Woods (actor), Loretta Young (actress), Butch Cassidy (outlaw), J. Willard Marriott (restaurant, hotel chain founder), Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond (singers)

Fun facts about Utah:

Utah is the only state whose capital’s name is made of three words. All three words in Salt Lake City have four letters each

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/utah.htm#.U8T3llZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g57106-Provo_Utah-Vacations.html

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63 IndianaINDIANA MARATHON, SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA

Marathon: 63

American state: 36/50

Result:

4:13:58 (2012-06-02)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/sunburst-marathon-south-bend-indiana-120602.htm

Website: http://www.sunburstraces.org

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INDIANA, USA

State capital: Indianapolis

State population: 6,5 million (South Bend 101,000)

State nickname: The Hoosier State

State bird: Cardinal

State motto:

The Crossroads of America

Famous people from Indiana:

Larry Bird (basketball), James Dean (actor), Michael Jackson (music), David Letterman (TV host)

Fun facts about Indiana:

The first professional baseball game was played in Fort Wayne on May 4, 1871

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/indiana.htm#.U8Omtl5n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g37535-South_Bend_Indiana-Vacations.html

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VERMONT CITY MARATHON, BURLINGTON, VERMONT, USA

Marathon: 62

American state: 35/50

Result:

4:35:48 (2012-05-27)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/vermont-city-marathon.htm

Website: http://www.vermontcitymarathon.org/page.php?pid=1

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VERMONT, USA

State capital: Montpelier

State population: 624,000 (Burlington 42,000)

State nickname: The Green Mountain State

State bird: Hermit Trush

State mammal: Morgan horse

State motto:

Freedom and Unity

Famous people from Vermont:

Chester Alan Arthur (U.S. president), Calvin Coolidge (U.S. president), John Deere (inventor), Patty Sheehan (golfer), Brigham Young (religious leader), Joseph Smith (religious leader)

Fun facts about Vermont:

With a population of fewer than nine thousand people, Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest state capital in the U.S

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/vermont.htm#.U8T6gFZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g57201-Burlington_Vermont-Vacations.html

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61 Delaware

DELAWARE MARATHON, WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, USA

Marathon: 61

American state: 34/50

Result:

4:17:53 (2012-05-13)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/delaware-marathon-120513-4-17-53.htm

Website: http://www.delawaremarathon.org

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DELAWARE, USA

State capital: Dover

State population: 898 000 (Wilmington 72,000)

State nickname: The First State

State bird: Blue Hen Chicken

State mammal: Grey fox

State motto:

Liberty and independence

Famous people from Delaware:

Annie Jump Cannon (astronomer), Henry Heimlich (surgeon, inventor), Valerie Bertinelli (actress)

Fun facts about Delaware:

Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States constitution. It did so on December 7, 1787

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/delaware.htm#.U8KqT15n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g34059-Wilmington_Delaware-Vacations.html

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59 Kentucky

KENTUCKY DERBY MARATHON, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, USA

Marathon: 59

American state: 32/50

Result:

3:35:14 (2012-04-28)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/kentucky-derby-marathon-3-34-33.htm

Website: http://derbyfestivalmarathon.com

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KENTUCKY, USA

State capital: Frankfort

State population: 4,4 million

State nickname: The Bluegrass State

State bird: Cardinal

State mammal: Grey squirrel, Thoroughbred

State motto:

United we stand, divided we fall

Famous people from Kentucky:

Muhammad Ali (boxer), Kit Carson (scout), Jefferson Davis (president of the Confederacy), Abraham Lincoln (U.S. president), Loretta Lynn (singer),

Fun facts about Kentucky:

Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin’s restaurant in Louisville

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/kentucky.htm#.U8Pd8lZn7eY

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58 Kansas

GARMIN MARATHON, OLATHE, KANSAS, USA

Marathon: 58

American state: 31

Result:

3:42:29 (2012-04-21)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/garmin-marathon-in-the-land-of.htm

Website: http://www.olathe.org/sports/marathon/

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KANSAS, USA

State capital: Topeka

State population: 2,9 million (Olathe 132,000)

State nickname: The Sunflower State

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State mammal: American bison

State motto:

To the stars through the difficulties

Famous people from Kansas:

Amelia Earhart (aviator), Walter P. Chrysler (auto manufacturer), Dennis Hopper (actor), Buster Keaton (actor), Emmett Kelly (clown), Barry Sanders (American football)

Fun facts about Kansas:

Dodge City is the windiest city in the United States

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/kansas.htm#.U8PW7VZn7eY

Logistic: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g38954-Olathe_Kansas-Vacations.html

58C Kansas

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20 Boston

BOSTON MARATHON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA

Marathon: 20, 57

American state: 1/50

Result: 

3:36:37 (2011-04-11)

4:04:52 (2012-04-16)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/boston-marathon.htm

Website: http://www.baa.org

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MASSACHUSETTS

State capital: Boston (646,000)

State population: 6.7 million

State nickname: The Bay State

State bird: Chickadee

State mammal: Right Whale, Boston Terrier, Tabby cat, Morgan horse

State motto:

By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty

Famous people from Massachusetts:

John Adams (president), Susan B. Anthony (woman suffragist), Benjamin Franklin (statesman/scientist), John F. Kennedy (president), Edgar Allan Poe (writer), Samuel Adams (patriot)

Fun facts about Massachusetts:

The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane!

