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The New England running community has so many great events to choose from throughout the year. We understand that costs for many these races tend to be on the higher side as the overall production budgets have increased. Here at Green Stride, we’ve decided to bring an event that strips … MORE
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    Andrew FIRST-TIMER '19

    The Cheap Marathon (Salisbury, MA) is as advertised. It’s a no frills full marathon (or half marathon if you choose). Early registration fee is around $26. Was held the first … MORE

    The Cheap Marathon (Salisbury, MA) is as advertised. It’s a no frills full marathon (or half marathon if you choose). Early registration fee is around $26. Was held the first Sunday in April 2019 (one week before Boston). Bib pickup was the day before the race at a running store in Downtown Newburyport.

    The course is entirely within the Salisbury Beach State Reservation. The course is a 4.37 mile looped course that you run six times for the full or three times for the half. There were four water stops (also had Gatorade) along the course (repeated six times). One set of porto potties along the course at around Mile 4 of the 4.37 mile loop. Getting into the reservation before the race was a piece of cake. Huge parking lots adjacent to the starting area.

    The course is very flat. Only about a five foot elevation change throughout the entire course. I had no issues going down stairs after the race like I normally would have after running a marathon due to my quads being shot. Not much of a view from the course itself but it’s a short walk to the beach. Weather was perfect for the 2019 race. Around 40F at the 7:00AM start. Warmed up to around 50F during the race.

    Crowd support is minimal and concentrated around the starting area. Plenty of volunteers to make sure you go the right direction. After the first loop, you know the routine. There were about 400 runners for the 2019 race. About a 50/50 split between half and full runners. They had some pacers but they were for relatively slow paces (4:20 was the fastest pacer I saw on race day).

    The only way in and out of the State Reservation was closed at the start of the race and wasn’t opened to traffic until about 2.5 hours into the race. Not sure why they kept it closed for so long. Runners typically ran to the side of the roadway so aside from the initial wave at the start of the race, there’s no reason they had to keep it closed to traffic for so long. Wife had to park on a parallel street and walk over some sand dunes to get to the course. This is the only thing I would have changed. Open it up to traffic about an hour or so into the race to allow for spectators to more easily get to the parking lots.

    Finishers get a finisher’s ribbon. No finisher’s medals. Post race food and beverages was just a bottle of water. There was a post-race beer at some restaurant but I didn’t bother going to that. My race results initially was not shown in the race results until a submitted an omission message to the race timer (RaceWire).

    So, it’s an inexpensive, PRable, BQable race that is without much amenities. If you go it to this race with these expectations, you won’t be disappointed.

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