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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50 Miler Needville, TX Dec 10, 2016 14:20:00
50K New Gloucester, ME May 29, 2016 6:53:00
Marathon Hartford, CT Oct 10, 2015 3:18:00

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Past Races (14)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Mar 24, 2019 5:35:00
50K Canton, MS Oct 27, 2018 8:39:00
Marathon Forest City, PA Oct 7, 2018 3:29:53
Marathon Nashua, NH May 20, 2018 4:22:47
50K Brownstown, IN Dec 2, 2017 11:06:00
Marathon Burlington, VT May 28, 2017 3:44:00
Marathon Apache Junction, AZ Feb 19, 2017 4:38:00
50 Miler Needville, TX Dec 10, 2016 14:20:00
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 6, 2016 4:03:00
Marathon Lowell, MA Oct 16, 2016 3:34:00
50K New Gloucester, ME May 29, 2016 6:53:00
Marathon Providence, RI May 1, 2016 3:20:00
Marathon Hartford, CT Oct 10, 2015 3:18:00
Marathon Portland, ME Oct 5, 2014 3:38:00

My Raves

Los Angeles Marathon (LA Marathon)

Los Angeles Marathon (LA Marathon)

This was an exceptional race in so many ways. The organization was first rate. I received a good amount of emails ahead of time (not too many, not too few). … MORE

This was an exceptional race in so many ways. The organization was first rate. I received a good amount of emails ahead of time (not too many, not too few). I felt prepared for all the logistics I needed. Race pickup was a piece of cake. No line, got my bib in less than 1 minute. The expo was good sized with lots to look at. The race itself was first rate. Dodger Stadium is a great place to start. Runners have access to the stadium so you can use the bathroom, stretch, etc. It wasn’t windy or rainy that day, but it would have been a nice reprieve from the elements if needed. Having Randy Newman’s “I Love LA!” blaring on the speakers was a great way to get me amped up to run. The start is a little congested at first, even with the wave start, but not too bad. I was running my pace within about 1/3 of a mile. There is a steep downhill to get out of the stadium parking lot, and a steep uphill around mile 4, but for the most part, the course is not hilly. Definitely more downs than ups. Perhaps one of the best parts of the race is the course itself. You see so many LA highlights. The race runs through Chinatown, Thai Town, Little Armenia, and you see tons of various Latino influences, and some Korean and Japanese influences as well. I loved that diverse aspect of the race. You run by some of the iconic images as well, City Hall, Disney Concert Hall, Echo Park, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood, Pantages Theater, Beverly Hills (including Rodeo Drive), with the icing on the cake being the finish at the beach. Once you finish, you continue along Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica and get your medal (I have 14 marathon medals so far and this one is by far the coolest!), space blanket, and lots of fuel. I had a couple bananas, some chocolate milk and passed on a lot of other food as well. Tons of good options to replenish. Most of the fans are waiting a few blocks after the finish. That is probably the only thing I would change about the race. There weren’t very many fans the last mile of the race since they were almost all gathered after the finish line. My family that met me there said that is where police were asking them to stay. The police also shut down cell service so make sure you have a location planned out ahead of time to meet your supporters. This is my second big race (I’ve done NYC) and 12 other mid to small races. This one ranks at the top for being first rate all the way around. If you want an authentic Los Angeles experience, the LA Marathon is an excellent pick.

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Way’s Bluff 50K

Way’s Bluff 50K

This race has so many positives. First, the race is run by a most talented race director. Helen sent enough emails ahead of the race that I felt prepared, but … MORE

This race has so many positives. First, the race is run by a most talented race director. Helen sent enough emails ahead of the race that I felt prepared, but not so many that it was too much. I can tell she genuinely cared about the racers because she knew who I was before I even introduced myself.