Norfolk County is the birthplace of four United States presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush.

Harvard was the first college established in North America. Harvard was founded in 1636. Because of Harvard’s size there is no universal mailing address that will work for every office at the University.

Elias Howe of Boston invented the first sewing machine in 1845.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/mass.htm#.U8PrNlZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60745-Boston_Massachusetts-Vacations.html

HI-Boston Hostel is inexpensive and has a perfect location. A very popular place for runners.

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56 Gansett

GANSETT MARATHON, NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND, USA

Marathon: 56

American state: 30/50

Result:

3:34:03 (2012-04-14)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/gansett-marathon-rhode-island-120414-3.htm

56A Gansett

RHODE ISLAND, USA

State capital: Providence

State population: 1,1 million

State nickname: The Ocean State

State bird: Rhode Island Red

State motto:

Hope

Famous people from Rhode Island:

Ida Lewis (lighthouse keeper), Peter Farrelly (writer, director), Ruth Hussey (actress)

Fun facts about Rhode Island:

Rhode Island is the smallest state in size in the United States. It covers an area of 1,214 square miles. Its distances North to South are 48 miles and East to West 37 miles

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/rdisl.htm#.U8RQPFZn7eY

Logistic:

https://www.tripadvisor.se/Tourism-g54097-Narragansett_South_County_Rhode_Island-Vacations.html

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54 Knixville

KNOXVILLE MARATHON, TENNESSEE, USA

Marathon: 54

American state: 29/50

Result:

3:28:29 (2012-04-01)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/knoxville-marathon-tennessee-120401-3-28.htm

Website: http://www.knoxvillemarathon.com

54A Knoxville

TENNESSEE, USA

State capital: Nashville

State population: 6,0 million (Knoxville 183,000)

State nickname: The Volunteer State

State bird: Mockingbird

State mammal: Raccoon, Tennessee walking horse

State motto:

Agriculture and commerce

Famous people from Tennessee:

Davy Crockett (frontiersman), Morgan Freeman (actor), Aretha Franklin (singer), Dolly Parton (singer), Wilma Rudolph (runner), Cybil Shepherd (actress), Tina Turner (singer)

Fun facts about Tennessee:

Tennessee won its nickname as The Volunteer State during the War of 1812 when volunteer soldiers from Tennessee displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/tenn.htm#.U8TkO1Zn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g55138-Knoxville_Tennessee-Vacations.html

54B Knoxville

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Greenville

GREENVILLE MARATHON, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA

Marathon: 85

American state: 26/50

Result:

4:16:04 (2012-10-27)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/greenville-marathon-south-carolina-4-16.htm

Website: http://www.spinxrunfest.com/spinx/SRF_HOME.html

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SOUTH CAROLINA, USA

State capital: Columbia

State population: 4,3 million

State nickname: The Palmetto State

State bird: Great Carolina wren

State mammal: White-tailed deer, Bottlenose dolphin, Right whale, Boykin Spaniel, Carolina Marsh Tacky, mule

State motto:

While I breathe, I hope Ready in soul and resource

Famous people from South Carolina:

Dizzy Gillespie (jazz trumpeter), Andrew Jackson (U.S. president), Jesse Louis Jackson (civil rights leader), Eartha Kitt (singer)

Fun facts about South Carolina:

The first battle of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/socaro.htm#.U8RaJlZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g54258-Greenville_South_Carolina-Vacations.html

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Shoeless Forselius & Shoeless Joe Jackson, Greenville, South Carolina

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ELLERBE MARATHON, NORTH CAROLINA, USA

Marathon: 53

American state: 28/50

Result:

3:56:50 (2012-03-25)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/ellerbe-marathon-north-carolina-120324.htm

Website: http://www.etinternet.net/~runrbike/esmfront.htm

53A Ellerbe

NORTH CAROLINA, USA

State capital: Raleigh

State population: 9,5 million (Ellerbe 1000)

State nickname: The Tar Heel State

State bird: Cardinal

State mammal: Grey squirrel, Plott hound

State motto:

To be, rather than to seem

Famous people from North Carolina:

Roberta Flack (singer), Ava Gardner (actress), Andy Griffith (actor), Andrew Johnson (U.S. president), Floyd Patterson (boxer), James K. Polk (U.S. president)

Fun facts about North Carolina:

The Biltmore Estate in Ashville is America’s largest home, and includes a 255-room chateau, an award-winning winery and extensive gardens

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/ncarolin.htm#.U8QZ4VZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g49110-Ellerbe_North_Carolina-Vacations.html

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52 Atlanta

GEORGIA MARATHON, ATLANTA, USA

Marathon: 52

American state: 27/50

Result:

3:35:57 (2012-03-18)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/georgia-marathon-120318-3-35-57.htm

Website: http://www.atlantatrackclub.org/2016-publix-georgia

52A Atlanta

GEORGIA, USA

State capital: Atlanta

State population: 10 million (Atlanta 448,000)

State nickname: The Peach State

State bird: Brown Trasher

State mammal: Right whale

State motto:

Wisdom, justice, moderation

Famous people from Georgia:

Amy Grant (singer), Ray Charles (music), Jackie Robinson (baseball), Hulk Hogan (wrestler), Bobby Jones (golf), Martin Luther King Jr. (civl rights activist), Margaret Mitchell (author), Otis Redding (music)

Fun facts about Georgia:

Historic Saint Marys Georgia is the second oldest city in the nation

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/georgia.htm#.U8KwHF5n7eY

52E Atlanta

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Steve & Paula Boone, 50 States Marathon Club

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Zola Budd, South Africa/U.S.

