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Established in 1958, the Atlantic City Marathon is the third oldest continuing marathon in the United States. The marathon course is noted for being fast and flat, including eight miles of oceanfront Boardwalk running! Each race weekend, Atlantic City hosts four race distances including the 26.2 mile marathon and 13.1 … MORE
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    GOLFING-RUNNING FIRST-TIMER '23

    Great race but was very windy. It was only my second marathon but i ran a personal best. Only drawback is running on city streets there were many rough spots … MORE

    Great race but was very windy. It was only my second marathon but i ran a personal best. Only drawback is running on city streets there were many rough spots including some pot holes you had to really watch where you were running.

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    bramms24 FIRST-TIMER '23

    The host hotel was Ballys so thats where we stayed. The hotel it’s self is a little old and the casino are was smoky. Our room was pretty nice though. … MORE

    The host hotel was Ballys so thats where we stayed. The hotel it’s self is a little old and the casino are was smoky. Our room was pretty nice though. My wife had done research and found the Balley Tower was supposed to be the best in the hotel. And from hearing from other runners it was. They said their room looked like it was still 1988. Packet pick up was super easy. right in the hotel on the 6th floor. expo was pretty small though. race day was pretty easy as well. starts and finishes right outside Ballys so i was at the start line literally 4 minutes from the time i left my room. The course was pretty nice as well. mile 1 was on the board walk then we ran though the city and neighborhoods for about 6- 7 miles or so. last 4-5 were on the board walk as well. Overall everything to do with the race was enjoyable. Honestly wasn’t impressed with the hotel for the price or the boardwalk area, it’s pretty run down. not 100 percent sure i would do or go to AC again, but if i did i would stay at Caesar’s Palace

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    This is a flat and fast course. Prior reviews said it can be windy and it was. It can come from any direction and change and it did. Shirt is … MORE

    This is a flat and fast course. Prior reviews said it can be windy and it was. It can come from any direction and change and it did. Shirt is nice. We stayed in Cape May and drove up for the race and if the casino scene isn’t for you, I would recommend that. Water support for the last 4 miles was non-existent.

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    MattyIce FIRST-TIMER '23

    I ran the AC marathon as a first timer. Expo was modest and quick which I appreciated. Nice long-sleeve tech shirt. Start was 7 miles through streets / suburbs, 8-16 … MORE

    I ran the AC marathon as a first timer. Expo was modest and quick which I appreciated. Nice long-sleeve tech shirt. Start was 7 miles through streets / suburbs, 8-16 was almost all boardwalk– fantastic. 16-21 were very windy and challenging, long straightaways through streets. Wind in your face for miles. You get it at your back the final boardwalk stretch 22-finish so I think it works out. A huge PR for me so proud, highly recommend this race for New Jersey.

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    runner75 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Great race…well organized, lovely scenery. A few small inclines up some ramps, & saw two people trip on the boardwalk, so keep your eyes open. Great medals, easy to get … MORE

    Great race…well organized, lovely scenery. A few small inclines up some ramps, & saw two people trip on the boardwalk, so keep your eyes open. Great medals, easy to get food & beer after finish. Even went to the stretching tables. Highly recommend!

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    coopgrag FIRST-TIMER '23

    The racecourse is relatively flat but often experiences significant wind due to its location on the Atlantic shore. The first 7 miles around Atlantic City have elevation changes, involving running … MORE

    The racecourse is relatively flat but often experiences significant wind due to its location on the Atlantic shore. The first 7 miles around Atlantic City have elevation changes, involving running up and down on/off ramps. The rest of the course is flat and mostly follows an out-and-back route along the ocean, with a dry boardwalk that I found comfortable to run on.
    Finding registration inside the hotel/casino where the race is hosted can be challenging. Casinos are typically easy to locate, but other services may not be as readily visible.
    Staying at one of the casino hotels near the start is convenient, but accommodations further from the start may be more affordable. However, the area 1/2 mile from the start line may appear a bit run down if you’re not staying at one of the casino hotels. I appreciated the high visibility of security personnel at my hotel.
    Travel to Atlantic City from Philadelphia (PHL) is a relatively easy one-hour drive and this race is a good choice for runners looking to complete a race in New Jersey, given the few races available, especially for those pursuing a goal of running a race in all 50 states.

