Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
3.6
(5 Ratings)  (5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.2
SCENERY
3.8
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4
The Mainly Marathons New England Series Vermont course is a paved flat course on the Toonerville Trail. Tentative Course Laps: 12 laps for Marathon. Due to the unique multi-loop course setup, there is one giant “aid station,” with more food and drink than you could ever need! Ask anyone who’s … MORE
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    lancenull FIRST-TIMER '22

    Course was an 6 loop course of just over a mile from point to point along the Black River. Mother nature decided to soak us this year, but you can't … MORE

    Course was an 6 loop course of just over a mile from point to point along the Black River. Mother nature decided to soak us this year, but you can’t control that. The course was mostly asphalt, with a little gravel/grass near the start/finish.
    As usual, the aid station support is fantastic, and there is always some hot food at the aid station in addition to various drinks and snacks.
    race medal is in the shape of Vermont, with nice details, and is part of the series chain of medals.
    Part of the appeal of Mainly Marathons is the people you run with, and become friends with after repeated days together on the course.
    So for a fun, yet challenging way to complete your states, sign up for a multi-day series!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
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    usamhall FIRST-TIMER '22

    Pouring rain for 3 1/2 hours. Race pickup was for the series which makes the individual races easy. One Bib for 11 races in this case. I basically gave in … MORE

    Pouring rain for 3 1/2 hours. Race pickup was for the series which makes the individual races easy. One Bib for 11 races in this case. I basically gave in at the half because I was wet and cold.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    bioprofsd REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Running a Mainly Marathon race is more like a family reunion than a race. Both the runners and the race directors are very supportive, and it is difficult to walk … MORE

    Running a Mainly Marathon race is more like a family reunion than a race. Both the runners and the race directors are very supportive, and it is difficult to walk away from one of these runs without making a friend or two. This course is not the most interesting one in the world, as it is sandwiched between the Black River and state highway 11 in Springfield. The river is scenic with lush green riparian vegetation, but on the other side of the trail you can see and hear traffic, so it isn’t exactly a wilderness experience. Because this is part of a series of 7 or 8 marathons in as many days, many of the participants are walking, so it is tempting to slow down and walk with other runners. Suffice to say it is difficult to get a PR in these races (runs). There are no awards for the fastest runners, but there is an award for the last runner to finish. Some do these races to hammer out a number of states in a short period of time, and others do it to add to their lifetime marathon or half marathon total. Others probably do it to see all of their other friends. In any event, these races are quite popular, so the race directors have definitely found a niche. If you are very competitive, these races are probably not for you, but if you just like to run with other people, you will probably like these races.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5
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    RunKMacRun FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was the third day of an 8 day series. I really enjoyed the entire race series. All races are laps, ranging from 5-9 laps for the half marathons. There … MORE

    This was the third day of an 8 day series. I really enjoyed the entire race series. All races are laps, ranging from 5-9 laps for the half marathons. There is one massive aid station and the main turn around that has more food than you could ever eat. Great staff and great support the entire time. Most of these races are in parks or near forested areas so I would recommend packing bug spray.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '16

    This is a fun marathon to do if you like to see other runners and wave hello. The course was a relatively straight, tree-lined, out and back along the Black … MORE

    This is a fun marathon to do if you like to see other runners and wave hello. The course was a relatively straight, tree-lined, out and back along the Black River in NH. The weather in May was pleasant, and an easy drive to the next marathon in the series. The runners that frequent these series are a tight-knit group, but very welcoming to newcomers. It is difficult not to find a new friend when doing a Mainly Marathon run. In all of their series, you just get one t-shirt per series, one series medal and a medal shaped like the state for each race in the series. It makes a rather unique and distinctive finisher’s medal collection. They usually have just one aid station unless it is hot, but prepare special entrees every few hours and are well stocked with treats.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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