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51 Colombia

COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA MARATHON, USA

Marathon: 51

American state: 26/50

Result:

3:27:43 (2012-03-10)

Photos and race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/columbia-south-carolina-marathon-120310-3.htm

Media: The State (2012-03-08)

http://www.thestate.com/sports/article14400167.html

Website: https://www.runhardcolumbiamarathon.com/index.php

51A Colombia

SOUTH CAROLINA, USA

State capital: Columbia

State population: 4,3 million

State nickname: The Palmetto State

State bird: Great Carolina wren

State mammal:

White-tailed deer, Bottlenose dolphin, Right whale, Boykin Spaniel, Carolina Marsh Tacky, mule

State motto: 

While I breathe, I hope Ready in soul and resource

Famous people from South Carolina:

Dizzy Gillespie (jazz trumpeter), Andrew Jackson (U.S. president), Jesse Louis Jackson (civil rights leader), Eartha Kitt (singer)

Fun facts about South Carolina:

The first battle of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/socaro.htm#.U8RaJlZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g54258-Greenville_South_Carolina-Vacations.html

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Dick Beardsley, long distance runner famous for the ”Duel in the Sun” in Boston Marathon 1982

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LITTLE WARM-UP MARATHON, TULSA, OKLAHOMA, USA

Marathon: 88

American state: 24/50

Result:

5:58:10 (2012-11-17)

Photos and race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/little-warm-up-marathon-tulsa-oklahoma.htm

Website: http://littlewarmup.webs.com

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OKLAHOMA, USA

State capital: Oklahoma City

State population: 3,8 million

State nickname: The Sooner State

State bird: Scissor-tailed flycatcher

State mammal: Bison, White-tailed deer, raccoon

State motto:

Labor conquers all things

Famous people from Oklahoma:

Brad Pitt (actor), Johnny Bench (baseball), Garth Brooks (singer), Shannon Miller (Olympic gymnast), James Francis Jim Thorpe (athlete)

Fun facts about Oklahoma:

The world’s first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935. Carl C. Magee, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is generally credited with originating the parking meter. He filed for a patent for a ”coin controlled parking meter” on May 13, 1935

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/okla.htm#.U8RDu1Zn7eY

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50 States Marathon Club Reunion 2012 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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ROUTE 66 MARATHON, OKLAHOMA, USA

Marathon: 89

American state: 24/50

Result:

5:58:14 (2012-11-18)

Photos and race report:
http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/route-66-marathon-tulsa-oklahoma-2.htm (2013)
http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/route-66-marathon-tulsa-oklahoma.htm (2012)

Website: http://route66marathon.com

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OKLAHOMA, USA

State capital: Oklahoma City

State population: 3,8 million

State nickname: The Sooner State

State bird: Scissor-tailed flycatcher

State mammal: Bison, White-tailed deer, raccoon

State motto:

Labor conquers all things

Famous people from Oklahoma:

Brad Pitt (actor), Johnny Bench (baseball), Garth Brooks (singer), Shannon Miller (Olympic gymnast), James Francis Jim Thorpe (athlete)

Fun facts about Oklahoma:

The world’s first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935. Carl C. Magee, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is generally credited with originating the parking meter. He filed for a patent for a ”coin controlled parking meter” on May 13, 1935

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/okla.htm#.U8RDu1Zn7eY

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50 LittleRock

LITTLE ROCK MARATHON, ARKANSAS, USA

Marathon: 50

American state: 25/50

Result:

3:29:41 (2012-03-04)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/little-rock-marathon-arkansas-120304-3.htm (2012)

Website: http://littlerockmarathon.com

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ARKANSAS, USA

State capital: Little Rock (198,000)

State population: 2,9 million

State nickname: The natural State

State bird: Mockingbird

State mammal: White-tailed deer

State motto:

The people rule

Famous people from Arkansas:

Johnny Cash (music), John Grisham (author), Alan Ladd (actor), Douglas MacArthur (5-star general)

Fun facts about Arkansas:

Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15, 1836.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/arkansas.htm#.U8KFq15n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60766-Little_Rock_Arkansas-Vacations.html

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Marathon Maniacs!

