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Overall Rating (44 Reviews)
4.8
(44 Ratings) 🏆 (44 Reviews)
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Get ready to run the second annual Coast Guard Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K! Always Ready for more running? Enter the Semper Paratus Challange to complete both the 5K and your choice of the Half or Full Marathon. All runners receive a swag package including a Craft Loppet t-shirt and … MORE
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    TammyMeads FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is my hometown and I’m super proud of how this inaugural race was, but definitely room to grow. The expo needs to grow with more vendors. There needs to … MORE

    This is my hometown and I’m super proud of how this inaugural race was, but definitely room to grow. The expo needs to grow with more vendors. There needs to be DJ’s and or bands throughout the race. More support of spectators especially on base and throughout ECSU. The after party definitely needs bands, music and lively atmosphere. The water stations were adequately spaced and the bananas and oranges at the end were awesome.

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    If you like water views, pretty houses, military history, excellent barbeque, everything 5 minutes away and craft beer that is delicious.....you just cannot beat it. Fabulous little chef eateries, bars … MORE

    If you like water views, pretty houses, military history, excellent barbeque, everything 5 minutes away and craft beer that is delicious…..you just cannot beat it. Fabulous little chef eateries, bars and cafes all along the waterfront. Nice support from the Historic Black College and I really love the Coast Guard folks. This course was flat AND a Boston qualifier. NO waiting in any lines. I am recovering from an injury and got a third place age group. So pleased. A hidden gem as this year was inaugural♡

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    pbattig REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The course was a lot of fun. Going through the city as well as the Coast Guard base. The volunteers were helpful and friendly, the coordinators did an amazing job! MORE

    The course was a lot of fun. Going through the city as well as the Coast Guard base. The volunteers were helpful and friendly, the coordinators did an amazing job!

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    shonaker24 FIRST-TIMER '22

    If I hadn’t know this was the first Coastguard Marathon, I would never have guessed it was the first - it was that well organized. Packet pickup was a breeze, … MORE

    If I hadn’t know this was the first Coastguard Marathon, I would never have guessed it was the first – it was that well organized. Packet pickup was a breeze, there were plenty of volunteers and race staff, course marshals in all the necessary places, water stations every 2 miles, and tons of crowd support! The Coastguard planes and helicopter flyover at the start was awesome, definitely left an impression. Running through the Coastguard base with uniformed Coastguard cheering was nothing short of amazing. And that medal, WOW! I can’t wait to do this again next year!

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    pfinc1 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first time a a large marathon event. I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone was friendly. I thought the event was ran very well and the course … MORE

    This was my first time a a large marathon event. I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone was friendly. I thought the event was ran very well and the course was nice and flat for my first half marathon.

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    nscully FIRST-TIMER '22

    It was a beautiful day and many residents out cheering for the runners. Ran along waterfront, on Base and through college campus. Fun things to do all weekend. Great medal … MORE

    It was a beautiful day and many residents out cheering for the runners. Ran along waterfront, on Base and through college campus. Fun things to do all weekend. Great medal too!

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    egrimesey FIRST-TIMER '22

    Love supporting the military and especially the under recognized Coast Guard! Love the small town and the smooth logistics of the entire weekend! Very well done and the course was … MORE

    Love supporting the military and especially the under recognized Coast Guard! Love the small town and the smooth logistics of the entire weekend! Very well done and the course was enjoyable.

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    Perfectly organized race! For a first time event, I was pleasantly surprised. The course was super flat and fast. Can't say enough good things about the staff, volunteers, community involvement, … MORE

    Perfectly organized race! For a first time event, I was pleasantly surprised. The course was super flat and fast. Can’t say enough good things about the staff, volunteers, community involvement, and of course, the awesome Coasties! I absolutely loved running through the base, and realized later I would have PR’d if I hadn’t stopped for so many pictures lol. The highlight was receiving my gorgeous medal from a Coastie at the finish line, that was very special for me. Seriously can’t wait to run it again next year! Sign up, you won’t regret it!

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    flagrunner720 FIRST-TIMER '22

    What a welcoming town and so supportive of runners! Great course through the CG base, the university, neighborhoods and along the water. Fantastic volunteers, no shortages of anything! Challenge coin … MORE

    What a welcoming town and so supportive of runners! Great course through the CG base, the university, neighborhoods and along the water. Fantastic volunteers, no shortages of anything! Challenge coin for running the 5k and half was wonderful! Professional race announcing was great & kept everyone engaged. Police, fire & CG volunteers also were great! Definitely a return trip next year😍

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    memj89 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This was my 5th marathon. But by far my favorite ! It was super organized and course was so fun ! Running through the coast guard base was an absolute … MORE

    This was my 5th marathon. But by far my favorite ! It was super organized and course was so fun ! Running through the coast guard base was an absolute blast ! I already cannot wait for next year !

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    sobrecalle REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Fast, flat course with good support along the way. Very cool to follow the river, go into the Coast Guard base, and through Elizabeth City State University. Local school bands … MORE

    Fast, flat course with good support along the way. Very cool to follow the river, go into the Coast Guard base, and through Elizabeth City State University. Local school bands and cheerleaders along the route were delightful. Excellent support from local police to close roads and manage traffic. NC barbecue and beer at the end were a welcome treat! I’ll definitely be back next year!

