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Hatfield McCoy Marathon

francste FIRST-TIMER '18

Hatfield McCoy Marathon

I arrived at the race registered to run the second half. I quickly and very easily upgraded to the full Marathon at packet pick-up. After packet pickup we visited a … MORE

I arrived at the race registered to run the second half. I quickly and very easily upgraded to the full Marathon at packet pick-up. After packet pickup we visited a very small Expo and then was treated to a free and very delicious spaghetti dinner.I ran this race with two other friends who drove from northern Minnesota to the race with me. We stayed in the fire station the night before the Race. The cots were very comfortable and the hospitality was top notch. All they ask for is a donation and that was a cause very worthy of giving to. We would stay there again. We stayed together throughout the entire full marathon and had an absolute blast. Each aid station was stocked like a typical trail run would be stocked with real foods, loads of fresh fruit and personal items that you do not find at any other Road Race I’ve been too. I’ve now run my 34th state with West Virginia being the most recent. This is quite possibly my favorite of all of the events I’ve ever done. The aid stations are quite frequent and next time I run I will not carry any liquid with me. Even though this race is historically known to be a hot one the aid stations provide ample support. In addition they are manned by wonderful local people who are excited to have you in their towns. Local law enforcement Patrol the route as needed and area medical professionals were at various points along the course. The event is clearly managed very well with all aspects being covered completely. Some Aid stations even went with the theme and it was fun to stop and take pictures and visit with the locals. One such aid station squirted us with squirt guns and then gave us the squirt guns to take with us as we left. There are photographers on the course and they charge a nominal fee it is not marathonfoto pricing 🙂 at the Finish you are greeted by Hatfield n McCoy and receive a medal and a mason jar with Hatfield and McCoy label which is really cute and suitable for your own moonshine 🙂 the final racer came in after 7 hours and was escorted by event directors, law enforcement and medical professionals. They were all walking in with her and very excited. The fun) support did not stop before the last finisher came through as you often find, unfortunately, with other marathons. My friends and I drove 16 hours to get to this event, one way. We will absolutely be back

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Philadelphia Marathon

wonderjess REPEAT RUNNER '16

Philadelphia Marathon

Second time running, Philly, and while there were some changes this year. It's still a great race. In 2016, they broke apart the half and full - half on Saturday … MORE

Second time running, Philly, and while there were some changes this year. It’s still a great race. In 2016, they broke apart the half and full – half on Saturday and full on Sunday. I was curious what this would do to crowd support, and it did bring it down a bit – but not as much as I expected. I love this race for numerous reasons:

COURSE: I love a city marathon. The course brings you through downtown Philly, through the South Side, up around the Zoo, and then out to Manayunk (I love it there). People are out, crowd support is still good. Manayunk is always a crowd pleaser. There are hills, mostly in the first half, and the second half is fast. This is a fast course. I like it. My two fastest marathon times are here.

PRODUCTION: Great!! I think this is year 23 for them. No hiccups, everything goes as planned (except for the weather). Aid stations are plentiful, as are friendly volunteers. Lots of port-a-potties.

SWAG: They had gender specific tops this year. Lots of shirts and gear for purchase. The medal is kind of nice – very detailed, and it looks like it would stand up on it’s own without the ribbon.

LOCATION: This city is connected to the marathon. Philly is the city of brotherly love, and they are so glad you are there and running. Seriously. I always have a great time visiting.

WEATHER: Unpredictable. In 2013, it was sunny and hot. In 2016, it was a high of 71 on Saturday, and of like 43 on Sunday + wind, wind, and more wind. It’s November.

I typically don’t repeat races. Philly is hands down one of my favorite races ever, and the only marathon I’ve run twice =)

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Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon

Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '18

Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon

I ran this race for my 48th State. My husband and I went up the week before and spent the time exploring glaciers, state and national parks and wildlife. I … MORE

I ran this race for my 48th State. My husband and I went up the week before and spent the time exploring glaciers, state and national parks and wildlife. I don’t recommend going only to run the race, as you will miss out on some amazing things Alaska has to offer!
This race is held on the weekend closest to Summer Solstice. The entire time we were there, we never saw darkness. (22 hours of daylight and the 2 hours of “not daylight” would still be bright enough to drive without headlights.) Be prepared to have trouble sleeping and feeling tired mid day. Your melatonin levels will be whacked out. Worth it though!

