Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
4.2
(6 Ratings)(6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.8
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
4
Considered the “Jewel” of Georgia, Jekyll Island is the ideal location to host the Jekyll Island Marathon (JIM). The JIM course will showcase the natural beauty of the island and take runners past historic landmarks. Runners will pass under the canopies of the majestic live oaks, past the beauty of … MORE
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    kmusheno FIRST-TIMER '20

    Pancake flat course that follows an out and back around the NE corner of the island and then does a complete loop to the finish. Light northeasterly winds with consistent … MORE

    Pancake flat course that follows an out and back around the NE corner of the island and then does a complete loop to the finish.

    Light northeasterly winds with consistent temps in the low 60s.

    Small expo with only a local running store and registration present. Cotton LS tee and finisher medals were the only swag.

    Management needs to get its act together a little bit, e.g.:
    – Aid stations with only one volunteer
    – Tailwind beverage on course was clear so you couldn’t tell what you were drinking.
    – No electrolyte beverage left at finish area for marathoners finishing after ~4:30
    – Nothing provided to go on bagels (i.e., no butter, cream cheese, jelly, etc.)
    – Awards were not given out until ~6:00
    – You could only find out your race results at finish. (No way to see leaderboard.)

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    2
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    cwline FIRST-TIMER '20

    Race is on island with nice view of ocean. Mostly asphalt road and concrete trail with a few wooden bridges, a little sandy section and ended on grass for finish … MORE

    Race is on island with nice view of ocean. Mostly asphalt road and concrete trail with a few wooden bridges, a little sandy section and ended on grass for finish line. Plenty of water/tailwind stations. Miles marked. Restrooms on the course. Standard refreshments after race. Long sleeve shirt, and medal. Results posted fast.

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    4
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    TroyMiller REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I swore when I started my 50 state quest that I would not repeat any states or races until I had completed all 50 states. I broke that promise on … MORE

    I swore when I started my 50 state quest that I would not repeat any states or races until I had completed all 50 states. I broke that promise on this one. Once again, this is our favorite vacation spot and I had strongly considered doing this again but hadn’t made up my mind. What decided it for me is that a friend was going to be there and when I didn’t make the cut for the 2019 Boston Marathon, I decided this would be a great qualifier. The course is flat, fast and beautiful. You are nearly at sea level and the temps this time of year are pretty mild. It was quite windy but the wind didn’t really hit until about halfway but when it hit, it hit like a ton of bricks. I was determined that regardless of the conditions on race day, I was going to get my Boston qualifying time and I did! I also finished third in the Masters Division and got a custom, hand made pottery plate that was made by a local potter on the island. I really like that they also have free pictures that are taken by a professional photographer. This is a great touch and is much appreciated by those of us who don’t have an extra $75-100 laying around to buy race photos ($75-100 equals another race entry for me!!). The course gives you a great mini tour of the island. The aid stations are plentiful and well stocked. The volunteers are friendly, encouraging and helpful. The race directors are very involved on site the day of the race and are there to celebrate with you at the finish line. Once again, if you’re looking for a well run smaller race on a beautiful island with tons of history, this is the one for you!

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 19, 2019 at 8:37pm

    YEAH, congrats on the BQ Troy! Ah, what a feeling and especially after being denied last year. And free race photos as a bonus! 👍 Enjoy your extended 2019 victory… MORE

    YEAH, congrats on the BQ Troy! Ah, what a feeling and especially after being denied last year. And free race photos as a bonus! 👍 Enjoy your extended 2019 victory lap leading up to Sept registration, and thanks for the excellent review! LESS

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    + Extremely scenic - excellent jogging tour of the island Flat course Nice soft long sleeve T-shirt (You don’t get those very often anymore!) Mild weather (start 57, finish 50) … MORE

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    Extremely scenic – excellent jogging tour of the island
    Flat course
    Nice soft long sleeve T-shirt (You don’t get those very often anymore!)
    Mild weather (start 57, finish 50)
    Great volunteers (ready to hand you whatever you need & direct traffic at crosswalks)
    The Westin might be a bit pricey, but it’s super convenient to get to the race start, allowed our request for late checkout (3pm), & very nice.