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    debbiem492 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This course is very flat - I think one incline over a bridge at the beginning but basically flat. There are a lot of turns though so I tried to … MORE

    This course is very flat – I think one incline over a bridge at the beginning but basically flat. There are a lot of turns though so I tried to run the straight line vectors as much as possible to keep close to 13.1 and save my hips and ankles a bit. The CG support was amazing with flyovers at the beginning, demos at the end and of course running through a portion of the base! Volunteers were plentiful and water stations every 2 miles or so. Even had a bonus one – didn’t catch If they were supporting a particular racer or just super excited for ECity to have all of these runners in town. Race was small which made it special for a first in person race. The organizers were awesome too!

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    LauraVestal FIRST-TIMER '22

    Course was amazingly flat. Highest point was a creek bridge. Volunteers and town folk were friendly and helpful. The volunteer hoodies and the race shirts were comfy. The Race medal … MORE

    Course was amazingly flat. Highest point was a creek bridge. Volunteers and town folk were friendly and helpful. The volunteer hoodies and the race shirts were comfy. The Race medal is this cute interactive one with multiple USCG motifs.

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    gmarumoto FIRST-TIMER '22

    The course is pancake flat. I know a lot of courses say that, but this one is flat. The only "hill" was the bridge we crossed over with 500 yards … MORE

    The course is pancake flat. I know a lot of courses say that, but this one is flat. The only “hill” was the bridge we crossed over with 500 yards of the start. This course has the potential for being a BQ mill, pending weather. Not much scenery, but the race committee was awesome. For an inaugural race, this production was like it was a veteran race. Race day weather was chilly, 50 degrees at the start, and warmed to about 60 by 11:30. Overcast skies. It might have been a tougher race had the sun been out as there is little shade on the course, but this year it was perfect. Better than Newport News which was the next day. If I had to pick one, CGM would be the one. Semper paratus, Coasties!

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    Nice race, very friendly crowd. A good part of the course was along the water. It was neat running thru the base as well. Lot to do in the area … MORE

    Nice race, very friendly crowd. A good part of the course was along the water. It was neat running thru the base as well. Lot to do in the area and the outet banks are only a short drive away. Not super crowded run which made it enjoyable as well.

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    TDJones FIRST-TIMER '22

    I first heard about this race at the expo for the Richmond Marathon, and I was interested because the Coast Guard was involved. The course was also flat and fast … MORE

    I first heard about this race at the expo for the Richmond Marathon, and I was interested because the Coast Guard was involved. The course was also flat and fast and I hadn’t run a marathon in North Carolina yet, so I signed up. Overall, it was a great first-time effort from the organizers. Local support seemed really good, and lots of Coast Guard personnel came out to volunteer or run. Running through the Coast Guard air base was also pretty cool, as were the shirt and medal, which featured a Coast Guard boat and airplane, respectively. Other parts of the course were on open roads across large vacant fields, but traffic was very light, so it wasn’t so bad. The field size for the full was under 400 runners, so you were definitely by yourself at times – it’s up to you whether that’s good or bad. Ultimately, I’m glad I signed up and I’d recommend this race to others.

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    Myrr84 FIRST-TIMER '22

    As a CG Aviation Veteran, this course flooded my brain with memories every mile! While the course did take me through neighborhoods I didn't know existed (and so much has … MORE

    As a CG Aviation Veteran, this course flooded my brain with memories every mile! While the course did take me through neighborhoods I didn’t know existed (and so much has changed since I went to “A” school almost 20 years ago), it was running on base that made it almost impossible for me to keep going. I lived on base for 6 months while going to school. Memories of my classes, instructors, friends and fun times made me tear up multiple times on and off base. There were only a couple of small hills (and I do mean small) and it was really cold at the start/finish line which was on the water (that’s the only reason I gave it a 2 for difficulty…because I don’t like the cold). The neighborhoods were beautiful, there was a beautiful sunrise (although it was cloudy), so many people cheering on runners at the end of their driveways and along the course which is something I have never experienced.

    Overall, I felt great post race. My legs weren’t dead, I’m a fully functioning human the day after race day, managed to get only a small blister, and I actually can’t wait to sign up for next year!

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    musical23 FIRST-TIMER '22

    For the first in-person running of this race, things were almost completely without a hitch. Packet pick-up was simple and the expo was very small, although I can see that … MORE

    For the first in-person running of this race, things were almost completely without a hitch. Packet pick-up was simple and the expo was very small, although I can see that growing as the race grows. I ran the 5k and the half; both courses were well marked and very flat. For a small town like Elizabeth City, there was surprisingly a good bit of crowd support. A lot of people up early cheering you on. One of the middle schools had their band playing and even a group of cheerleaders. The shirt was nice and the medal was awesome. I even received a challengers coin for doing both races. The aid stations were plentiful as were porta-johns. Plenty of law enforcement, Coast Guard members and volunteers to keep the roads clear and keep you going in the right direction. Another plus was plenty of downtown parking within walking distance to the start/finish line.
    The only real negative was a 30 min delayed start to the 5k on Friday. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but it was quite chilly and windy.
    All-in-all Two Thumbs up for this race, the Coast Guard and the Elizabeth City N.C. Put this on your to do list, especially if you enjoy the different military branch races.

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    atrypuc REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Well coordinated, nice start/finish line with cool coast guard displays. The course is flat but not very scenic. The shirts and medals are great but they both say marathon and … MORE

    Well coordinated, nice start/finish line with cool coast guard displays. The course is flat but not very scenic. The shirts and medals are great but they both say marathon and 5k, making me feel like a little bit of stolen valor since I only did the 5k.

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    noahmmarsh FIRST-TIMER '22

    Lots of supporters to start and running along the water and on base was great! The last half was pretty sparse and less engaging scenery. Pre race and post race … MORE

    Lots of supporters to start and running along the water and on base was great! The last half was pretty sparse and less engaging scenery. Pre race and post race festivities were lively.

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