Course: The first 4-5 miles were on the side of a busy road. That section was pretty boring. Fortunately, nearly every road in Alaska has bike/pedestrian paths so we were never “too close” to traffic. We spent a good amount of time on gravel roads and trails through woods and along waterways. We saw a BEAR around mile 7! We had to stop running and scare him off. That was pretty cool! (My first time seeing a bear in the wild.) I enjoyed this section the most. The finish was through a neighborhood with some pretty steep but short hills. Scenery was great for Alaska. I’m sure there are other races that are more scenic. But for a mid-sized city race, I would rank it towards the top simply because they managed to avoid running on roads. Except for the first 4 miles and the last mile, it felt like a trail run.
At Packet Pickup, they ran out of race guides and seemed to be a bit uninformed of needed details. Not a big deal because the website had info. You get your shirt after the race. Nice medal.

Alaska is beautiful! You can’t go wrong with this race. Be sure to schedule some exploring in your trip.

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Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon & Half Marathon

sarastew FIRST-TIMER '19

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon & Half Marathon

I ran this half marathon back in 2016 and can only tell you it’s gotten better. They changed the route for the full but this was my first time running … MORE

I ran this half marathon back in 2016 and can only tell you it’s gotten better. They changed the route for the full but this was my first time running the full. It was IMMACULATE and beautiful the entire course! Lots of porta potties along the course.

While the tragic events that caused this marathon to take place are hard to absorb, the tribute this race provides is incredible. The memorial is open before the race and you can pay your respects and join the morning prayer. Before the race starts there is a 168 second moment of silence to honor each of the victims that were killed in the bombing.

As the race begins it’s as the sun is rising and you enjoy downtown OKC. As you progress along the course the streetlights have banners with the names of the victims on them.

It’s extremely emotional. I just fell in love with the kind reminder this race holds. I’m honored I was able to participate and defiantly recommend this one!

The only downfall is it gets hot and humid as the day progresses. I finished in just under 4 hours but was definitely starting to feel the heat.

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

nickiruns77 REPEAT RUNNER '18

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

The Indy Monumental marathon is one I highly recommend. The course is large enough to accommodate the volume of runners (even prior to the half marathon split), runs around some … MORE

The Indy Monumental marathon is one I highly recommend. The course is large enough to accommodate the volume of runners (even prior to the half marathon split), runs around some nice neighborhoods and interesting sights, and allows for you to see landmarks near the finish from a good distance so you can visually see when you are in the final mile. The other runners were friendly, and a few bands play music to cheer you on so running the course is pleasant. Also helps that it is pretty darn flat.

The race management is very good. At the last minute, President Trump decided to stay at a hotel within a block of the finish line on race day and information regarding additional street closures and updates were professionally and promptly dispersed to runners.

The race t-shirt was printed in the colors of the Indianapolis flag & in my opinion was a bit ugly & gaudy. The beanie cap they hand out at the finish line was nice & they had a lot of nice race swag for sale at the expo.

I might be biased as I PR’d, but with the great course and great running weather at that time of year, its a race I highly recommend.

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Philadelphia Marathon

RunnerGirlKT FIRST-TIMER '16

Philadelphia Marathon

This year was cold and windy, super windy, but this is an awesome race. I actually enjoyed this race more than the NYC Marathon. My hotel was an easy walk … MORE

This year was cold and windy, super windy, but this is an awesome race. I actually enjoyed this race more than the NYC Marathon.

My hotel was an easy walk to the expo and start/finish line. I could eat breakfast, walk to the start, and just start which was refreshing after NYC. The course goes by most, if not all, of the landmarks of Philly and there is really only one challenging hill in the middle of the course.

This year there weren’t many spectators because of the weather, but I’ve heard the course support is usually great.

Nice medal, awesome shirts, nice expo.

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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

brookegal FIRST-TIMER '18

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

This course is fast and amazing that it goes through Churchill Downs, but other than that lacks scenery... but makes up for in crowd support. By far the best crowd … MORE

This course is fast and amazing that it goes through Churchill Downs, but other than that lacks scenery… but makes up for in crowd support. By far the best crowd support of the races I’ve done. One issue I had was race day parking and honestly it was nightmarish and had to run to the corrals then wait in forever potty line … so I learned my lesson for next year – get there super early! I liked the expo and shirt and medal were all great! My personal issue was that I was battling IT band issues and went out too fast but crowd really helped get me to the end. Food after the race was plentiful but wish I didn’t have to walk so far for food and meet up with people. Actually getting to the east side of the course (where parked) was trickier than it should have been. Overall I think it was a great course, organized well, and would recommend.

