It was the first marathon I had ever attempted. My friend and colleague, Kari O'Connor, inspired me to sign up. She's done several marathons and trains for them.
This one was a good starter for me. It was low-key, yet inspiring enough to help me see the benefits of during a marathons consistently.
There is a lot of value in trying to reach the same goal as others even, and especially, if you're on different levels of experience and training. I can't tell you how inspiring it is to have people cheer you on when they look at you and instinctively you understand that they've been you at some point.