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Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
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(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
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4.8
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The Clarence DeMar Marathon was established in 1978 to honor former Keene resident Clarence DeMar. We currently offer two competitive races, a Full Marathon and Half Marathon, and two community wellness programs: the DeMar Kids Marathon and DeMar Super Senior Marathon. We are inspired by Clarence DeMar’s pure love of … MORE
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    runvirginia FIRST-TIMER '18

    Awesome point to point, packet pickup, t-shirt, medal, and showers at the finish line. Awesome volunteers who were unfailingly enthusiastic and supportive (many said 'you inspire me' instead of 'almost … MORE

    Awesome point to point, packet pickup, t-shirt, medal, and showers at the finish line. Awesome volunteers who were unfailingly enthusiastic and supportive (many said ‘you inspire me’ instead of ‘almost there’). The communication from the RD was well-managed and clear. I am a back of the packer and all the course marshalls were still out, in their bright yellow, to show me the way. There was water and food at the end. I did have to bring my own Gu, but I knew that in advance. Free finish line photo! Loved this race–beautiful location.

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    todd17406 FIRST-TIMER '18

    It's very obvious this Marathon means a lot to the folks of Keene NH and the Keene NH Rotary Club, who put on the race. From the pasta meal (we … MORE

    It’s very obvious this Marathon means a lot to the folks of Keene NH and the Keene NH Rotary Club, who put on the race. From the pasta meal (we had Amby Burfoot as guest speaker in 2018) to the course logistics, everything was well thought out. The first 16 miles or so are run in the NH Autumn woods, running beside a babbling stream. The last 10 are kinda standard fare, but the folks of Keene really come out and support the runners. Very organized water stations and positive people along the way. This can be a fast course, but has its share of climbs as well. (Especially the steep short hills in the Cemetary just before mile 23). The local hotels are kinda pricey, so we stayed at an air-bnb right outside of town. Only negative to me was that the 1/2 marathoners course kept joining and leaving the ‘full’ course so I was forced to pass the same groups of people 4 or 5 times. Found this mentally challenging as you’re trying your damndest to keep pace the last 5 miles and you keep passing the same 1/2 marathon walkers and joggers spread 3 wide. Overall, I’m so glad I did Demar for my NH marathon! Great opportunity to learn about this amazing Man. (Google Clarence DeMar)

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    M_Sohaskey Oct 05, 2018 at 1:44pm

    Awesome review Todd, thanks so much! I recently read DeMar's autobiography "Marathon," (great read, by the way) and now can't wait to run Keene one day soon. Cool to hear that the town supports the runners so enthusiastically. Though what a strange déjà vu feeling, having to pass the same half marathoners again and again, I've never heard of that. Thanks for the excellent recommendations, and congrats on adding NH to your 50 States Map!

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '17

    Clarence DeMar was my 52nd marathon and 46th state. I'd been looking forward to a cool, fall New England race after a warm Iowa marathon two weeks prior. However, that … MORE

    Clarence DeMar was my 52nd marathon and 46th state. I’d been looking forward to a cool, fall New England race after a warm Iowa marathon two weeks prior. However, that was not to be! The anxiety set in the week before when I checked the weather and saw a high of 91. What?? Lots of chatter began online and the RD addressed the weather issue early that week stating they were meeting with the medical team to determine what would need to be done to ensure runners’ safety. This had me worried but needlessly. They emailed again Thursday with the news that the race was starting an hour early (7am instead of 8am) and that extra water and aid stations were in place. I’d like to say THANK YOU to the RD and team for not canceling outright. Moving the start time up made a world of difference. Furthermore, he stepped up on the bus before we disembarked at the start (and sent an email the night before saying the same) and told us to have a great race, don’t go out there for a PR, run smart, and enjoy the scenery instead of shooting for a time. If medical services got overwhelmed they would have to black flag the race. I thought this message was on point.

    Okay enough about the anxiety and the heat! I thought the race was great. Fantastic comms leading up to race day, great long sleeve tech shirt (in a fall color that I love), and very nice 40th anniversary medal.

    The packet pickup process was simple and friendly and they also offered it race morning for those who couldn’t make it. I don’t often need that option but I appreciate it when it’s available because you never know with airline travel!

    The start is at a school which is always nice! We took a bus ride up, which left from Keene State College. There was a comfortable gym to hang out in for an hour before the start and lots of portajohns. Also bottled water was available.

    The course itself was very pretty. There were river views, farmland, a dam and lake, nice homes, along with a cemetery. Much of it was shaded (but definitely not all!) and there were lots of hills, none of which were major or huge, just rolling.

    The finish is at Keene State College and there’s a good selection of food and beverages available. I stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites which was a convenient walk to packet pickup, the bus pickup, and the finish (lots of restaurants nearby as well).

    Overall I commend the RD and team for a very well thought out and organized marathon. I am so grateful it wasn’t cancelled and we got an earlier start time. I’m also very thankful for all of the volunteers and PD and medical services personnel that were out there with us, cheering us on, hosing us down, and handing us water; they made the difference!

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 24, 2017 at 10:30pm

    Sounds like this was handled perfectly – we had a similar situation at Hatfield McCoy last year and yes, I super-appreciate RDs who take the smart, sensible "Let's play it by ear" approach rather than panicking and canceling a race ahead of time. So glad it worked out well in this case and that the course was largely shaded... Clarence DeMar sounds like a NH best bet! Thanks for another awesome review Meg, and congrats on beating the heat to notch state 46. Cooler weather has to be just around the corner... doesn't it?

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    RunnerMeg Sep 25, 2017 at 4:00pm

    It was refreshing to run a marathon where the RD and team balanced responsibility of managing the event along with empowering runners to be smart and adapt to conditions. I think they did a masterful job and the support that was out there was unbeatable!

    And yes...come on FALL weather!!

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    FLTLBrun REPEAT RUNNER '14

    The third consecutive year I've done this race and with a jam packed marathon/ultra calendar, repeat races aren't the norm. From the first time I stepped foot in the packet … MORE

    The third consecutive year I’ve done this race and with a jam packed marathon/ultra calendar, repeat races aren’t the norm. From the first time I stepped foot in the packet pickup location back in 2012 I knew there was something special about this event. RD and volunteers took a keen interest in my being there and they let me know it. The course is challenging yet interesting. Over hill and dale, across a dam, through a park and a cemetery, on a bike path, past cows, a “tunnel” of stately pine trees and past a golf course – loved the variety. Packet pickup is just that, no expo, just friendly volunteers. Several options for when the pickup can be done to meet traveling runners needs. Buses to the start are convenient. About a 1/4 mile walk to the starting line. Announcements are clear. Course support is more than adequate. Pre-race pasta dinner is a home cooked meal. Really, it’s delish. Post race refreshments are wonderful as well. Massages available. They try hard to recognize every runner as they cross the finish line too. And, if you are around for the last finishers to cross the finish line you will likely hear either the Rocky theme or the Olympic theme blasting from the speakers and a tunnel of volunteers cheering them on. Tech shirt, nice medal too. Keene, NH is a picturesque New England town with an incredible array of restaurants. Can you tell I really like this race?

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