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

cassidymegan3 FIRST-TIMER '18

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

This was my 26th full marathon. I trained my butt off in the summer in Central Florida for the Berlin Marathon with the hopes to BQ and race day was … MORE

This was my 26th full marathon. I trained my butt off in the summer in Central Florida for the Berlin Marathon with the hopes to BQ and race day was a disaster, so as soon as I got home, I registered for this… then 5 days later, they changed the qualifying times again and I said, “you know what? Go enjoy it and get another state on your list.”
I…LOVED…THIS…RACE! I loved it. As a Midwesterner who’s been in Florida for the past 13 years, it was so nice to be back to “autumn.” I know that race directors have no control over the weather but it was absolutely perfect: I think that it was in the upper 30ºs F at the race start. The sun was shining, the leaves were changing, the neighbors were out cheering us on. I had a blast. I started with the 3:45 pacer and had to use the portapotty (even though I did less than an hour before the start) and I could not catch back up to him. Oh well. I still PR’d by a whole 11 seconds, but I loved the course and a PR is a PR.
The expo was very nice. Lots of vendors. Lots of small “mom & pop” boutique-y type of vendors which I always like to see. Unfortunately, I flew in and flew out with a carry-on bag only so I couldn’t get a lot. I did get the poster, though, and it was weird because my sisters did not run this race but all 3 of our names were on the poster and printed – not alphabetically – but in the order in which we were born. I thought that was awesome.
I was fortunate to get an Air BnB close enough to the start and finish so I walked there in the morning and was pleased to see that there were plenty of portapotties and the nice warm hotel lobby to sit in while we waited for the start. I was positioned in corral A but made my way back to B because I could tell that I was not where I should have been.
The water stops were well-stocked and well-manned. I loved the “rolling hills” (for a Florida girl, all hills are rolling hills.) It was just such a beautiful course. I wish that I would have written this sooner but I’m sure that I would have been gushing even more about it. I was so happy that there were a lot of marathoners on the course – I hate lonely marathons. Oh! Such a good race. I tell all of my friends that they need to run this one. It might not be glamorous like NYC, Vegas, or Chicago but if you actually want to accomplish a goal, Indy is the place to do it. Bravo and well-done race directors!
P.S. I love my hat and I get a lot of compliments on the star on the sleeve of the shirt (as if I designed it. ☺)

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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

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bjfuller2000 REPEAT RUNNER '18

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

Another personal favorite race. I’m already signed up for my 5th straight year to run this race. Bling is always top notch and a good and flat course through Louisville … MORE

Another personal favorite race. I’m already signed up for my 5th straight year to run this race. Bling is always top notch and a good and flat course through Louisville

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Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

HalfSpeedQueen FIRST-TIMER '18

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

The course was along the ocean with a wonderful, refreshing breeze. The aid stations were plentiful and well staffed. My favorite part was the community support for the runners. Coming … MORE

The course was along the ocean with a wonderful, refreshing breeze. The aid stations were plentiful and well staffed. My favorite part was the community support for the runners. Coming off of the holidays, my time was not as good as I could have hoped. However, this race reminded me why I love running in Southern California.

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St. Jude Memphis Marathon & Half Marathon

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ssabol1562 FIRST-TIMER '18

St. Jude Memphis Marathon & Half Marathon

This is one of those races where I have to say it wasn't great but it wasn't bad either. Mother nature didn't help us out much...severe storms pushed the start … MORE

This is one of those races where I have to say it wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either. Mother nature didn’t help us out much…severe storms pushed the start back an hour and a half. Once the storms blew out, we got sun and humidity. But you can’t really hold weather against a race but it might bias my opinion a bit!

Pros: Scenic course…ran past Beale Street and along the water front. Great crowd support..especially running through the St Judes campus where patients and their families were cheering us on! Nice medal and great post race party with local beer brewed specifically for the race. Also had a lot of aid stations on the course which was huge with the humidity

Cons: Very crowded. With 25,000 runners and some confusion about road closing times due to the delays, parking was a bit of a nightmare. You really have to arrive really early since the 5K/10K starts an hour before the half/full. Parking and traffic around the expo were also terrible. The course had steeper hills than I expected which were amplified by the humidity.

Overall, I would say this race and city are worth doing once. Graceland is a must see as are the Peabody Ducks. Beale Street is a big draw but we did not feel very safe there after dark. We also had some bad Uber experiences. HINT: if a driver tells you they need to get gas, insist that they bring you to your destination first.

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

TheWittyKnit FIRST-TIMER '18

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

I would like to personally thank Indianapolis for its flatness. Truly, it is a gift to all runners. The course was FLAT, and there were lots of opportunities to take … MORE

I would like to personally thank Indianapolis for its flatness. Truly, it is a gift to all runners. The course was FLAT, and there were lots of opportunities to take in scenic views. The trees had exploded into riotous fall colors, and it was beautiful to run through some of the scenic neighborhoods amidst the reds and yellows and oranges of the season.

The race is well-organized, and they are very informative with their pre-race information. The race festival for packet pick-up has a ton of vendors, and there’s something for everyone. The race had great volunteers with lots of water stops (endurance gels and bananas were offered towards the higher mile markers, as well).