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    grimesdee FIRST-TIMER '22

    Expo is very basic. Picked up a nice thin tank top. Race gave a 3/4 zip pull over. The starts by going down the boardwalk and onto some highway areas. … MORE

    Expo is very basic. Picked up a nice thin tank top. Race gave a 3/4
    zip pull over. The starts by going down the boardwalk and onto some
    highway areas. Drivers were very unhappy with the road closures. I was
    not expecting the steep highway ramps. Then we went back onto the
    board walk until around mile 12. Onto some streets and turned around
    around mile 16. The wind was brutal from 16-18. Through the
    neighborhood we got some breaks from the wind. Then we turned back
    into at mile 21. Around 23 you are back on the boardwalk. It was 20+
    MPH winds straight into the finish. My watch and many others measured
    26.50+ miles. I was happy with my performance in the conditions. The
    rain really came in after I finished and made the after party much
    less enjoyable because we were all cramming into a crowded restaurant.
    They shut down the free beer option early and the back of the pack was
    not happy.

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    Simple swag with medium sized expo…. Late start both days. The course started on the boardwalk, went onto expressway with ramps, back to boardwalk, then onto highway for two long … MORE

    Simple swag with medium sized expo…. Late start both days.
    The course started on the boardwalk, went onto expressway with ramps, back to boardwalk, then onto highway for two long out and backs and finally back to boardwalk to finish. It was windy and then became rainy in 2022.
    Plenty of course support of water, Gatorade and gels spaced every two-ish miles.
    One free beer at the finish and nice solid medal!

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    mlrjwetzel FIRST-TIMER '22

    The ocean views on the course were amazing! It was an absolute perfect day for a half marathon and I enjoyed finishing the course on the Boardwalk, it made for … MORE

    The ocean views on the course were amazing! It was an absolute perfect day for a half marathon and I enjoyed finishing the course on the Boardwalk, it made for an easy end to a long race!

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    GOLFING-RUNNING FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great race very well organized. Flat fast but very windy yesterday. Only concern was some of the streets were in bad shape in the neighborhoods. Had to keep yours eyes … MORE

    Great race very well organized. Flat fast but very windy yesterday. Only concern was some of the streets were in bad shape in the neighborhoods. Had to keep yours eyes out for pot holes for sure. Small expo

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    TatumBurke FIRST-TIMER '22

    Life’s a JOURNEY, make the most of it! Upon waking up over and over the night before the race from freezing in the car, I kept telling myself tomorrow morning … MORE

    Life’s a JOURNEY, make the most of it!
    Upon waking up over and over the night before the race from freezing in the car, I kept telling myself tomorrow morning you run right by the beach! Little did I know… oh what a run through that weather!
    That’s life… sometimes it’s not what you expect and you have to make the most of it! The first few miles were windy, but the last 10 miles were wicked rain and horrible gusts of wind, it was tough trying to get footing on a wet boardwalk with wind blowing you away! The last 3 miles straight down the boardwalk was unreal and I kept envisioning walking and laughing down that boardwalk with our kids eating ice cream like we did 2 summers ago in Atlantic City. When I crossed the line shivers immediately set in it as it was wet, windy, and so cold. Life is all about perspective, as I have never been to the beach and been so cold, but was happy to have the experience and battle through! The zip up shirt we received is my favorite as I love the baby blue and the medal is outstanding… we definitely didn’t have baby blue skies but I am grateful for the adventure as the best marathons are the ones with the stories behind them! ❤️ Epic battle! Nice medal as well!