The course is a gorgeous run through Mississippi forest. It is four 8 mile loops. About 7.5 of the miles are on trails or grass with about 1/2 mile on pavement. The course is challenging but fair. There are some hills but I wouldn’t call it hilly, The challenging part is there are very few flat stretches and sometimes the grass sections can be draining on energy. The course itself is beautiful. It’s mostly through forest with some meadows as well. The forest stretches have variation too. Some stretches are mostly pine trees, where other stretches have palmettos. The 8 mile loops were long enough that they never felt monotonous. The course was incredibly well marked and at no point was I confused on where to turn. There was an aid station at 4.3 miles and then one at the start/finish. That was enough. The only suggestion I have for improvement on the course would be a mile marker half way before the aid station and after. Maybe a mile 2 and mile 6 marker to help gauge your pace.

The weather for our race was perfect, 70 and sunny. I heard late October is a great time for a race there.

The SWAG was about what you expect. The race shirt was a regular t-shirt (not a tech running shirt) which I liked. I wish the shirt would have mentioned that the race was in Mississippi though.

The lodging next to the race is solid. It’s a no frills, everything you need and nothing you don’t. It’s dirt cheap, $50/night for two beds. I stayed two nights with a friend so I was only out $50. The rooms are right next to the start/finish line which was super convenient. Plus, there were two dinners and a breakfast served so you really don’t need to go anywhere from the time you arrive Friday night to when you leave Sunday morning.

The best part of the race was the community of runners. Many seemed like they knew each other. I was a newbie and everyone made me feel like I was part of the group, not an outsider. After the race, many of us gathered around to watch football, play corn hole, and eat dinner together. There was so much laughing, eating, and drinking after the race.

This is one of the most enjoyable, well-run races I have ever been a part of. I highly recommend this for those looking for an authentic Mississippi experience, in a small, homey feeling race. While one could just do the race and enjoy it, if possible, the experience will be greatly enhanced if you can make a weekend out of it, stay Friday and Saturday nights on site, and really get to know the wonderful community that supports this run.

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Steamtown Marathon

Steamtown Marathon

There is so much to love about Steamtown. Here are the highlights: the course is ripe for a PR. The first half has a lot of downhill which affords the … MORE

There is so much to love about Steamtown. Here are the highlights: the course is ripe for a PR. The first half has a lot of downhill which affords the opportunity to bank a lot of energy or time. It is scenic with many trees, including miles of serene stretches where you’re on paved trail next to a river. The crowd support is solid for such a rural area. Each town had sections of loud support which boosts the spirits. There were plenty of aid stations with water and Gatorade. The second half has some hills, including some rough ones in the last 5K so make sure you have some time to spare. The post race was solid. When I walked into the tent for refreshments, every volunteer stopped what they were doing and gave me a standing ovation (they did that for every runner). VERY COOL! The food spread was the best I have seen. I am disappointed I had no appetite to enjoy any of it. That night is a party for the runners with food, drinks, and live music. I brought my mom, wife, and daughter and everyone had fun (though the music was really loud; my daughter asked to leave early because it was hurting her ears). The logistics of the entire race went so smoothly. I got regular email updates that were humorous and the right frequency. The bus pickup to go to the start line was a piece of cake, the high school volunteers at the start were amazing and kept us organized, I can’t say enough about this race. I didn’t achieve my goal that day, but it had nothing to do with anything race related. This is a first rate marathon, one of the best I have done!

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Gate City Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay

Gate City Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay

I ran this race in 2018. Here's the good: This course is about as flat as a New England course gets. A PB or a BQ is possible here. There … MORE

I ran this race in 2018. Here’s the good: This course is about as flat as a New England course gets. A PB or a BQ is possible here. There are a tremendous number of volunteers. Many of them are directing traffic and they were everywhere. Super helpful! The course is five loops that start and end at the finish line so spectators could see you six times without having to move. Loop four has four blissful miles on trails through a forest with water on both sides. It is hands down the best stretch on the course. We repeated other loops, but not that one. I wish we could have done more miles on that trail. The small town race had nice perks like picking up my bib with no wait at all on race morning. I used a port-a-potty 30 minutes before the start and had no line. Within five seconds of crossing the finish line I had a medal on me, a bottle of water in my hand, and a wet towel around my neck. It was hot and humid that day so that is exactly what I needed. The swag bag is great and I’ll use it for gym workouts. The police support was amazing. They did a great job of directing traffic and seemed genuinely supportive of the runners. 7am start time is solid because in late May the sun rises so early so you want to be off the course before it really starts cooking. Lots of positives in this race.