I would recommend this race to anyone whose training gets them ready for any of the Fall full or half-marathons. There is good swag (I wear my Monumental beanie hat for all of my cold-weather runs,) and ample food available afterwards. I’m already signed up to run this year’s full!

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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

Shak38 FIRST-TIMER '19

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

I ran this race with some friends from Colorado as we are attempting to run a marathon in every state...eventually... The course was very enjoyable, especially Iroquois Park, although the … MORE

I ran this race with some friends from Colorado as we are attempting to run a marathon in every state…eventually… The course was very enjoyable, especially Iroquois Park, although the hills are no joke during that point in the race. The course is interesting and hits all the highlights of Louisville. We stayed at the Galt House and had many restaurants and activities to choose from during our stay and we were within walking distance of the start and finish line. The expo was a very good size – not too big and not too small. It had all the things you might need if you forgot to pack something and some cool things that you wouldn’t expect at an expo, like bourbon tasting. There were more than enough aid stations and the volunteers were top notch. Quite a few spectators were out and about with kids giving those all-important power high fives! The medals are pretty cool with the ribbons mentioning all the highlights of the course. These are some things I’d suggest to make the race even better. The bag drop had an incredibly long line. This was because the volunteers had to mark your bag with your number and then use a zip tie to close the bag and there was still a line even after the race started. I suggest having the markers at the expo so that the numbers can be written before the race and then just have the zip ties on the table for people to tie their own bags. The corrals weren’t monitored and, as is often the case, people lined up incorrectly with many walkers in the first few corrals. Also, there were not enough porta-potties in the first 13 miles of the race. They’d have one or two at each aid station and the lines were 15-30 long. They advertised gel at several aid stations, but they only had it at one that I saw so perhaps they ran out by the time I got through (5+ marathoner). The finish-line party could have been great but it started raining and got muddy and cold – that can’t be helped. My biggest disappointment was the race swag. The shirt had such a cool design, but then they put it on a cheaply made shirt that fits poorly (the men’s didn’t have a v-neck and I wish I would have chosen that). The only other thing we got in our bag was a miniature bat and that wasn’t even given to the half marathoners. I did buy a marked-down sling pack at the expo that was normally $28 for $10. I took the last one so my friends didn’t even get to buy one. Many marathons would have included something like this as swag. Would I recommend this race? Absolutely! Louisville is a wonderful, welcoming city and the few minor things mentioned above can be easily corrected.

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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

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roisaac FIRST-TIMER '19

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

This race was really fun. I did the full marathon and the course was flat except for the park. It goes through the infield of Churchill Downs, which was really … MORE

This race was really fun. I did the full marathon and the course was flat except for the park. It goes through the infield of Churchill Downs, which was really cool. After the marathon splits from the half, there are barely any spectators and no one from the half really sticks around to watch the marathoners finish. The expo was smaller than I thought it would be. I completed this race because I heard this was one of the top races in America and it didn’t disappoint. Great swag too. The medal was big. Just a heads up, when you do run this race, make sure you get downtown very early, they close the roads early and it’s nearly impossible to park. I had to park over a mile away and run to the start line and I was still 15 minutes late. But the people of Louisville are very nice and they helped me find my way when I got lost trying to find my car after the race. I live in Michigan and I would travel down to run it again.

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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

kellyh FIRST-TIMER '18

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

The first 3/4 or so of this course is amazing. There were frequent aid stations. Running through Churchill Downs with the old Derby racecalls playing was awesome. Iroquois Park presented … MORE

The first 3/4 or so of this course is amazing. There were frequent aid stations. Running through Churchill Downs with the old Derby racecalls playing was awesome. Iroquois Park presented some moderate hills in the shade, but it was pretty up there, and the hills were not that bad. The big problem was somewhere after mile 20 or 21 , where it felt like the race directors forgot to put any aid stations and there was very little crowd support. (I think there was one aid station there towards the end, but they were much more frequent in the earlier stages of the race) Basically, it sucked for the part of the race where runners need the support the most. I understand that the half-marathon is much larger than the marathon here, but the support at the end would have been nice.

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Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon

thejohnsongirl FIRST-TIMER '14

Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon

For a midnight sun marathon it ironically poured rain. Within the first mile my socks were soaked from running through puddles. It is an interesting course with road, sidewalks, bike … MORE

For a midnight sun marathon it ironically poured rain. Within the first mile my socks were soaked from running through puddles.
It is an interesting course with road, sidewalks, bike path, dirt roads, and even a little bit of single track trail thrown in. No real hills of note. Great crowd at the end but not much for spectators throughout. Beautiful course through the trees and a HUGE medal.