    Lots of curves (run lots of tangents)
    Windy
    Post race celebration is at 5pm. We were on the road back by then. I wish it was earlier; so we could have participated.

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    TroyMiller FIRST-TIMER '18

    Let me preface this by saying that this is our all time favorite vacation spot so when I heard they were going to have a marathon on the island, I … MORE

    Let me preface this by saying that this is our all time favorite vacation spot so when I heard they were going to have a marathon on the island, I jumped at the opportunity and was one of the first to sign up. If you’re looking for a marathon that has streets lined with cheering crowds, this one is not for you. It is a smaller marathon on a beautiful historic island that is mainly populated with retirees this time of year. If you’re looking for a fairly flat and fast marathon with beautiful scenery and historic “cottages” along the route, this is a great choice. The marathon started along the beachfront with a beautiful view of the sunrise as the National Anthem was sung. It was chilly that morning, 36 degrees at the start, but the sun was shining brightly and I shed my jacket around mile 5. The course support was good with ample aid stations, porta potties and fantastic volunteers. The course winds through Jekyll Island’s beautiful pathways and even through the historic district with views of the Jekyll Island Club and many of it’s historic “cottages”. The beauty of the island is stunning and it made the miles just seem to drift by for me. There was even a bell to ring for a PR which I proudly rang after I crossed the finish line. The food offerings at the finish were good and diverse for a small marathon. The medals were also good for an inaugural marathon. While I am on a quest to finish all 50 states and have vowed that I wouldn’t do any state repeats until after I have achieved my goal, this is one I may make an exception for!

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 25, 2018 at 1:13pm

    Congrats on the PR, Troy! For a 50-stater to say "I'd go back" before completing all 50 says it all. Georgia's one of the states that's still very much up… MORE

    Congrats on the PR, Troy! For a 50-stater to say "I'd go back" before completing all 50 says it all. Georgia's one of the states that's still very much up in the air for me, so it's great to know that both you and Evelyn enjoyed the inaugural race. I started running for the same reason as you — to alleviate stress — and so smaller, quieter races like this are in my wheelhouse. Thanks for the awesome review, and congrats on notching state #12! LESS

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    TroyMiller Apr 25, 2018 at 1:47pm

    Thanks, Mike! I've done a few small ones in my 12 so if you're looking for smaller races, I can suggest a few.

    Thanks, Mike! I've done a few small ones in my 12 so if you're looking for smaller races, I can suggest a few.

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 25, 2018 at 4:14pm

    Awesome, thanks so much Troy! Looking at your Staging Area I'm definitely intrigued by Route 66 and the All American Marathon, since OK and NC are two other states that… MORE

    Awesome, thanks so much Troy! Looking at your Staging Area I'm definitely intrigued by Route 66 and the All American Marathon, since OK and NC are two other states that are very much up in the air for me. And hope you'll take some time to review Anchorage, since that seems to be a race that a lot of folks ask about. I see you've run Des Moines, I'm planning to double that with KC this October (the life of a 50-stater!). Much appreciated, and look forward to following along for your next 38 states (and beyond)! LESS

    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '18

    Ran as a pacer for the inaugural race. I think they organizers don't want the race to be huge so they only offered a full & 10K. A half would … MORE

    Ran as a pacer for the inaugural race. I think they organizers don’t want the race to be huge so they only offered a full & 10K. A half would be ideal. The course was nice – basically an out & back plus some. Ran along the road and then bike/walking path as well. Lots of sections of wiggling between trees. Pretty but a bit dizzying. (I’m not a big beach person so that’s the reason for the 4 for scenery.)
    Nice Medal. Very well organized for an inaugural event. The pre race pasta dinner was Friday night (race was Sunday). Not sure how many people participated in that.

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 16, 2018 at 11:56am

    Thanks so much, Evelyn! Always appreciate your perspective, not only as a crazy runner and fellow Maniac but also as a race organizer. And especially for an inaugural race where… MORE

    Thanks so much, Evelyn! Always appreciate your perspective, not only as a crazy runner and fellow Maniac but also as a race organizer. And especially for an inaugural race where there's not much information available. Hopefully in future years the pasta dinner moves to Saturday to attract more runners, since the body can only carbo-load so far in advance. :) Thanks for your service as a pacer, and congrats on adding Georgia to your 50 States Map! LESS

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