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    kayfuslee FIRST-TIMER '22

    Pros: By virtue of being 3rd oldest continuous marathon in the country it's worth it if not coming too far away. Con or pro I'm not sure, but a lot … MORE

    Pros: By virtue of being 3rd oldest continuous marathon in the country it’s worth it if not coming too far away. Con or pro I’m not sure, but a lot of boardwalk running. Around 4 1/2 mi in the beginning and the last 3. Running on that is different and does take some getting used to. Overall not in bad shape considering the enormity of this boardwalk. Not totally but relatively flat. All the on course drinks and volunteers where great as I’ve found to be the case at every marathon I’ve ran. And of course plenty of places to stay overnight and stumble to the start line. You’ll pay a pretty penny but at least it’s conveniently available if you want that.

    Cons: First time at this marathon, not sure if it’s always this windy in October in AC. But the wind was relentless after the turn at mi 16 and heading North. It totally zapped me of my energy reserves. 7 of the last 10 miles was a strong headwind and the last 4 was complete headwind. At this race pay close attention to hourly wind reports and plan your race accordingly and with respect. I checked the day before and thought I was going to have a tailwind coming home and was giddy. Wasn’t the case. They could have done a better job explaining where exactly the packet pick up was. I was one of many I met that day totally confused how to easily find it. The after race snacks were good and of the normal variety, but usually there’s bottles of sports drinks/shakes or similar. Here there was only the Gatorade cups as found on the course and bottles of water. No fault of the race, but with all that board walk running you’d think there would be great views of the ocean. But as I recall, most of that is blocked by high sand berms for protection obviously. It’s been a few years but I think the NJ Marathon up the coast offered a more scenic experience.

    Overall not too bad, weather notwithstanding. I think when not running on or near the boardwalk it wasn’t any different in feel than any other run of the mill marathon. I’d say it’s a slightly unique marathon and should be considered on that alone if that’s what you’re looking for.

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    mlrjwetzel FIRST-TIMER '22

    It was a well run race and easy to follow directions for the 5k. Parking was pretty easy and medal and shirts are fantastic quality! Smooth sailing for registration process … MORE

    It was a well run race and easy to follow directions for the 5k. Parking was pretty easy and medal and shirts are fantastic quality! Smooth sailing for registration process as well.

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    M_Sohaskey FIRST-TIMER '21

    BOTTOM LINE: Life is all about setting and managing expectations, and the Atlantic City Marathon is no exception. If you toe the start line alongside Bally’s Hotel & Casino expecting to … MORE

    BOTTOM LINE: Life is all about setting and managing expectations, and the Atlantic City Marathon is no exception. If you toe the start line alongside Bally’s Hotel & Casino expecting to run the next World Marathon Major, then you’re likely to be disappointed. But if instead you temper any preconceived notions and open your mind to the beach Boardwalk and quaint seaside neighborhoods, you may just find yourself singing the praises of the nation’s third-oldest marathon. Even if you’re a casinophobe like me.

    Atlantic City tends to get a bad rap as a seaside tourist trap with a fading patina of relevance, but for one sunny offseason day in October the town provided an enjoyable and uncharacteristically healthy diversion for its visitors. I appreciated the diversity of the scenery, from urban roads and neighborhoods to seaside stretches along the bay to 8+ miles on the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk. (I should mention that despite the occasional board yielding slightly underfoot, running on the Boardwalk was an agreeable experience, and neither fellow runner @slowjuan nor I encountered any rogue loose boards—a not-uncommon complaint among Atlantic City reviewers). Fans of Monopoly will likewise enjoy seeing many of the real-life streets and properties that inspired the most popular board game of all time. And depending on which way (and how hard) the wind blows on race day, Atlantic City acquits itself well as a fall Boston Qualifier thanks to its scant 45 ft of total ascent. If you like your marathons flat, this is about as flat as it gets.

    Preferring to avoid the Boardwalk casino scene as much as possible, we opted to stay in an Airbnb in nearby Absecon, a 15-minute drive from the start line. This decision—together with the organizers’ one-time decision to hold packet pickup outdoors (as opposed to inside the Bally’s Hotel & Casino)—enabled me to avoid setting foot in a single casino during our stay in Atlantic City.