Areas for growth: there were some pretty bland stretches of this race. Some of it is running through old industrial parts of town with one particular stretch of running through a large parking lot (luckily it’s followed by the best 4 mile stretch). Loops 1 and 3 are the same and 2 and 5 share a large stretch so it can get a little monotonous. The race provides you splits of the loops but since they are all different distances, you can’t really discern splits very well. I would have appreciated more traditional splits like 10K, halfway, 30K etc. The swag bag itself is solid, but not much else to speak of. We got a cotton t-shirt which is actually unique these days, but I prefer a tech shirt. The rest was coupons. Because it’s smaller there is pretty sparse crowd support. This isn’t an ideal travel race because there aren’t really hotels to speak of in downtown Nashua. It’s an easy 45 minute jaunt from Boston though (where I’m from).

The positives are many and the areas of improvement are minor in nature. I really enjoyed myself at Gate City!

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Jackson County 50/50 Ultramarathon Trail Run

Jackson County 50/50 Ultramarathon Trail Run

The good: the race is quite well organized. I received a reasonable amount of messages from the race director, the course was well marked, the aid stations well stocked, one … MORE

The good: the race is quite well organized. I received a reasonable amount of messages from the race director, the course was well marked, the aid stations well stocked, one of the best organized races I have been a part of. The scenery is great. The entire run is in a forest away from cars, completely in the trees the entire time. There are multiple scenic lakes to run by as well. Because it’s December, there aren’t leaves on the trees so you can see for miles when on top of hills. As far as value, this race is a tremendous value. The race, two nights lodging, dinner the night before the race and after, as well as breakfast after was only $140. I got WAY more than $140 worth. Getting a beanie was nice, especially for a December race.

All runners should note this course is quite hilly. I thought Indiana would be flat, but this course has legitimate hills that require walking. Also, if you stay in the lodging provided, it is a super convenient location. You will be sleeping about one minute from the start line. You do need to bring a pillow, sheets, blankets, and a towel though. Not a big deal if you drive to the race, but for people like me who flew to the race, it can be somewhat inconvenient.
The only aspect I would change, and it’s minor, was the race shirt was from two years ago. It’s a cool shirt and I plan on wearing it. I wish it would have had the date from the year I actually ran the race. It’s minor though as I was quite pleased with the entire experience.

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5
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4

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Vermont City Marathon & Relay

Vermont City Marathon & Relay

There were a lot of great aspects to this race. The town of Burlington is awesome. They take such pride in the race. The way the course is designed (lots … MORE

There were a lot of great aspects to this race. The town of Burlington is awesome. They take such pride in the race. The way the course is designed (lots of various out and backs) means it’s easy for fans to see a runner multiple times. Plus it feels like the crowd support is huge because of it. The race strikes that amazing balance of large crowd support with the small town feel. The course is moderately flat by New England standards. It has some hills, nothing too steep, but a few that were long, steady inclines. It’s a fair course to chase a PR in the Northeast. The race is quite organized. It was easy to find my family afterwards. The food and drinks were what you expect from a race. The tech shirt is great. I am quite picky when it comes to keeping them (I hardly ever do), but I am keeping this one. The start/finish line is in a beautiful area, in a park on the lake. I absolutely loved the last 4 miles of the race. It’s on a flat, mostly shaded, bike path that has woods on the left and views of the lake on the right. If you are chasing a PR, those last miles will help you get there. This is my 9th marathon and only the second one I enjoyed so much I would consider running again.

