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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.5
SCENERY
3.5
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
5
The Main to Main Marathon begins at 6:30 AM with the half marathon following at 7:00 AM and the 10K at 7:15 AM. The start location is First Citizens Bank. All of the races (marathon, half marathon, 10K) will end at the same spot where the start line is located. … MORE
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    marble_jill REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is such a great race! In August you will get a little bit of humidity but the course was fun. It is an out and back course. It is … MORE

    This is such a great race! In August you will get a little bit of humidity but the course was fun. It is an out and back course. It is hilly but I loved the river basins. Very pretty. The people were very kind too. Plenty of water stops and super organized!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    marathon250 FIRST-TIMER '18

    A race that far exceeds expectations considering the number of participants. Inaugural run was in 2018. A run that starts in small town Iowa, you run to another town and … MORE

    A race that far exceeds expectations considering the number of participants. Inaugural run was in 2018.
    A run that starts in small town Iowa, you run to another town and then back to where you started. Mostly flat with gentle hills in the farmland. When you cross the Cedar River at around mile 5 WOW you almost want to stop just to take it all in for a minute or two! However, that hill coming back is why the course is level two for difficulty instead of one.
    Execution of first aid support was great! 4×4 UTVs were cruising up and down the highway for runners. Water stations are great! Some had food for energy. Roads are NOT closed to traffic, but because of the UTVs and police/first responder presence traffic was never moving fast, and traffic was light.
    All runners received a nice long sleeve athletic shirt and finishers medal, age group awards were glasses with race logo, and there was a prize for the overall winner! However, I heard race officials talk about adjusting prizes next year due to the small field size. (Get your friends to do it with you!)

    Post race you get a free shower at the Cedar River Complex! (However, it is a few blocks away from the finish, it was a two minute drive.)

    Race morning was humid and warm. That will happen at this time of year. Expect temps between 60-70 at start time and 80+ near finishing time.

    I have been to other small marathons as a spectator that have been around for a while, and even though I was a participant in this one, I would still say organization was far superior. Being its inaugural year, hopefully things dont get changed much for future races!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5
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