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Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon

Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '18

Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon

Overall Rating: Good. Course Difficulty: Moderate. Definitely not flat, but not hilly the whole time either. There was a fairly long stretch of gravel, which my feet welcomed, and a … MORE

Overall Rating: Good.

Course Difficulty: Moderate. Definitely not flat, but not hilly the whole time either. There was a fairly long stretch of gravel, which my feet welcomed, and a short stretch of single track, non technical.

Course Scenery: It was good, but not exactly what I thought it may be in Alaska. Had views of mountains for much of it, but there are probably better runs in AK if scenery is your thing.

Race Production: Really good. Shuttles were flawless, started on time, good start and finish chutes, and aid stations were excellent. No gels at this race, only pretzels, red twists, and oranges. Packet pickup was a breeze.

Race Swag: Nice medal, and long sleeve tech finisher’s shirt.

My Performance: I think I could have finished this race a little faster (maybe 4:45), but I found some folks who were running a little slower to hang out with, and that was better for me than finishing 20 minutes faster.

Final notes: Alaska is a long way away, even by plane…just be ready for that.

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Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

bbkins52185 FIRST-TIMER '19

Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

Everything from packet pickup to parking, to picking up age group awards was efficient, easy, and well run. Ran the Double Down Challenge (5k + Half Marathon) and really enjoyed … MORE

Everything from packet pickup to parking, to picking up age group awards was efficient, easy, and well run. Ran the Double Down Challenge (5k + Half Marathon) and really enjoyed it, there was a perfect amount of time between the two. My only criticism is 1-2 of the aid stations used the wrong cups (reached for water and got Ultima or reached for Ultima and got water) but that is honestly all I could come up with! Awesome experience!

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Boston Marathon

[email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '17

Boston Marathon

By now you've read all about the conditions. Let me add a few of my learnings. 1) While tempted to go lighter, I ended up wearing a rainproof running jacket … MORE

By now you’ve read all about the conditions. Let me add a few of my learnings. 1) While tempted to go lighter, I ended up wearing a rainproof running jacket the entire race. I think keeping my core warm was key. 2) While like you, I have read ALL the advice on running Boston, last year I did not heed the ” go slow and save your quads at the start” advice. This year the first 10km were my slowest, and sure enough I felt strong through Newton until the end. 3) If you are a first timer, stop worrying about Heartbreak Hill. ( the other three that come before are worse 🙂 ) My legs are happy to shift to climbing and giving my quads a break. I felt stronger on the up hills than on the down hills from Newton to the finish. I’ve heard the same from many other runners. 13 minutes off my PB, but under BQ time, so I was happy with the result overall!!

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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

FormerFatGirl FIRST-TIMER '18

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

I did this race because I had heard it was much better than the Indy 500 Mini (which was ok) and needed another spring race. The course is enjoyable. I … MORE

I did this race because I had heard it was much better than the Indy 500 Mini (which was ok) and needed another spring race. The course is enjoyable. I especially enjoyed running through Churchhill Downs and seeing the spires. I also LOVED the course support…from the nursing home handing out oranges to the college kids wanting trading tylenol for beer tickets :).

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Philadelphia Marathon

katesonn390 FIRST-TIMER '11

Philadelphia Marathon

This was my first ever full marathon and I can't recommend it enough for first timers! The course is nice and flat, so it's not overly challenging. Running through a … MORE

This was my first ever full marathon and I can’t recommend it enough for first timers! The course is nice and flat, so it’s not overly challenging. Running through a big city is always fun, because there are so many people cheering on the sidelines!

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Boston Marathon

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lchristensen44 FIRST-TIMER '17

Boston Marathon

The Boston marathon is more than just a race. There is a 5K on Saturday, blessing of the athletes on Sunday and Sam Adams beer tours on Tuesday. Runners have … MORE

The Boston marathon is more than just a race. There is a 5K on Saturday, blessing of the athletes on Sunday and Sam Adams beer tours on Tuesday. Runners have to take an hour bus ride to the starting corrals and if you’re in Wave 4 (about 4hr qualifying time) you won’t start running until 11:15am. The course has more hills than I anticipated which took it’s toll on me. There was a lot of support at the water stops and spectators along the course. The best part, in my opinion, was the last half mile of the course. When you turn right and then left and see all the international flags, big finish line and thousands of spectators, you realize that you are part of the most prestigious athletic event in the world.

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Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon

jeannecorey64 REPEAT RUNNER '17

Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon

I love this marathon for so many reasons. The logistics, the expo, the course, post race festivities, volunteers, crowd support to name a few. I have paced this marathon 5 … MORE

I love this marathon for so many reasons. The logistics, the expo, the course, post race festivities, volunteers, crowd support to name a few. I have paced this marathon 5 times. The first year I ran it I Boston Qualified. The course is not difficult and the crowd support is fantastic. The race is seamless with logistics from getting there, communications, water stops, nutrition and safety for all runners. I can’t wait to run it next year!