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Lost Dutchman Marathon

Lost Dutchman Marathon

I completed the marathon in 2017. Here are what I consider to be the strengths: Packet pickup was easy and staffed by many friendly, helpful people. The race shirt is … MORE

I completed the marathon in 2017. Here are what I consider to be the strengths: Packet pickup was easy and staffed by many friendly, helpful people. The race shirt is solid. I will actually use it instead of donate it. The volunteers were amazing. The 2017 race was in rain the ENTIRE time but the volunteers were still out in force cheering and keeping us hydrated. The aid stations were great. They were frequent enough that I never got thirsty. There were also a good amount of food at some of them. I had bananas on multiple occasions. One station had oranges. Another station had bacon and donuts (AMAZING!). I brought nutrition for my run, but could have done it entirely with what the race provides. The first 6ish miles are gorgeous. You run on a trail through the desert. It’s mostly downhill so harness that race energy so you don’t trash your quads early in the race. The course is well marked with large mile signs at every mile. The busses to the start and from the finish back to your car is easy. I walked right on a bus each time and waited a few minutes at the most. I also appreciated that we don’t meet up with the other races until much later so crowding was never an issue.
The less than awesome parts: 2017 was run entirely in the rain. This is obviously not the fault of the race in any way. It was a bummer to miss the bonfire and star gazing at the start of the race. I would have loved to watch a sunrise over the mountains. The views could have been amazing but the low clouds and rain prevented all of that from happening. While I loved the first 6 miles of the race, many of the last 20 were a little bland. Some of it is running through suburban neighborhoods. There were also stretches of running along a highway with traffic close to you.

Overall the positives absolutely outweighed the negatives. I was looking for an authentic Arizona running experience and I got it. If you are like me and want to run a marathon in every state, the Lost Dutchman is a solid choice for the Grand Canyon state.

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Brazos Bend 100

Brazos Bend 100

Here is what I consider positives about the race: the course was very flat, almost as flat as possible. The scenery is interesting. I've lived in MA, CO, and CA … MORE

Here is what I consider positives about the race: the course was very flat, almost as flat as possible. The scenery is interesting. I’ve lived in MA, CO, and CA and this was NOTHING like running in those places. Running along swamps with alligators and wild boars is very unique. The three laps of 16.7 miles is easy to digest and helps you navigate how much more you have left to run. The course is really well marked. You would have to be pretty clueless to get lost.
What could be improved: I would have appreciated mile markers. My GPS didn’t make it through the entire run so the last lap I didn’t know how far we had left. At the very least, mile markers at the aid stations would have helped. The first two aid stations were a bit far apart (4-5 miles). It wasn’t a big deal on the first lap when you don’t need them, but subsequent laps it felt far. The flat course I think was actually harder for me. Others might prefer it, but I was using the same muscles over and over and found myself wanting a hill once in a while.
All in all, a quality race. I am glad I did it.

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New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon

This should be on any distance runner's bucket list! I absolutely loved the race. Here are my thoughts on non-race logistics: I took the marathon sponsored bus to the start … MORE

This should be on any distance runner’s bucket list! I absolutely loved the race. Here are my thoughts on non-race logistics: I took the marathon sponsored bus to the start line. It left from Midtown at 5:30am. I got on a bus around 5:25 and my ride took 30 minutes. I met someone who got on a bus at 5:35 and her ride took 90 minutes. Given how it felt cold that morning, the longer bus ride would have been preferable. The only drawback I found to the race was how early I was dropped off. I had over four hours from when I arrived, to my start. I strongly recommend bringing warm clothes so you don’t waste energy shivering. The starting process is organized and we managed to start on time. The beginning of the race has Sinatra singing “New York New York” which really got me amped up to run.

As for the actual race, the start is surreal. The Verrazano Bridge is beautiful with great skyline views on one side and ocean views on the other. The two mile bridge is an epic start to the race. Once you’re off the bridge, the fans are there and they are loud! It is so uplifting to see so many happy people out cheering. The next 9 miles or so are in Brooklyn. This stretch is pretty flat. You go through so many different neighborhoods and really get a feel for why people love Brooklyn. There is a stretch where you turn off the wide main road and onto a smaller street. It creates a logjam for runners, but feels much more intimate with the crowds. It was one of my favorite parts. Around the half way point you cross a long bridge into Queens. The Queens stretch is just a few miles, but the residents make their presence known. They are loud and proud. You exit Queens on the Queensboro Bridge which was probably my least favorite part of the run. You’re on the lower deck so you can’t see very much and there are no fans. Once you get off the bridge in Manhattan you go right back to a boisterous crowd. The first Manhattan stretch is straightforward, right up 1st Ave. The crowds are amazing, probably the loudest stretch of the entire race. Then you take a relatively steep bridge (that I walked) into the Bronx. You’re just in the Bronx for 2 miles, but there are some great stretches of crowd support. You cross one more bridge back into Manhattan where there is excellent crowd support as you work your way south. The last four miles are in Central Park which is an amazing end to the race.