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49 Post Oak

ROUTE 66 MARATHON, TULSA, OKLAHOMA, USA

Marathon: 49

American state: 24/50

Result:

4:12:57 (2012-02-26)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/post-oak-marathon-tulsa-oklahoma-120226.htm

Website: http://www.postoakrun.com

49A Post Oak

OKLAHOMA, USA

State capital: Oklahoma City

State population: 3,8 million

State nickname: The Sooner State

State bird: Scissor-tailed flycatcher

State mammal: Bison, White-tailed deer, raccoon

State motto:

Labor conquers all things

Famous people from Oklahoma:

Brad Pitt (actor), Johnny Bench (baseball), Garth Brooks (singer), Shannon Miller (Olympic gymnast), James Francis Jim Thorpe (athlete)

Fun facts about Oklahoma:

The world’s first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935. Carl C. Magee, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is generally credited with originating the parking meter. He filed for a patent for a ”coin controlled parking meter” on May 13, 1935

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/okla.htm#.U8RDu1Zn7eY

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47 Jacksonville

BREAST CANCER MARATHON, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, USA

Marathon: 47

American state: 22/50

Result:

3:27:58 (2012-02-12)

Photos & Race Report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/26-2-with-donna-breast-cancer.htm (2012)

Website:

http://www.1stplacesports.com/jm.html

47A Jacksonville

FLORIDA, USA

State capital: Tallahassee

State population: 18,6 million (Miami 5,6 million)

State nickname: The Sunshine State

State bird: Mockingbird

State mammal: Florida Panther, Manatee, Dolphin and Florida Cracker horse

State motto:
In God we trust

Famous people from Florida:

Fay Dunaway (actress), Sidney Poitier (actor), Jim Morrison (singer), Osceola (Seminole Indian leader), Pat Boone (singer)

Fun facts about Florida:

Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America

More facts:
http://www.50states.com/facts/florida.htm#.U8KtXV5n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g34439-Miami_Beach_Florida-Vacations.html

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Jeff Galloway, American Olympic long distance runner

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Donna Deegan, Donna Foundation

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Jacksonville Fire Department, Florida

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46 Melbourne

MELBOURNE MUSIC MARATHON, FLORIDA, USA

Marathon: 46

American state: 22/50

Result: 

3:34:26 (2012-02-05)

Photos and race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/melbourne-beaches-music-marathon-florida-120205.htm

Website: http://www.themelbournemarathon.com

46A Melbourne

FLORIDA, USA

State capital: Tallahassee

State population: 18,6 million (Miami 5,6 million)

State nickname: The Sunshine State

State bird: Mockingbird

State mammal: Florida Panther, Manatee, Dolphin and Florida Cracker horse

State motto:

In God we trust

Famous people from Florida:

Fay Dunaway (actress), Sidney Poitier (actor), Jim Morrison (singer), Osceola (Seminole Indian leader), Pat Boone (singer)

Fun facts about Florida:

Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America

More facts:
http://www.50states.com/facts/florida.htm#.U8KtXV5n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g34439-Miami_Beach_Florida-Vacations.html

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Zola Budd, South Africa/U.S.

46C Melbourne

Zola Budd!

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42 Mobile

FIRST LIGHT MARATHON, ALABAMA, USA

Marathon: 42

American state: 19/50

Result:

3:38:48 (2012-01-08)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/first-light-marathon-120108-3-38.htm (2012)

Website: http://www.firstlightmarathon.com

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ALABAMA, USA

State capital: Montgomery

State population: 4,8 million

State nickname: Yellowhammer State

State bird: Yellowhammer

State mammal: American black bear, Racking horse

State motto:

We dare defend our rights

Famous people from Alabama:

Hank Aaron (baseball), Nat ”King” Cole (music), Emmy Lou Harris (music), Carl Lewis (track & field), Jesse Owens (track & field), Rosa Parks (civil rights activist), Hank Williams (music)

Fun facts about Alabama:

Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/alabama.htm#.U8JZA15n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g30709-Mobile_Alabama-Vacations.html

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41 Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI BLUES MARATHON, MISSISSIPPI, USA

Marathon: 41

Amerikan state: 18/50

Result:

3:28:41 (2012-01-07)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/mississippi-blues-marathon-120107-3-28.htm (2012)

Website: http://www.msbluesmarathon.com

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MISSISSIPPI, USA

State capital: Jackson

State population: 2,9 million

State nickname: The Magnolia State

State bird: Mockingbird

State mammal: White-tailed deer, Common bottlenose dolphin

State motto:

By valor and arms

Famous people from Mississippi:

Elvis Presley (singer, actor), Brett Farve (American football), Elizabeth Lee Hazen (inventor), Faith Hill (singer), James Earl Jones (entertainer), B. B. King (guitarist), Muddy Waters (singer, guitarist), Tennessee Williams (playwright), Oprah Winfrey (talk-show host),

Fun facts about Mississippi:

In 1902 while on a hunting expedition in Sharkey County, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear. This act resulted in the creation of the world-famous teddy bear

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/miss.htm#.U8P0TFZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g43833-Jackson_Mississippi-Vacations.html

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55 Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE MARATHON, VIRGINIA, USA

Marathon: 55

American state: 15/50

Result:

3:38:45 (2012-04-07)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/charlottesville-marathon-virginia-120407-3-38.htm (2012)

Website: http://www.charlottesvillemarathon.com

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VIRGINIA, USA

State capital: Richmond

State population: 7,5 million

State nickname: The Old Dominion State

State bird: Cardinal

State mammal: Virginia Big-eared Bat, American Foxhound

State motto:

Thus always to tyrants

Famous people from Virginia: George Washington (first U.S. president), Meriwether Lewis (explorer), William Clark (explorer), Nat Turner (leader of slave uprising), Arthur Ashe (tennis), Warren Beatty (actor), Ella Fitzgerald (jazz singer), William H. Harrison (U.S. president), Sam Houston (political leader), Thomas Jefferson (U.S. president), Robert E. Lee (Confederate general), Shirley MacLaine (actress), James Madison (U.S. president), James Monroe (U.S. president), Opechancanough (Powhatan leader), Sam Snead (golfer), Zachary Taylor (U.S. president), John Tyler (U.S. president), Woodrow Wilson (U.S. president)

Fun facts about Virginia:

Jamestown was the first English settlement in the U.S. It was also the first capital of Virginia

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/virginia.htm#.U8T83lZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g57592-Charlottesville_Virginia-Vacations.html

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MAUI OCEANFRONT MARATHON, HAWAII, USA:

Marathon: 44

American State: 21/50

Result:

3:56:15 (2012-01-22)

Photos and race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/maui-oceanfront-marathon-120122-3-56.htm

Website: http://www.mauioceanfrontmarathon.com

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HAWAII, USA

State capital: Honolulu (375,000)

State population: 1.4 million

State nickname: The Aloha State

State bird: Nene

State mammal: Hawaiian monk seal, Humpback whale

State motto: 

The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness

Famous people from Hawaii:

Kaahumanu (Hawaiian queen), Kamehameha (first Hawaiian king), Barack Obama (U.S. president), Tia Carrere (actress)

Fun facts about Hawaii:

Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/hawaii.htm#.U8KzqV5n7eYMaui

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37 NCR-Trail

NCR TRAIL MARATHON, SPARKS, MARYLAND, USA

Marathon: 37

American state: 16/50

Result:

3:12:08 (2011-11-26)

Photos and race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/ncr-trail-marathon-maryland-3-12.htm

Website: http://ncrtrailmarathon.com

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MARYLAND, USA

State capital: Annapolis

State population: 5,6 million (Baltimore 622,000)

State nickname: The Old Line State

State bird: Baltimore Oriole

State mammal: Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Calico Cat, Thoroughbred

State motto:
Manly deeds, womanly words

Famous people from Maryland:
Babe Ruth (baseball), Frank Zappa (music), John Wilkes Booth (actor, Lincoln assassin), Billie Holiday (jazz-blues singer), Francis Scott Key (laywer, author), Leon Uris (author)

Fun facts about Maryland:
America’s national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key a Maryland lawyer. It is believed Key wrote the anthem on September 14, 1814 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor.
Since May 30th, 1949 the United States flag has flown continuously over the monument marking the site of Francis Scott Key’s birthplace. The flag flies at Terra Rubra Farm, Carroll County, Keymar, Maryland as mandated by a Joint Resolution of Congress.

The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use.

The first dental school in the United States opened at the University of Maryland.

Annapolis is known as the sailing capital of the world.

Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, was born in Baltimore and attended Saint Mary’s Industrial School. Other Major League Ball player besides ”The Babe” born in Maryland include Cal Ripken, Jr., Billy Ripken, Lefty Grove, Frank (Home Run) Baker, Harold Baines, Al Kaline, Denny Neagle, and Jimmie Foxx.

More facts:
http://www.50states.com/facts/maryland.htm#.U8Pn8FZn7eY

Logistic:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60811-Baltimore_Maryland-Vacations.html

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Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA MARATHON, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

Marathon: 19, 36

American state: 3/50

Result:

3:06:47 (2010-11-21)

3:05:38 (2011-11-20)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/gore-tex-philadelphia-marathon.htm (2013)

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/philadelphia-marathon-3-05-38.htm (2012)

Website: http://philadelphiamarathon.com

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PENNSYLVANIA, USA

State capital: Harrisburg

State population: 12,4 million (Philadelphia 1,6 million)

State nickname: The Keystone State

State bird: Ruffed Grouse

State mammal: White-tailed deer, Great Dane

State motto:

Virtue, liberty and independence

Famous people from Pennsylvania:

Daniel Boone (frontiersman), James Buchanan (U.S. president), Bill Cosby (actor), Gene Kelly (dancer, actor), Arnold Palmer (golfer), Robert E. Peary (explorer), James Stewart (actor)

Fun facts about Pennsylvania:

The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 1784

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/penn.htm#.U8RO8FZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60795-Philadelphia_Pennsylvania-Vacations.html

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RICHMOND MARATHON, VIRGINIA, USA

Marathon: 35, 86

American state: 15/50

Result:

3:04:15 (2011-11-12) PR!