    So if you’re a traveling runner searching for an East Coast fall marathon or a 50 Stater looking for an above-average New Jersey option, I’d recommend you roll the dice on Atlantic City 🎲. After all, any town that votes to blow up a Trump property must be doing something right.

    PRODUCTION: Production-wise, the Atlantic City Marathon operated like a race that’s been around for 63 years—because it has. Race day featured an abundance of aid stations staffed by friendly volunteers, oversized mile marker flags (many with digital displays showing elapsed time) for most if not all miles, and enough orange road cones to make the most dedicated traffic safety officer jealous. What’s more, despite dropping the ball by not blasting New Jersey icon Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” as our start line sendoff, the announcers did a nice job of keeping the energy high at the finish line by calling out names, congratulating incoming runners, and recognizing 50 Staters who were completing their epic quest in Atlantic City.

    On the flip side, as with most races that offer runner tracking, the service worked sporadically at best and proved reliably unreliable. And whereas the post-race email promised “FREE official event photos will be email[ed] and posted on social media on or before Friday,” in the end no photos were emailed, and the official photos from MarathonFoto were decidedly not free. Not that I need more pictures of myself “running” with both feet on the ground, but the bait and switch annoyed me more than the lack of free photos.

    SWAG: I can happily report that for bling connoisseurs and apparel aficionados alike, the swag was a highlight of the Atlantic City Marathon experience. The finisher medal, which doubles as a bottle opener, is among my favorites (see photo). Not only does it depict the state’s tallest lighthouse, the Absecon Lighthouse situated at the northern edge of the city just off the marathon course, but the lighthouse lamp—the real-world counterpart of which was extinguished in 1933—blinks with the help of a small battery. Literally and figuratively, a brilliant touch. Similarly, thanks to LA’s mild winters I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of the attractive, lightweight half-zip emblazoned with a colorfully styled print of the Absecon Lighthouse and seagull flyby on the back. Both are thoughtfully designed pieces of race day memorabilia that reflect well on Atlantic City’s hometown race.

    For all the play-by-play and color commentary, check out my race report at https://bit.ly/3YDxfeo.

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    mikebeckwith Feb 09, 2023 at 9:00am

    Great recap, Mike. And wow, only 45' across the full thing? That's super flat.

    Great recap, Mike. And wow, only 45' across the full thing? That's super flat.

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 09, 2023 at 6:29pm

    Thanks Mike! And yeah, as flat as a Monopoly board, with almost all of that 45' in the first 7 miles. Once you get to the boardwalk and Margate neighborhood,… MORE

    Thanks Mike! And yeah, as flat as a Monopoly board, with almost all of that 45' in the first 7 miles. Once you get to the boardwalk and Margate neighborhood, it's 19 miles of flat, sea-level running! LESS

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    mikebeckwith Feb 10, 2023 at 9:52am

    Haha! Guess there was a hotel you had to run over on Baltic Ave. 😂

    Haha! Guess there was a hotel you had to run over on Baltic Ave. 😂

    brianrocknj FIRST-TIMER '21

    The Atlantic City Marathon is a well organized, medium sized race on a fast course. The course is mostly flat, although there are a couple minor hills when you run … MORE

    The Atlantic City Marathon is a well organized, medium sized race on a fast course.

    The course is mostly flat, although there are a couple minor hills when you run along the closed down highway. Most of the course goes along the boardwalk.

    The volunteers were great, and there were plenty of aid stations. They were well stocked with water and gatorade, and multiple aid stations offered gels. The athletes guide made it clear what to expect, and race day didn’t disappoint.

    One of the only things that bugged me a little was the start. There was one corral that was packed, and all of the pacers were at the front. As a result, a whole lot of people who weren’t going to run fast times were trying to push towards the front. I spent the first few minutes weaving through people, but the crowd thinned out after a half mile or so.