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Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

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4inthefamily FIRST-TIMER '18

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

We must have just hit the weather jackpot in 2018, but it was a beautiful day for a marathon. As we ran through the tunnels at Churchhill downs the entire … MORE

We must have just hit the weather jackpot in 2018, but it was a beautiful day for a marathon. As we ran through the tunnels at Churchhill downs the entire pack at my pace sang an echoing rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home”….which was just awesome. The run through the park, though a little hilly, was my favorite part. The rest of the run was not as scenic, but it was flat as advertised a the crowds were great. I’ll definitely be back.

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Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '18

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

This was truly a great race! Nice course that was not too hard...pretty flat, with nice down hills. Perfect amount of participants, as I never felt over crowded, nor did … MORE

This was truly a great race! Nice course that was not too hard…pretty flat, with nice down hills. Perfect amount of participants, as I never felt over crowded, nor did I feel alone. Happy to have PR’d on this race!

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

jianwang2019 FIRST-TIMER '17

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Very rough payment and huge potholes in a lot of areas. As a result, I injured my feet and leg. Other than the poor road condition, it was not bad. MORE

Very rough payment and huge potholes in a lot of areas. As a result, I injured my feet and leg. Other than the poor road condition, it was not bad.

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Freakin Fast Half Marathon

klucht FIRST-TIMER '17

Freakin Fast Half Marathon

The race started out rocky. A few minutes before the race was set to start the race director had to announce the buses weren't coming. Thanks to some quick thinking … MORE

The race started out rocky. A few minutes before the race was set to start the race director had to announce the buses weren’t coming. Thanks to some quick thinking and some very generous locals the race was able to start. The course was fast like the title and almost all downhill.

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Boston Marathon

RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '15

Boston Marathon

Boston is a unique experience for a runner, especially those of us who may only ever get to run it once. Last year was cold and rainy, but it didn't … MORE

Boston is a unique experience for a runner, especially those of us who may only ever get to run it once. Last year was cold and rainy, but it didn’t put a damper on the festivities at all. Here are my takeaways:

Expo: I didn’t linger, but it is well organized and crowded. Be sure and take a look at the merchandise. I grabbed a sweatshirt which is one of my favorites of all time. I of course bought the jacket too but I did that online ahead of time, plus a long-sleeve top. The finisher shirt was really nice, bright yellow with the logo on the front and back. I’ll probably never run Boston again but the gear and swag I collected will always be amongst my favorite!

Hotel: It’s expensive to stay in Boston any time, but especially during marathon time. We stayed at the W Boston which was prime real estate, but worth it. BOOK IN ADVANCE. Like, as soon as you know you’re going to come back or MIGHT come back the next year, book a hotel room. W was easy walking distance to shuttle meet up and finish line.

Food: One of the great things about marathoning is getting to eat well. There are so many restaurants in Boston it’s a little overwhelming. The Salty Pig is delicious (not for carbo loading but any other time!) and Teatro was a great race-eve restaurant; great pasta and lots of other Boston runners doing the same! It was also right around the corner from our hotel.

Logistics: Boston knows what to do on marathon weekend. Race morning was easy. Get on the bus, ride 26.2 miles to the start. There you’ll find tents and bathrooms and places to hang out until your wave. Depending on when you run, you may be there a while so bring throw-away clothes based on sitting around in whatever temperature you might have that day.

The course: It’s got some hills, but who has time to notice? The course is basically lined with spectators for the majority of the route with only a few exceptions. Each milestone town is exciting if you’ve looked at the course ahead of time, and by the time you get to the home stretch, your ears will be ringing with cheering crowds. I had headphones, but didn’t really bother with them so I could soak up the race.

Speaking of soaking up the race, bring lots of different clothing options for race day, just in case. We pretty much knew it was going to rain on us but the day before was cloudless and perfect. I had options and I was glad.

The finish was a breeze. Collect your iconic medal and make your way out of the funnel. I found my husband and we made our way back to the hotel. Enjoy the post-race excitement – so many Boston jackets, hats, and sweatshirts wandering around Boston the evening after the race! If you have the time to explore the city, I highly recommend it, just be careful about too much walking if it’s before the race.

It’s a must-run in my opinion, even if it’s only once in a lifetime.

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Boston Marathon

omnirunner REPEAT RUNNER '14

Boston Marathon

If this is your first Boston you should: Arrive a day or two early and enjoy the weekend. Go to the Expo, even if you just walk around and get … MORE

If this is your first Boston you should:
Arrive a day or two early and enjoy the weekend.
Go to the Expo, even if you just walk around and get free samples.
Know that the race is not entirely down hill until Heart Break Hill. There are plenty of small hills all along the course.
There’s nothing like Boylston Street!