As far as the race course, I consider the first half flat and fast. The only real hill is mile 1 on the Verrazano and a smaller bridge going to Queens. The second half is much more difficult. The Queensboro Bridge is long, plus the other bridges seems more difficult because my legs were getting tired. Central Park actually has lots of rolling hills which I wasn’t expecting. By that time though you’re on such an adrenaline high it doesn’t matter. I was given advice to hold back on the first half because you need it for the second half. That was sound advice.

Post race is a very slow process. You get your medal almost immediately, then keep walking. You get a goody bag next. That was the best SWAG bag I’ve ever had. There was water, Gatorade, chocolate milk, an apple, protein bar (that’s just what I consumed, but there was more). Even the bag itself is great and worth keeping. You keep walking further for a foil wrap. Then you are split into a poncho group and a bag-check group (you have to pick one ahead of time). I chose the poncho. I am glad I did. They are amazing. They are fleece-lined and did a great job of keeping me warm. I donated all my warm clothes at the start so I didn’t need to do a bag check. After the poncho you work your way through the family meet-up spot which is organized by letters. Letters like X and O didn’t have any families so if you want to have your family meet you there, it would be easy to spot them. All told it took an hour from when I crossed the finish line to when I exited the race area. At the time all I wanted to do was sit down, but the walking is actually quite good for you and I felt good the next day in large part because of it.

This race exceeded every one of my high expectations. The crowd support, the volunteers, the organized race from start to finish are all second to none. I can’t say enough about how spectacular the New York City Marathon is. One of the best experiences of my life!

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Baystate Marathon & Half Marathon

Baystate Marathon & Half Marathon

I ran this race with the sole purpose of qualifying for Boston. It is the flattest course I have run in New England. There are a few small hills, but … MORE

I ran this race with the sole purpose of qualifying for Boston. It is the flattest course I have run in New England. There are a few small hills, but flat overall. The aid stations were frequent enough and staffed with friendly people. The course largely runs along a river which in October makes for some nice scenery. I loved that they gave out PR and BQ key chains after the race for those that earned them. There was also good tracking devices for family to follow you, as well as a cool printout of your splits after the race. The post race refreshments were solid. Areas I felt were suboptimal were the stretches of road where there was just a small space reserved for runners. Many miles were spent running on the shoulder of a 2 lane road. I didn’t like being that close to moving cars. At the end of the race a sports drink would have been great. The water was nice, but I would have loved some Gatorade too. The race attracts some intense people. I saw a woman collapse multiple times on the course, another woman with grossly swollen feet going to the hospital, and other more gross things I won’t repeat here. Lowell itself is a nice little town, but not one I would travel to from far away (I live in Boston, 40 miles away). If you’re looking for a small race on a flat course to get your PR or BQ, this is a solid pick. I wouldn’t let your expectations exceed that.

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GiddyUp Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms

GiddyUp Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms

This was my first ultra. What a fun race. This whole weekend was a blast. There are so many different races one can do. You can run with your little … MORE

This was my first ultra. What a fun race. This whole weekend was a blast. There are so many different races one can do. You can run with your little kids, your dog, shorter runs, or longer runs. I did the 50K and thoroughly enjoyed it. Part of the run is in the forest and the other part is through a farm. The changing scenery is nice since you’re running for so long. The forest part gives you a nice break from the sun. The race director is friendly and accessible. Four of us wanted to start the 50K race at the same time as the 50M (the 50K start time was 2 hours later). Even though it was not convenient for the director, he happily accommodated us. The aid stations are great. I brought a lot of food, but didn’t need it. You can stay fueled entirely on what is at the aid stations. The course itself is constant hills. When I say constant, I mean it literally. There is barely any flat ground on the course. That being said, none of the hills are particularly steep so the varied terrain ensures different muscle groups are worked. We walked all the up hills and ran the rest.