    There are plenty of hotels to choose from that are convenient to the race start. No need to drive the morning of the race, and you can roll out of bed and be at the start line in minutes. The finish line is in the same area, so you don’t have to worry about traveling after the race either.

    The course is made up of two out and back legs. The first goes out to the marina and back, and the second goes out to the end of the Boardwalk and back. It works in a few minor loops, so you’re not coming back the same exact way that you went out. But the advantage to this is that a spectator can hang out near the start and finish area and see you three times throughout the race – once when it starts, once at around 10 miles, and once when you finish.

    Much of the race is along the boardwalk, so there’s a nice breeze from the ocean. However, October can be an iffy time for weather. It’s hard to say whether it will be beautifully chilly or sunny and warm. You’ll just have to leave it a little bit up to chance.

    There was no expo when I ran due to Covid. Check in was simple, but there was a long line on Saturday night. I would get there earlier if you can, and pick up your stuff Friday night or Saturday morning. The swag included a long sleeve quarter zip and a finisher medal, and there was decent selection of snacks and drinks after the race. You also got a free drink at the bar – and I didn’t let that go to waste.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Atlantic City Marathon. It was my first full marathon, and it didn’t disappoint. I would definitely recommend it.

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    emilydlcgw FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was a great pick for my 50 states list. The race hub was at Bally’s, which is where I stayed and loved this convenience. I could see the start/finish … MORE

    This was a great pick for my 50 states list. The race hub was at Bally’s, which is where I stayed and loved this convenience. I could see the start/finish from my room and simply walk to/from both and packet pick up without worrying about parking. Lots to look at while running – Boardwalk hotels/casinos/mansions/shops/Ferris wheel/tourists/and of course the bay, marina and the beach. We left the Boardwalk to run around the Borgata and hit some highway, tunnel and bridges where there were some inclines and street smells. You do run by the finish around mile 9 which is discouraging since you keep going and don’t turn around to head back to Bally’s for what seems like forever. I agree that the Boardwalk running is different in your feet, and you have to pay attention. Plenty of food at the finish. Great medal, so so technical long sleeve, and finisher towel (although I read some people didn’t get one). Was hoping for more merch at packet pick up but there were slim pickings even though I was there during the first hour. When I left, the line was ridiculous. I did like how their shirts featured all runners names from all 4 races, just wish I could have bought that style in a technical tank or other option. If I could plan it again I’d make time to shop off the Boardwalk and make dinner reservations and time to hit the Borgata. The location of the race is in the older, less updated part of AC so keep your expectations low. FYI there’s no wait at the bar at Rainforest Cafe which you can walk to from Bally’s, and their food is always great!

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    mrhughesnj FIRST-TIMER '21

    1. There aren't many marathons in NJ. The options are primarily this race and the NJ Marathon. I entered AC after NJ was canceled this year again because of COVID. … MORE

    1. There aren’t many marathons in NJ. The options are primarily this race and the NJ Marathon. I entered AC after NJ was canceled this year again because of COVID.
    2. The sub-laminated Quarter Zip was really good and comfortable. I wore it for my 2+ hour drive home and it felt fantastic. The medal, which features a replica of the iconic Atlantic City lighthouse, was cool because it doubled as a bottle opener and blinked to simulate the lighthouse.
    3. The race is predominantly on the boardwalk and if not on the boardwalk, within 3-4 blocks of the boardwalk. It is a super-flat course, but also very windy because of the water.
    4. If you need crowd support, this isn’t your race. Besides the start/finish line, the city was pretty lonely.
    5. Pacers began at the 3:30 finish-time, which was incredibly frustrating. There was a whole pack of Boston-bound runners, but for those 3:10-3:25 finishers like myself, there was nobody and it kind of got depressing when hitting the wall. I could’ve PR’d but with a 3 hour drive home, I was content to run/walk a couple miles at end and call it a fun race.
    6. The race fees were very reasonable, but there weren’t many food options afterward. I got a Banana and Powerade and was told to leave the finish area.
    7. Water stations, however, were aplenty, approximately every 1.5-2 miles on the course, which helped tremendously.
    8. If you need a race to cross NJ off your list, and like to gamble, do this race. Otherwise, go up to Monmouth County and run NJ.