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Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon & Half Marathon

YanisNanashi FIRST-TIMER '14

Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon & Half Marathon

Very beautiful race starting in Fort Lauderdale downtown early in the morning when the sun is rising. After the start in downtown runners run towards the ocean with the rising … MORE

Very beautiful race starting in Fort Lauderdale downtown early in the morning when the sun is rising. After the start in downtown runners run towards the ocean with the rising sun ahead. Most of the course is along the oceanfront. Finish at the beach! Wonderful flat race!

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Jacksonville Marathon

BrianYowler FIRST-TIMER '18

Jacksonville Marathon

This race is flat and would make a good PR course. However, as a northerner, this is not the "Florida" that I imagined. None of the course goes through the … MORE

This race is flat and would make a good PR course. However, as a northerner, this is not the “Florida” that I imagined. None of the course goes through the city of Jacksonville or near the water. It’s all residential. It was also really humid, which made for a very difficult race.

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Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon & Half Marathon

jsheaffer10 REPEAT RUNNER '17

Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon & Half Marathon

There are Tons of recovery food options at the finish and a great Expo beforehand. A beautiful sunrise to watch while you run along the beach on A1A is a … MORE

There are Tons of recovery food options at the finish and a great Expo beforehand. A beautiful sunrise to watch while you run along the beach on A1A is a bonus also!

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Colfax Marathon

nwhelan87 FIRST-TIMER '17

Colfax Marathon

Communication was pretty poor with little to no information on parking. The only thing they said was that there was no parking in City Park and they recommended being dropped … MORE

Communication was pretty poor with little to no information on parking. The only thing they said was that there was no parking in City Park and they recommended being dropped off which wasn’t an option for me. For any future participants there are no dedicated lots you just drive around the surrounding neighborhoods until you can find somewhere to street park. The course was not that great mostly running past car dealerships and liquor stores on Colfax. Spectators were few and far between which was disappointing because they made it sound like there were going to be a lot more. Post race would’ve been nice but everything was so crowded it wasn’t worth the time. The BBQ ran out early and the lines for the remaining food options were over 100 people deep. Overall I was very disappointed with this race the course was not great, pre race logistics were terrible and while the medal was nice the rest of the post race festivities were too small to accommodate the amount of people there.

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St. Jude Memphis Marathon & Half Marathon

usamhall FIRST-TIMER '18

St. Jude Memphis Marathon & Half Marathon

The communication on the race was almost excessive with emails once or twice a week. The expo was very large and had lots of goodies. What I remember of the … MORE

The communication on the race was almost excessive with emails once or twice a week. The expo was very large and had lots of goodies. What I remember of the weather was the humidity and at the end great gusts of wind as we finished. It is always great to run a race for a cause and we were very touched by the children that great us on the course. The Marathon starts downtown and runs by the river then up to the hospital and back into neighborhoods. I was told in advance that this was a flat course. However there never seemed to be a full mile that was flat. I was thankful for the cover of the trees in parks and neighborhoods because the downtown was so hot and windy. Interesting enough it was really warm for a December day. I will remember those kids forever.

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Colfax Marathon

cbielinski REPEAT RUNNER '17

Colfax Marathon

Each year they improve certain parts of this race but there are still some issues. Good things - The expo is much easier to get into and out of than … MORE

Each year they improve certain parts of this race but there are still some issues.
Good things
– The expo is much easier to get into and out of than in the past
– Shirts had a nice design and fit well this time
– If this was your second marathon of 2017 you got a nice Colfax Marathon duffel bag
– They have near real time runner tracking in place

Bad things
– The water station at mile 4 was not set up and nobody was there when the marathon went through
– No marker or timing mat for the 13.1 mile marker of the marathon, this is marathon running setup 101 and there is no excuse for not having something there.
– The race still starts and end at City Park, there is no parking there so unless you are getting dropped off or live nearby you have to wander around to find a spot to park. City Park is a horrible place to stage an event this large as there is little easy access for mass transit such as light rail.

Note: This course is not easy, there are a LOT of sharp turns on it and you go through some rough roads in spots. These things take a toll on your legs by the end of marathon.

I really want to like this event as it is the only marathon in Denver now but if you want to run a race in Colorado there are other events that are better.

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Newport Marathon & Half Marathon (OR)

Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '18

Newport Marathon & Half Marathon (OR)

Overall Rating: Very good. Course Difficulty: Very easy course with a few hills. Course Scenery: Ran along the ocean for a few miles, through the old port, and the along … MORE

Overall Rating: Very good.

Course Difficulty: Very easy course with a few hills.

