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@manturuk

Chapel Hill, NC Raving since 2021 Marathon Maniacs #15322 active 4 months ago

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Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 7, 2020 3:47:00

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Past Races (13)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Beulah, WY Sep 12, 2021 3:57:47
Marathon Osage, IA Aug 21, 2021 4:13:00
Marathon Coeur d'Alene, ID May 30, 2021 4:00:10
Marathon Hilton Head Island, SC Jan 16, 2021 4:16:00
# of hrs = your age Manchester, TN Sep 7, 2020
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 7, 2020 3:47:00
50K Arlington, VA Oct 27, 2019
Marathon Cass, WV Oct 6, 2019
Marathon Rachel, NV Aug 18, 2019
Marathon Pittsburgh, PA May 4, 2019
Marathon Greensboro, NC Oct 13, 2018
Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL 2007
Marathon Chicago, IL 2004

My Raves

The course is stunning. The hill at mile 2 is tough but very runnable. I suggest gaiters as there are loose pebbles. Wear a pullover to start as it is … MORE

The course is stunning. The hill at mile 2 is tough but very runnable. I suggest gaiters as there are loose pebbles. Wear a pullover to start as it is cold at the top. Also be aware there are only a couple bathrooms on the course and you have to detour to get to them. The race director was great and the volunteers were so helpful. They tracked every singe runner the whole tune over radio. The ride to the start is fun too because you meet people from all over. The course is on but the road part is in a very wide shoulder and people drive slow because it is a scenic byway. I wouldn’t change a thing about this race.

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This is a small race; in 2021 there were 67 people in the marathon. Everything about it was small and friendly - the packet pickup was run at the local … MORE

This is a small race; in 2021 there were 67 people in the marathon. Everything about it was small and friendly – the packet pickup was run at the local rec center and the finish line had snacks and friendly people from the area asking if you needed water or a suggestion of where to eat lunch (tip – Teluwut Grill really is darn good). I was alone for most of the race although I could usually see someone in the distance way ahead of me.

The race has great midwestern scenery – the sun rising over foggy corn fields was beautiful. It started out cool but it did get warm by the end. My clothes were soaked with sweat, but there isn’t the humidity you get in other places at this time of year. I did not find the running conditions to be bad. The course support was just outstanding! There were aid stations every mile almost – more than planned in the race guide. It looked like some folks just made an aid station at their driveway. One girl gave me a cup of marshmallows at mile 17! Every aid station had water and sports drink, and during the second half most also had snacks of some kind and some iced sponges. Every volunteer was friendly and encouraging.

Also, this is a closed course! How often can you run on a 2-lane country road with no shoulder and not worry about cars at all. That was so much fun for me. I think maybe 2-3 cars ignored the signs and drove on the course, but even then they slowed down and drove on the other side of the road. There were also portaloos at several of the aid stations. Considering there were only 67 of us running the full marathon, it was just amazing how well supported the race was. I drove the course the day before and I’m glad because it is not flat. I would consider it to be very gentle rolling hills from miles 5 – 20; the first and last 5 miles are flat. There is only one hill of note, at mile 6 and 19 (the course is out and back). I found the hill to be very runnable both ways, but I did pass by two people who were walking it on the back half.

I wouldn’t change a thing about this race, and I’m very glad I did it. It is the most rural, quiet, and peaceful road race I have ever run.

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The first half of the marathon course is the most beautiful I've ever seen! The second half (which is the only part the half-marathon runners see) is nice but then … MORE

The first half of the marathon course is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! The second half (which is the only part the half-marathon runners see) is nice but then goes off into a subdivision for a good part of the course. The shirt is absolutely the best race shirt I’ve ever gotten – love it! The aid stations were well-stocked and the volunteers were so wonderful and friendly. There are 3 hills on the full course (one on the half). The first 2 are pretty long but I was fine with the slow incline. The last hill which is on the half-marathon part is in full sun and not as steep but it goes on a long time.

I stayed at the resort and you just walk out the door to be at the start. However, there is plenty of parking so you could stay anywhere in the area and be fine. The weather is perfect here this time of year! Overall, I highly recommend this marathon and am so very glad I got to do it!!

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I expected this to be a really pretty race since it was on an island. However, the vast majority of the course is on inland gravel roads. You run the … MORE

I expected this to be a really pretty race since it was on an island. However, the vast majority of the course is on inland gravel roads. You run the loop twice. There is one sort of scenic part where you run along a boardwalk, and the grounds of the golf resort place are quite pretty. But I found the gravel roads really hard to run on as well as being, well, ugly.

There was one central aid station when I ran it where the course converges from multiple directions. That might have been a covid adjustment? I would not run this course without your own water. I had a support person with a rented golf cart who refilled my water as I ran.

To get to the start, you have to take a ferry. I cannot stress this enough – wear LOTS of warm clothes. It was miserably cold and windy. My hands and feet were painfully numb a good hour before the race even started. That ferry ride was just awful. There is a big tent at the start where you can probably safely leave your winter coats and such.

I would not do this race again, but I met a group there who do it every year and rave about how much they love it. So it seems to appeal to people who want a smaller race with really cold weather.

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This is the flattest marathon in this part of the country; my watch showed 39 feet of elevation in 26.2 miles. I have run it twice and will do it … MORE

This is the flattest marathon in this part of the country; my watch showed 39 feet of elevation in 26.2 miles. I have run it twice and will do it again just for that reason. Run this race when you want a PR or BQ.

The race shirt is not great – heat applied decal on a cheap technical shirt. I didn’t save mine. However, they also give you a finisher tank at the end of the race and that was pretty nice. I still run in mine from 2019. The medals are nice. The expo is dreadful. In 2019 it was in a hotel and it was tiny but fine. In 2020, it was at a Dave & Busters which was super loud. There were no booths or anything. It was clearly an attempt to get runners to buy food and spend money on video games. I hope they go back to a hotel packet pick-up.

The course is not scenic, but it is interesting. You run right down the main drag for a long time so you can look at all the hotels and cheesy boardwalk shops. Myrtle Beach has more pancake houses than anywhere in the country, so much of the route smells like pancakes. The loop through the upscale shopping area usually has crowds with funny signs. There is just one part around mile 19 or 20 that is along a freeway bypass road that is really unattractive. There was plenty of water on the course.

There are many sports where the road slopes down on the sides. Try and stay in the middle or you’ll get some nasty blisters! There is tons are free parking at the race start, so you can stay anywhere in MB and get there just fine. Rates are usually very low this time of year, so it is not an expensive trip to go to this race.

I’ll keep doing this one mostly because the course is just so darn fast!

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