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    SlowJuan FIRST-TIMER '21

    If there was ever an appropriate mantra for a marathon, it would be; “….and your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fireproof.“ If you’re planning to … MORE

    If there was ever an appropriate mantra for a marathon, it would be; “….and your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fireproof.“ If you’re planning to run the Atlantic City Marathon, be prepared to burn up the Boardwalk in all its iconic glory as you go the distance! Not only will you run the entire length of the Boardwalk from Mile 8 to Mile 13, but the final three miles are a back-to-the-boards stretch with the Bally’s Casino Finish Line as a shining, beckoning beacon in the distance.
    The Race Staff does an exemplary job of defining the race course and keeping runners safe from vacationing motorists. Never have I seen as many traffic cones deployed on a race! On several of the long, flat, straight-a-ways, the orange cones actually recede to a vanishing point on the horizon. Pretty sure we were seeing the curvature of the Earth…..
    I would recommend that you not miss seeing “Lucy the Elephant” at Mile 14 (and again at M-21.5), ….. but it’s darn near impossible to miss Lucy; a 6-story, novelty “house” that has been an Atlantic City tourist icon for over a century. It’s definitely an impressive and colorful edifice, although the window situated under Lucy’s tail borders on disturbing.
    The aforementioned Finish is “complicated” by the Sunday afternoon tourists that have now populated the Boardwalk and are wandering aimlessly across your path. Imagine a real-life game of “Frogger,” only instead of vehicles, you have to avoid colliding with a wide variety of bikes, dogs, strollers, vendors, rickshaws, trolleys and large, distracted gawkers. It’s intense!
    Kudos to the Race Staff on the design of the participant jacket and the Finishers’ medal. I’ve never received a medal before that had an actual operating lighthouse on it. Brilliant!
    But, do you want to know the real highlight of finishing a marathon on the Boardwalk?!?
    “….you can almost taste the hot dogs and French fries they sell!”

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    Tricia123@ Jul 02, 2023 at 2:04am

    Loved your race review and your tribute to the Drifters "Under the Boardwalk". I'll definitely be singing this song while I'm running the half marathon. 😀

    Loved your race review and your tribute to the Drifters "Under the Boardwalk". I'll definitely be singing this song while I'm running the half marathon. 😀

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    mcallaway FIRST-TIMER '21

    Living in Atlanta, I look for flat races in cooler temps as a reward for a summer of hills, heat, and humidity. Moved on down to Atlantic City after New … MORE