Course Scenery: Ran along the ocean for a few miles, through the old port, and the along bay for the rest of the run. There was a lot to look at and was a fantastic representation of this part of the world.

Race Production: Really good. The volunteers at this race were excellent. While I was walking to the early start at 5:30, there were already smiling faces at each of the intersections just waiting. Aid stations were well stocked, and packet pickup was no-frills/no problems. Course was well marked.

Race Swag: Good. Nice quality tech shirt and handmade glass medal.

My Performance: Odd. So this was my 10th marathon in 21 days and I got a PR??? I checked my watch a couple of times to make sure I didn’t cut a part of the course, and all was right. Somehow, I just felt really good running that day; not sure why, but I’ll take it.

Thoroughly enjoyed this part of the world, it is just beautiful, and the people are really friendly. The PR was a bonus. If you’re looking for a BQ, this is very likely a good place to make it happen.

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Newport Marathon & Half Marathon (OR)

Donnald69 FIRST-TIMER '06

Newport Marathon & Half Marathon (OR)

Inexpensive, small town marathon, that has been written up in several Runners World articles, as a fast course. The setting begins along the ocean front on the south end of … MORE

Inexpensive, small town marathon, that has been written up in several Runners World articles, as a fast course. The setting begins along the ocean front on the south end of Newport, Oregon, and after a short loop through a small neighborhood, the runners head down to the south waterfront. The run continues east, running along a small highway, which has one lane closed for the marathon. It is scenic the entire course. The run takes you east until about mile 16, where you then make a U turn and head back on the same highway going west. You have the ability to see and cheer for other runners, and both directions you have a confluence of ocean and river water to the south of the highway. At mile 11, and again at mile 19, runners are offered, and in fact encouraged, to stop for “oyster shooters”, already prepared so that you barely have to slow down.
The race finished down on the south waterfront “old town waterfront”, where crowds of locals, but mostly friends and family greet the finishers. For a small town marathon, they did a great job organizer this race. I have never repeated a marathon, but this is one I am considering.

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Boston Marathon

erowings FIRST-TIMER '17

Boston Marathon

Well, first of all, it's Boston! The oldest continuous annual marathon in the world, since 1897, they even ran when the Olympics committee shut down the games during World War … MORE

Well, first of all, it’s Boston! The oldest continuous annual marathon in the world, since 1897, they even ran when the Olympics committee shut down the games during World War II. So, it’s a huge hairy freaking deal, coupled with the fact that as you look around you at the expo, on the streets, and in the subway at all the people sporting their new race gear you drink in the fact that, excepting the charity fund raising entries, you are all there because you had to qualify. So it’s an honor and a privilege just to be there, and the lead-up festivities that occur pre-race all feel like it’s all for you if you’re lucky enough to be there.

My race itself was an eye-opening and somewhat disappointing experience, but I want to focus on the positives. I went out with a specific pace in mind and maintained it easily for the first 15 miles, but Newton will absolutely slap you down if you think you can run faster than your fitness level. Trust me. Suffice it to say that I did not finish at a re-qualifying time, but I did find 4th gear on Boylston Street to the finish and passed a few folks the last 0.2, anyway. But this is about me, and I really want to focus on reviewing the race itself.

They tell you not to wear earbuds for this one, so you can enjoy the spectator participation, and those people are absolutely right. Every small town you pass through in the first half had a town center with massive crowds cheering their lungs out, and it was frankly kind of unbelievable.

Experiencing “Scream Alley” at Wellesley College near Mile 13 in person was very cool as well. I did run near the barricade and do a bunch of high fives, though I confess I was concerned about my time enough that I didn’t stop for any kisses.

The last of the Newton Hills (which severly increased my average pace by that point) is of course the infamous Heartbreak Hill, and I remember working on my own mind, telling myself it was the last one, keep moving those feet at a race pace, etc. When I got to the top I did a kind of “show-offy” thing: I felt a release of the pent-up frustration of the arduous climb as I crested the top in the middle of an intersection (which is near Boston College), and I raised both hands up in the air and let out a shout. I’ll never forget the crowd answering it! As beat up as I was by then I smiled – just couldn’t help it.

Then of course you are running into Brookline and Boston itself, and the crowds on the street are continuous and raucous. I’ve been wondering how to feel about my performance, and putting off this report for some time, but now I clearly recall feeling that I was never going to forget the spectator experience. Writing this brings it all back, and it was amazing.

In closing, my word of advice to you is DO NOT GO OUT FAST! This is one race that will slap you down like a freckle-faced stepchild for taking it anything less than fully seriously, but you’ll enjoy the experience more if you go out without expectations. Of course, this is coming from a middle-aged latter-day runner, your fitness level may be off the charts compared to mine.

If you get the opportunity, go for it!

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