Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
4.5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.5
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
2.5
A very fun trail “marathon” and half marathon at Bear Brook State Park in New Hampshire! The marathon is always more than a marathon and exact mileage is never shared, it can be anywhere from 27 miles to 30 miles. Be prepared and let us know what you got at … MORE
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    HardRockMom FIRST-TIMER '18

    Not being from the area, it was a little hard to find. Only one sign on the main road that we passed. However, once we parked , and there was … MORE

    Not being from the area, it was a little hard to find. Only one sign on the main road that we passed. However, once we parked , and there was plenty of room for parking , things went wonderfully. All the volunteers and the hosts went out of their way tending to the runners wants and needs. All runners, not just a select few! Friendly and outgoing volunteers! Beautiful scenery on the trail. Lots of rocks, roots and ups and downs. It can be a bit challenging if you are new to trails. Definitely worth doing!!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race ate me for lunch! I have done a couple of "trail marathons" and one 50 mile trail race before. This one was B-R-U-T-A-L! First off - the website … MORE

    This race ate me for lunch! I have done a couple of “trail marathons” and one 50 mile trail race before. This one was B-R-U-T-A-L!
    First off – the website says the race is “longer than a marathon.” It typically is between 27-30 miles. That was ok with me (I ran this for my state so as long as it was 26.2 or longer, I was fine with it.)
    After 20 miles or so, my legs were shot! You run on everything from dirt trail to very technical trails to climbing up and over mounds of boulders (mountains!) and a very short section on a paved road through a campground. The race is 100% trail and through the state park. The course is marked with pink marking flags and there were several times where I didn’t see a flag for a concerning amount of time. I was alone for the last 15-18 miles and literally had to call my mother to have someone to talk to because I was beginning to question my sanity. At the checkin points, I kept asking how many miles were left. (NOTE the aid stations/check in points were about 4 miles apart.) The last 4 check in points ALL told me “It’s about 6 miles away.” When my watch hit 28 miles it started to rain (HARD!). When my watch hit 30 miles, I was concerned I had gone the wrong way. Then a group of bikers came passed me and I asked them if they had seen other runners with bibs. They said yes.
    The finish finally “appeared” like Heaven at mile 33!
    The best part: I love small trail races!
    The worst part: Not knowing when (or where) the finish is! This race is a total Mental game! If I can survive this-I can survive anything!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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