4:39:44 (2012-11-10)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/richmond-marathon-virginia-gangnam-style.htm (2012)

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/richmond-marathon-virginia-3-04-15.htm (2011)

Media: Richmond Times Dispatch

http://www.richmond.com/archive/article_772e02e1-3053-52a7-8bdd-210992cd24d5.html

Website: http://www.richmondmarathon.com

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VIRGINIA, USA

State capital: Richmond

State population: 7,5 million

State nickname: The Old Dominion State

State bird: Cardinal

State mammal: Virginia Big-eared Bat, American Foxhound

State motto:

Thus always to tyrants

Famous people from Virginia:

George Washington (first U.S. president), Meriwether Lewis (explorer), William Clark (explorer), Nat Turner (leader of slave uprising), Arthur Ashe (tennis), Warren Beatty (actor), Ella Fitzgerald (jazz singer), William H. Harrison (U.S. president), Sam Houston (political leader), Thomas Jefferson (U.S. president), Robert E. Lee (Confederate general), Shirley MacLaine (actress), James Madison (U.S. president), James Monroe (U.S. president), Opechancanough (Powhatan leader), Sam Snead (golfer), Zachary Taylor (U.S. president), John Tyler (U.S. president), Woodrow Wilson (U.S. president)

Fun facts about Virginia:

Jamestown was the first English settlement in the U.S. It was also the first capital of Virginia
More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/virginia.htm#.U8T83lZn7eY

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MARINE CORPS MARATHON, WASHINGTON D.C. USA

Marathon: 33

American state: DC

Result: 

3:20:26 (2011-10-30)

Photos and race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/marine-corps-marathon-washington-d-c.htm

Website: http://www.marinemarathon.com

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WASHINGTON D.C. USA

Population: 600 000

Famous people from Washington D.C:

Duke Ellington (jazz musician), Marvin Gaye (singer), Al Gore (politician), Goldie Hawn (actress), Helen Hayes (actress), Samuel L. Jackson (actor), Pete Sampras (tennis), William Hurt (actor)

Fun facts about Washington D.C:

George Washington never lived in DC. The White House was actually completed a year after he died and the second U.S. President, John Adams, was the first to live there.

George Washington was supposed to be buried at the U.S. Capitol but his will stated that he wanted to be buried at his home, Mount Vernon, just outside of DC in Virginia. You can visit his gravesite today and pay your respects when you tour his home and estate.

The White House has a total of 35 bathrooms.

The original phone number for the White house in 1878 was simply the number 1.

The only president buried in DC is Woodrow Wilson, who is entombed at the Washington National Cathedral.

The Obamas have two Portuguese water dogs: Bo and Sunny.

Theodore Roosevelt allowed his six children to bring their pets to the White House in 1901: a small bear named Jonathan Edwards; a lizard named Bill; guinea pigs named Admiral Dewey, Dr. Johnson, Bishop Doane, Fighting Bob Evans and Father O’Grady; Maude the pig; Josiah the badger; Eli Yale the blue macaw; Emily Spinach the garter snake; Baron Spreckle the hen; a one-legged rooster; a hyena; a barn owl; Peter the rabbit; Algonquin the pony and many dogs too.

When the Washington Monument opened in 1884, it was the tallest structure in the world until the Eiffel Tower in Paris opened in 1889.

DC’s first baseball team began play in 1901 as the Washington Senators but they were also commonly known at the Washington Nationals until the team moved away in 1971. There was no professional baseball in DC until 2005 when a team was moved to the city and (re)adopted the name the Washington Nationals.

The seventh inning stretch was started when President William Howard Taft visited a game here in Washington, DC and decided to stretch his legs in the seventh inning. Everybody assumed the president was getting up to leave the game, so fans throughout the ballpark stood up as well out of respect for the president, thus beginning the tradition of the seventh inning stretch.

More facts:

http://washington.org/article/washington-dc-fun-facts-kids

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PRAIRIE STATE MARATHON, LIBERTYVILLE, ILLINOIS, USA

Marathon: 79

American state: 12/50

Result:

5:41:19 (2012-10-07)

Photos and race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/prairie-state-marathon-illinois.htm

Website: http://www.allcommunityevents.com/fall_marathon/psm_home.html

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ILLINOIS, USA

State capital: Springfield

State population: 12,9 million (Libertyville 20,000)

State nickname: Prairie State

State bird: Cardinal

State mammal: White-tailed deer

State motto:

State sovereignty, national union

Famous people from Illinois:

Black Hawk (Sauk Indian chief), Jimmy Connors, Cindy Crawford (model), Miles Davis (music), Walt Disney (animator), Harrison Ford (actor), Gloria Swanson (actress), Benny Goodman (music), Ernest Hemingway (author), Quincy Jones (composer), Bill Murray (actor), Richard Pryor (actor), Raquel Welch (actress)

Fun facts about Illinois:

The world’s first Skyscraper was built in Chicago, 1885

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/illinois.htm#.U8LKOF5n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g36262-Libertyville_Lake_County_Illinois-Vacations.html

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32 Columbus

COLUMBUS MARATHON, OHIO, USA

Marathon: 32

American state: 13/50

Result:

3:13:35 (2011-10-16)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/columbus-marathon-3-13-35.htm (2011)

Website: http://www.columbusmarathon.com

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OHIO, USA

State capital: Columbus (823,000)

State population: 11,5 million

State nickname: The Buckeye State

State bird: Cardinal

State mammal: White-tailed deer

State motto:

