Ogden Marathon, May 16th, 2015, Ogden, UT.
Recommended for 1st time marathoners. Mostly a descending point-to-point course. A shuttle carries you to the start and you run back to the finish in the downtown area. Either finish or sleep in the mountains! This would be a great choice for any runner wanting to complete a race and be close to several featured TW's.
Provo River (UT)
Green River (UT)
Few hours - Henry's Fork of the Snake River (ID) and South Fork of the Snake River (ID)
St. George Marathon, October 3rd, 2015, St. George, UT.
Fast, descending point-to-point course. Runner's World rated it as one of four "Marathons to build a vacation around". Very popular and limited to 7800 runners, registration is by lottery. Runners register in April, and hope they're selected in May for the 2015 race (gotta love the lottery). *2 hours from Las Vegas!
TW's in the near vicinity:
2.5 hour drive to Lees Ferry, (AZ).
4 hour drive to the upper TW's in Utah.
City of Trees Marathon, October 11th, 2015, Boise, ID.
If you're one of those trying to run a marathon in all 50 states (me), this is probably a good choice. TW's in the area:
1.5 hrs to Owyhee River (OR) - Easy road side access all along the river from what I read.
4-5 hours to Henry's Fork of the Snake River (ID) and South Fork of the Snake River (ID).
Portland Marathon, October 4th, 2015, Portland, OR.
Considered one of the best marathons in the West and top 10 road races in the US. Also recommended for 1st time marathoners.
Besides the race you'll need to find time to fish this TW.
Deschutes River (OR) - enough said.
Many other rivers/streams near Portland.
I realize this information isn't relevant to most or ANY of my fishing buddies. But I'll leave you with this thought. If you're fishing with me and a bear suddenly appears - I don't have to out run the bear...