The post race festivities were fun. It’s in a grassy area with lots of tables and benches. The food is great, there is music, and a great time all around. This is a great event to bring the entire family to. I thoroughly enjoyed my run here!

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Providence Marathon

Providence Marathon

I had a good experience in Providence. The course is relatively flat, though there are a few noticeable hills, one in particular late in the race that felt like Everest … MORE

I had a good experience in Providence. The course is relatively flat, though there are a few noticeable hills, one in particular late in the race that felt like Everest on my tired legs. The scenery had some nice stretches to it, running through a great New England neighborhood, running briefly along the ocean, running on running trails away from traffic etc. There were also some not-so-great scenery too, but definitely more good than bad. I like the nautical medal and the tech-T is solid. I usually donate them, but I kept this one; it’s stylish and high quality. The location is awesome, right in downtown Providence. I took the train from Boston, stayed in a nice hotel right by the start/finish line and made a nice weekend out of it. It also has a half and kids run so my whole family got to participate. It’s a smaller race in a smaller town. We enjoyed our weekend getaway, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re traveling from far away. Overall I was pleased with my experience.

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Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon

Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon

I have completed 6 different marathons and this is my PR. Here is what I liked about the race: it is relatively flat for New England. There are still some … MORE

I have completed 6 different marathons and this is my PR. Here is what I liked about the race: it is relatively flat for New England. There are still some hills, but they are manageable. The start and end are in a nice park in downtown Hartford. This made logistics easy as we got a hotel downtown and had an easy walk to and from the race (both for runners and family). The course has a long out and back stretch which allows you to watch the really fast runners on your way out, then cheer on the slower runners on your way back. The end of the race is quite awesome. You run under an iconic arch (the arch is also what the medal looks like) with lots of screaming fans and pretty flowers lining the streets (didn’t notice them as a runner, but they look nice in the pictures).

The parts that are not as exciting: the course is nothing special. Some of it is through some sparsely populated suburbs which is pleasant enough, but nothing to write home about. I like races where I get a feel for the region from my run, but this race could be anywhere, as there wasn’t much distinctly Connecticut or New England about it. Downtown Hartford itself is a bit of a ghost town on the weekend. It was vibrant on race day and so quiet the next day.

Overall I am glad I ran the race. I traveled from Boston so it wasn’t too far for me. I wouldn’t travel across the country for this race, but as a short weekend getaway, it certainly fit the bill.

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Maine Marathon & Half Marathon

Maine Marathon & Half Marathon

This was my first ever marathon. There were a lot of positives about this race. First, Portland is amazing! I love that town. Stay in the Old Port neighborhood and … MORE

This was my first ever marathon. There were a lot of positives about this race. First, Portland is amazing! I love that town. Stay in the Old Port neighborhood and you have tons of hotels, restaurants, and shops at your fingertips. The race is within walking distance of there. The course is scenic. You start on a flat stretch by the bay. Then you spend a lot of time in the woods (on pavement) with occasional ocean views. The medal is a giant moose which is cool. I felt like I got a good sense of Maine from my run.

The not so great: the course doesn’t really go through the city parts of Portland. I would have liked more of that. The start and finish line are in a bland spot. It’s close to the bay so the views are nice, but it’s just a bunch of asphalt. Many other races finish next to some green space so you can sit down and refuel/relax. Not the case here. I would not recommend trying to PR here as it’s pretty hilly. There are no monster hills, but they are noticeable and relentless, especially on tired legs in the second half of the race.

This is a race worth traveling a reasonable distance (I came from Boston). Portland is a great place with lots to do. The course has a lot of beauty and gives a good Maine experience. I have now completed six marathons and this race compares favorably.

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