With God, all things are possible

Famous people from Ohio:

Neil Alden Armstrong (astronaut), Doris Day (singer, actress), Annie Oakley (markswoman), George Armstrong Custer (army officer), Thomas Alva Edison (inventor), Clark Gable (actor), James Abram Garfield (U.S. president), Ulysses Simpson Grant (U.S. president), Warren Gamaliel Harding (U.S. president), Rutherford Hayes (U.S. president), Benjamin Harrison (U.S. president), Dean Martin (singer, actor), William McKinley (U.S. president), Toni Morrison (author), Paul Newman (actor), Jack Nicklaus (golfer), Tyrone Power (actor), Steven Spielberg (director, screenwriter), William H. Taft (U.S. president), Tecumseh (Shawnee Indian chief), Ted Turner (broadcasting)

Fun facts about Ohio:

Cleveland boasts America’s first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/ohio.htm#.U8QhiVZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g50226-Columbus_Ohio-Vacations.html

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MESA FALLS MARATHON, IDAHO, USA

Marathon: 28

American state: 9/50

Result:

3:32:19 (2011-08-27)

Website: http://mesafallsmarathon.com

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IDAHO, USA

State capital: Boise

State population: 1.6 million

State nickname: The Gem State

State bird: Mountain Bluebird

State mammal: Appaloosa horse

State motto:

Let it be perpetual

Famous people from Idaho:

Picabo Street (skier), Lana Turner (actress), Ezra Pound (author)

Fun facts about Idaho:

Rigby is known as the birthplace of television since it is Philo T. Farnsworth’s hometown. Farnsworth pioneered television technology

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/idaho.htm#.U8LAwl5n7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g29229-Ashton_Idaho-Vacations.html

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25 Seattle

SEATTLE MARATHON, WASHINGTON, USA

Marathon: 25

American state: 6/50

Result:

3:26:34 (2011-06-25)

Website: http://www.seattlemarathon.org

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WASHINGTON, USA

State capital: Olympia

State population: 6.5 million (Seattle 652,000)

State nickname: The Evergreen State

State bird: Willow Goldfinch

State mammal: Olympic marmot, Orca

State motto:

Al-ki (By and by)

Famous people from Washington:

Kurt Cobain (grunge rock icon), Bing Crosby (singer, actor), Bill Gates (software executive), Bob Barker (TV host), Jimi Hendrix (guitarist), Phil Mahre (skier), Seattle Dwamish (Suquamish chief), Carol Channing (actress)

Fun facts about Washington:

Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world was founded in Seattle.

The forests of the Olympic Peninsula are among the rainiest places in the world and the only rainforests (such as the Hoh Rain Forest) in the continental United States.

Washington became the 42nd state in the United States on November 11, 1889.

The Lewis and Clark expedition entered the state on October 10, 1805.

Spokane was the smallest city in size to host a World’s Fair. – 1974

The percentage of non-religious people in Washington is the highest of any state, and church membership is among the lowest of all states.

Washington state has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined. Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the union.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/washingt.htm#.U815DFZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60878-Seattle_Washington-Vacations.html

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24 Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS MARATHON, MINNESOTA, USA

Marathon: 24

American state: 5/50

Result:

3:32:08 (2011-06-05)

Website: http://www.minneapolismarathon.com

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MINNESOTA, USA

State capital: St. Paul (295,00)

State population: 5,2 million (Minneapolis 401,000)

State nickname: North Star State

State bird: Common Loon

State motto:

The Star of the North

Famous people from Minnesota:

Bob Dylan (singer), Judy Garland (singer, actress), Jean Paul Getty (oil executive), Jessica Lange (actress), Sinclair Lewis (author), Roger Maris (baseball), Prince Rogers Nelson (singer), Winona Ryder (actress), Charles Monroe Schulz (cartoonist)

Fun facts about Minnesota:

Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/minn.htm#.U8PwnFZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g43323-Minneapolis_Minnesota-Vacations.html

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23 Madison

MADISON MARATHON, WISCONSIN, USA

Marathon: 23

American state: 4/50

Result:

3:44:51 (2011-05-29)

Website: http://www.madisonmarathon.org

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WISCONSIN, USA

State capital: Madison (243,000)

State population: 5,6 million

State nickname: The Badger State

State bird: Robin

State mammal: Badger, White-tailed deer, American Water Spaniel, Dairy cow

State motto:

Forward

Famous people from Wisconsin:

Laura Ingalls Wilder (author), Harry Houdini (magician), William Defoe (actor), Eric Heiden (speed skater), Liberace (pianist), Charles and John Ringling (circus entrepreneurs), Gena Rowlands (actress), Spencer Tracy (actor), Orson Welles (actor and producer), Frank Lloyd Wright (architect)

Fun facts about Wisconsin:

The first practical typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867.

Wisconsin produces more milk than any other state.

The original Barbie is from Willows. Barbie’s full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.

Milwaukee is home of Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

The Hamburger hall of fame is located in Seymour. Mercer is the Loon Capital of the World.

Green Bay is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World!