    Living in Atlanta, I look for flat races in cooler temps as a reward for a summer of hills, heat, and humidity. Moved on down to Atlantic City after New Jersey covid-cancelled. This was my first and probably last trip to Atlantic City. Plenty of casinos to stay at, but this seems to be a local (NJ/NY area) race people drive in for.
    After reading reviews and talking to others, I decided to fly into Philly Friday and stayed downtown Friday night. Great city. Caught a ride to Atlantic City Saturday and made it to the expo around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. In 2021, the “expo” was just a bib pick up line. A very long bib pick up line. I don’t know why they’d only have 2 people handing out bibs and a few more handing out race shirts, but the wait was 45 minutes and the line was even longer once I got through. They appeared unprepared. Some people got items in their bags such as beach towels…all I got were flyers.
    Race morning, there are no corrals. Just a huge mass of people crowding the start. The 3:30, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 3:55 pacers could have all reached out and touched each other at the start. There’s no reason to not spread out a little. This was frustrating. Especially after it was advertised that people would be forced to be somewhat socially distanced, and that masks were expected/required. I saw maybe 2 other people out of 2,000 in a mask, and we were all squeezed in like sardines at the start.
    Once the running began, things improved considerably. The course is very fair. It it not completely flat, as there are a handful of freeway ups and downs in the first 7-8 miles. Nothing too challenging, but only the final 18 miles are completely flat. The aid stations were well stocked with water and Gatorade. I carry my own gels but I saw a few tables along the way providing fuel too. The volunteers at the aid stations did a great job as cheering sections as well, because there wasn’t a lot of natural crowd support.
    Unfortunately in 2021 the weather didn’t work out for me. It became sneaky warm throughout the morning. Along the final 8 miles, I saw several runners down with EMTs presumably due to heat. But the wind was a deal breaker. It was exhausting virtually the entire way, no matter the direction we ran. It was so bad it literally blew me off the road a few times.
    A note on the boardwalk. There is a lot of boardwalk running. It’s unusual if you’re not used to it, and likely takes some mental energy to navigate. Boards are uneven, bouncy, bolts stick up, it’s uneven in places…just another challenge.
    The 3:40 pace team was relatively large (~25) and stuck together rather well through 18 miles, but that’s when my body failed. I mailed it in the final 8 miles and managed to finish in just under 4 hours. But looking at finish times and race photos, just a few runners in from that 3:40 group met their goal. Most ran 3:50-4:05.
    The finish experience was disappointing. Even though I came in under 4 hours, there were no fluids left other than water. Powerade had already run out. I don’t understand how that happens. Thankfully, my hotel room was a few steps away from the finish and I had cold drinks and snacks waiting for me there. The Johnny Rockets milkshake from the boardwalk hit the spot later that afternoon.
    Swag: The medal is neat as the lighthouse light flashes via a battery in the back of it. The pullover is ok. It’s not the nicest material and has a weird fit. The large fit me like a large on the body and shoulders, but the long sleeves are close to 3/4 length…oh well!
    It was a disappointing result for me, but I do know a number of runners PRd/BQd, and I just had a bad day. I’m disappointed I didn’t get to run the NJM. Also disappointed the NJM folks were nowhere to be seen at this race, as they had said they would be there with swag for us transferred runners.
    If you like to gamble, give this race a shot. The Bally’s sportsbook was a fun place to spend Saturday resting before the race and Sunday resting afterward. But the casinos, especially Caesers where I stayed, were kind of sad, kind of old and run down, and full of old people pumping the nickel slots…just not for me.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    runningriddles FIRST-TIMER '19

    Atlantic City was personally not my favorite place to visit (my sole opinion), but the marathon itself was a good one to run and cross New Jersey off the state … MORE

    Atlantic City was personally not my favorite place to visit (my sole opinion), but the marathon itself was a good one to run and cross New Jersey off the state list.

    Several reviews online stated the course is “pancake” flat. This is not the case. Yes, MOST of the course is flat, but there are a few portions towards the beginning that take you up a few highway ramps that are a bit of a challenge. My Garmin noted a total elevation gain of around 200 ft by the race’ end. Not hilly at all, but not completely pancake flat.

    Packet pickup was held at Bally’s Casino’s Grand Ballroom. Parking was easy (there were several lots and garages around…thought the area doesn’t seem that nice to walk in), and I breezed my way through the slot machines and card tables towards the expo area. I am not a fan of gambling, so I immediately got my bib and exited the building. I will say the swag they gave you (a hooded long sleeve shirt) is one of my favorites from any race I have run.

    My only complaint about the race start was that it was position right on the boardwalk in front of a few of the casinos which constantly played loud advertisements from their speakers. Apparently the National Anthem was sung, but the speakers of the casinos were turned up so loud, that many of us not realize it until it was almost over. That made me sad and believe that should be addressed in future editions of the race. Luckily we were able to hear the starting gun and made our way down the boardwalk to begin the first mile of 26.2.

    The experience as a whole was a fun one though. The pacing group was very good and it was fun to run along the boardwalk for 6-7 miles of the race. I’d recommend running it for New Jersey…just stay out of the Atlantic City area other than on race day.

    You can read my whole race report at https://runningriddles.com/races/2019-atlantic-city-marathon-in-new-jersey/.

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    4
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    3
    SWAG
    5

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