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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
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4
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
3.5
The Clarence DeMar Marathon was established in 1978 to honor former Keene resident Clarence DeMar. The marathon has operated consecutively for 38 years. 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 … MORE
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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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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
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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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    PRODUCTION
    4
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    4
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    3
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