They're bringing a marathon to my town in March of 2012. Just when I had that travel expense excuse down pat. The thing is going to be point to point and follow the fall line of the Saluda river from Lake Murray to the state capital. Should be a pretty route if they lay it out right. The capital is up on a pretty high bluff, but still this will overall be a slightly downhill race albeit with a strong uphill finish . I guess I could always claim I don't do downhill races. Worked once already when I didn't feel like running a 10k.