Devil’s Lake was established in 1911. The facility has become one of Wisconsin’s oldest and most famous state parks. It leads the state parks in attendance.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/wisconsin.htm#.U8UkWFZn7eY

Logistic:

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PITTSBURGH MARATHON, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

Marathon: 22

American state: 3/50

Result:

3:27:19 (2011-05-15)

Website: http://pittsburghmarathon.com

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PENNSYLVANIA, USA

State capital: Harrisburg (49,000)

State population: 12,4 million (Pittsburgh 2,4 million)

State nickname: The Keystone State

State bird: Ruffed Grouse

State mammal: White-tailed deer, Great Dane

State motto:

Virtue, liberty and independence

Famous people from Pennsylvania:

Daniel Boone (frontiersman), James Buchanan (U.S. president), Bill Cosby (actor), Gene Kelly (dancer, actor), Arnold Palmer (golfer), Robert E. Peary (explorer), James Stewart (actor)

Fun facts about Pennsylvania:

Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/penn.htm#.U8RK4VZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g53449-Pittsburgh_Pennsylvania-Vacations.html

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NEW JERSEY MARATHON, USA

Marathon: 21

American state: 2/50

Result: 

3:27:18 (2011-05-01)

Website: http://www.thenewjerseymarathon.com/race/marathon/

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NEW JERSEY, USA

State capital: Trenton (85,000)

State population: 8,7 million

State nickname: The Garden State

State bird: Eastern Goldfinch

State mammal: Horse

State motto:

Liberty and prosperity

Famous people from New Jersey:

Frank Sinatra (singer), Bruce Springsteen (musician), Jon Bon Jovi (musician), William Count Basie (band leader), James Fenimore Cooper (author), David Copperfield (magician), Whitney Houston (entertainer), Norman Mailer (author), Jack Nicholson (actor), Kevin Spacey (actor), Meryl Streep (actress), Sarah Vaughan (singer), Dionne Warwick (actress, singer), Ray Liotta (actor)

Fun facts about New Jersey:

New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/newjerse.htm#.U8QOtVZn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g46582-Long_Branch_New_Jersey-Vacations.html

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HONOLULU MARATHON, HAWAII, USA

Marathon: 7

Marathon Country: 4

Result:

3:46:44 (1996-12-08)

Website: http://www.honolulumarathon.org

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State capital: Honolulu (375,000)

State population: 1.4 million

State nickname: The Aloha State

State bird: Nene

State mammal: Hawaiian monk seal, Humpback whale

State motto: 

The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness

Famous people from Hawaii: 

Kaahumanu (Hawaiian queen), Kamehameha (first Hawaiian king), Barack Obama (U.S. president), Tia Carrere (actress)

Fun facts about Hawaii: 

Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/hawaii.htm#.U8KzqV5n7eY

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OMAHA MARATHON, NEBRASKA, USA

Marathon: 30

American state: 11/50

Result:

3:17:46 (2011-09-25)

Photos & Race report:

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/omaha-marathon-nebraska-3-17-46.htm (2011)

Website: http://omahamarathon.com

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NEBRASKA, USA

State capital: Lincoln

State population: 1,8 million (Omaha 904,000)

State nickname: The Cornhusker State

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State mammal: White-tailed deer

State motto:

Equality before the law

Famous people from Nebraska:

Fred Astaire (actor, dancer), Marlon Brando (actor), Warren Buffett (investor), James Coburn (actor), Henry Fonda (actor), Nick Nolte (actor)

Fun facts about Nebraska:

Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/nebraska.htm#.U8QFJFZn7eY

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ROME MARATHON, ITALY

Marathon: 123

Marathon Country: 11

Result:

5:56:07 (2014-03-23)

Photos & Race report: 

http://www.runnersworld.se/blogs/andersforselius/rom-marathon.htm

Garmin stats: 

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/466590254

Comments: Rome Marathon is like running through a ”history lesson” with many interesting sights along the way. The start/finish is at the Colosseum and you will pass through the beautiful Piazza Venezia, St Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona, The Spanish Steps and many other attractions. There are plenty of cobble stones, but it’s worth the pain in the calfs.

Website: http://www.maratonadiroma.it/?lang=en

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Capital: Rome (2,6 million)

Population: 60,8 million

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Famous people from Italy:

Marco Polo (explorer), Antonio Vivaldi (music), Giuseppe Verdi (music), Leonardo da Vinci (artist), Michelangelo (artist), Galileo Galilei (astronomer), Roberto Baggio (soccer)

Fun facts about Italy:

The average consumption of pasta in Italy is 25 kg per person per year. Arabs introduced dry pasta to the Italians? Before that, all the pasta was freshly made on an everyday basis.

When McDonald’s opened in 1986 in Rome, food purists outside the restaurant gave away free spaghetti to remind people of their culinary heritage.

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s most popular play, was set in the backdrop of Verona, Italy.

The volcanoes of Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvius, situated in South of Italy, are the only three active volcanoes in Europe.

The oldest university in Europe, in continuous operation, is the University of Bologna, founded in 1088.

Viol, violin, cello, piano, mechanical clock, barometer, thermometer, optical glasses and telephone were invented by Italians.

More facts:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-italy-1307.html

Logistic:

There are many hostels and Bed & Breakfasts in Rome.

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