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creativeaim87 REPEAT RUNNER '19

Grand Forks Marathon is easily in the ranks of my top five favorite Full Marathons ever! Finding lodging is a breeze and I took a shuttle to the race area, … MORE

Grand Forks Marathon is easily in the ranks of my top five favorite Full Marathons ever! Finding lodging is a breeze and I took a shuttle to the race area, which saved any parking hassles. The expo itself had some treats there and it was fast process to get in & out (on Friday afternoon). I stayed warm before the race in the Camp Hog big white tent, which was heated. In past years, I have hung out in the ICON building before the race which was also a great place to stay warm.

I collect the Fitsoks that Grand Forks Marathon has each year – very nice quality socks – and the drink glasses are great collectibles too 🙂 I also really like the black marathon shirts this year!

There were no massive lineups for porta potties by Camp Hog. Bag drop was a cinch and then I headed to the line-up area. Pacers were well marked and very personable. We had two pacers (swapped after mile 14) and both of them were fantastic. The aid stations were well laid out, easy to get what you needed gels/water/sports drink and they were frequent enough.

The course is ideal for PRs! There are a few “hills” up and down the dike and maybe a bridge or two but it’s nothing to worry about. It’s mostly flat and fast for those trying to PR and/or BQ. I had an excellent group to run with the entire way. There were enough spectators and nice scenery to keep things interesting throughout the course. The finish line final stretch was lined with people, which was awesome! I love that they didn’t make us wind around the parking lot – it was a turn and then a straight sprint to the finish line!

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cassidymegan3 REPEAT RUNNER '19

This is the 2nd time that I have run this race. I ran it in 2017 and PR'd (PB'd) my marathon by almost 23 minutes. It was the first time … MORE

This is the 2nd time that I have run this race. I ran it in 2017 and PR’d (PB’d) my marathon by almost 23 minutes. It was the first time I broke 4 hours and I had 7 minuted to spare.
My mission this time was to BQ. (My BQ time is 3:35:00 and my personal best so far was 2019 Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA USA at a 3:49:21.
I finished Dublin this year at 3:30:06 (A BQ with 4 minutes, 54 seconds to spare) – and I stopped at one of the water stations to make sure that I filled my bottle with Lucazene (whatever their electrolyte drink is called – it’s good, I just can’t remember the name of it) and I also walked 2 hills. the crowd is excellent. the fellow runners are considerate. They give you full, flip-top squirt bottles of water at every other mile, so you can carry it with you if you wish or (if not) there’s enough weight in it to properly chuck it off-course. End result: you’re not stepping over 22,500 + cups at every station.
I will never ever ever ever ever have anything bad to say about this race. I really wish I lived there (or closer to there, or in a city where direct-flights are frequent and cheap) because this could very well become my annual adventure. I love this race. I love it. I love my shirt (which you get after you get your medal, not at the expo), I love my beanie hat (which we got at packet pick-up). I love it all. Plenty of portapotties. Well-organized bag drop. the volunteers are like no others
The best part of this year was that – when I crossed the finish line, I stopped my watch and threw my arms up in jubilation! 3:30:08 and I lost it. I just started crying. A nice Irish man asked, “are you OK?” and another guy said “ah – those are tears of happiness if I’ve ever seen them, lad!” When I could finally get my breath back enough to say “20 minutes! My personal best by 20 minutes!” both guys gave me a big hug and I got several pats on the back. I’ve cried at the end of a lot of races, but there’s something about Ireland – people are SO NICE.
They’ve changed this to a lottery system next year, but if you can find your way into this race – do it. It’s fantastic. (the half in September is good, too)
The best thing about this race: it will NEVER,(never ever ever ever ever) be “too hot.” I’ve signed up for autumn and winter races up north in the States and you’re never really guaranteed good temps (I think of my friends all doing Chicago in 2017 – it was 85ºF for them, while I enjoyed 38ºF in Dublin.)
P.S. Irish Stew and Mashed Potatoes is good luck the day before your race. it’s worked for me on my last 5 fastest marathons. ☺

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