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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
4
(2 Ratings)  (2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1
SCENERY
2.5
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
1.5
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. We’ve decided to bring an event that strips down many of the … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is a low-cost, no frills half marathon or marathon produced by Millennium Running. It used to take place in Massachusetts but was moved to New Hampshire last year due … MORE

    This is a low-cost, no frills half marathon or marathon produced by Millennium Running. It used to take place in Massachusetts but was moved to New Hampshire last year due to covid and kept in NH this year. The cost is only $26.2 which is the least I paid for a half marathon. I signed up for this race because I was going to be in NH anyways. I wasn’t expecting too much given how cheap it was just the usual excellent production from Millennium Running but the race exceeded my expectations. The race takes place on a paved rail trail in Derry, NH which is about 10 minutes south of Manchester and also not too far a drive from Boston. The marathon started earlier and there was parking at the start for the marathoners only. For the later half you were instructed to park at a park & ride and take a shuttle. Shuttles were very smooth and I did not have to wait at all. Packet included bib and you could pay extra for a shirt. It is a fine polyblend shirt. Even though it is not longer necessary for covid, Millennium kept the time trial format they did during covid to prevent the trail from being too crowded. Runners were given an assigned time and went 2 at a time every 10 seconds. Very organized and smooth start. The course is really nice. It is on a paved rail trail that is mostly flat. Not as pancake flat as Atlantic City but just some inclines and declines no true hill. The course was simple but was actually quite scenic with lots of trees and lakes and nature. I preferred this scenery to downtown Manchester. The half is an out and back that you do twice for the marathon. There are 3 aid stations that you pass twice, one at mile 1 and 12, mile 3 and 10 and mile 6 and 7. The aid stations had water and gatorade and the middle one had maple syrup. I can’t complain about the aid stations for the price but you do go as far as 3 miles without water so you may want to bring some. This is not the most spectator friendly race on the trail but I was surprised and happy with how many spectators were at the intersections of the trail. There were also plenty of course marshals for any road crossings. The course also had mile markers. For the finish you turn right off the trail and run a block through town which is coned off and then turn back on the rail trail and go left if you are a marathoner doing the second loop or right for the finish. This was smart for making the start and finish line separate but annoying as the only hill on the entire course was at the end. I was feeling pretty good and it was perfect weather and a fast course and knew I could break 2:45 as long as I had a decent finish but I wasn’t sure I was going to make it with the surprise hill. I still managed to just get my goal time. There is a nice finish arch. At the end you don’t get a medal because it is so cheap but you get a very funny and cute ribbon that says “I ran a half marathon and all I got was this lousy ribbon!” There was also decent post-race snacks for a cheap race with fruit, chips, granola bars and yogurt. Nothing special but enough. I was very surprised by how great this race was for the price. It’s production was as good as any race I have done and the course was really nice though obviously not as exciting as some of the more premier, expensive half marathons. Other than the lack of swag, this was as good as all but the top half marathons I have done. I would definitely recommend this race especially if you are looking for cheaper options. If I have the weekend off I would definitely do this one again.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    1

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