Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.3
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4
The Garden Spot Village Marathon is a race unlike any other. Taking place in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Garden Spot Village Marathon offers runners an opportunity to run through the beautiful Amish farmlands of Pennsylvania. This is a beautiful course through country farmlands. There will be road … MORE
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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '13

    Garden Spot Village Marathon is in beautiful rolling hills in Amish country. It's not a huge event, but very well done. The weather in 2013 was beautiful (blue skies, cool … MORE

    Garden Spot Village Marathon is in beautiful rolling hills in Amish country. It’s not a huge event, but very well done. The weather in 2013 was beautiful (blue skies, cool temperatures) but windy, combined with a pretty hilly route, so I wouldn’t call it a fast course. It is scenic if you like country views, farmers, cattle, horses and buggies, and farmhouses. If you want big crowds and tons of support, it’s not a good choice. Personally, though, I liked it a lot, and really enjoyed the “valley of no wires”…not a power line within view! The medal was nice, and the shirt decent. I stayed at a B&B that had a runners’ breakfast and was walkable to the expo and pasta dinner, as well as the start/finish. It’s been a few years since I ran it, but I’d recommend it, and I’d also suggest running the other race they put on, a half marathon called Bird in Hand Half (the medal is a horseshoe, very cool). If you do both in the same year, you get the Road Apple Award, which is just pure awesomeness.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3
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    mattyjohn23 FIRST-TIMER '17

    So my time sucked, it really did. When they said "it's very hilly" oh please believe them. I thought I trained enough for the hills I was wrong. The route … MORE

    So my time sucked, it really did. When they said “it’s very hilly” oh please believe them. I thought I trained enough for the hills I was wrong. The route was beautiful, you even got to run with some of the Amish Folk. Everyone was so friendly. The voluteers were awesome, the food after at the recovery tent was great! They even had vegan choices! The medal is one of the best ones I’ve gotten so far. Overall it was great I would totally do it again and be more prepared this time!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    ddimmig REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The pre-race dinner is AWESOME on Friday night. They served sweet potatoes among other delicious choices. Plus the after race meal on Saturday AM is equally as delicious with a … MORE

    The pre-race dinner is AWESOME on Friday night. They served sweet potatoes among other delicious choices. Plus the after race meal on Saturday AM is equally as delicious with a person making omelets for each runner if they would like one, plus many other choices. Seeing Amish runners who are fast, running the race in regular street clothes, plus Amish families coming out to watch and cheer the runners! This race will take you to a step back in time but offers up-to-date technology for the race.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Pmontele FIRST-TIMER '15

    They only talk about 2 big hills at 5 and 22 miles but beware all the "rolling hills" in between. Although realistic from start that this is not a race … MORE

    They only talk about 2 big hills at 5 and 22 miles but beware all the “rolling hills” in between. Although realistic from start that this is not a race to PR in, it was still the toughest marathon I’ve run (out of 7)- a strong constant headwind didn’t help either.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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