This is the elevation profile of the New Jersey Marathon. Throughout my training cycle, I've been asking myself if it's necessary to train on hills if the marathon course is so flat. Up until now, I have been pretty good about running on the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges at least once a week and try to incorporate some hills into my long runs. I had a great long run yesterday in Saddle River County Park which has a very similar elevation profile to the NJ Marathon.
So my question to my faithful readers is this: how important is hill training for a race that has no hills? Please comment.