The Manchester City Marathon is a moderately challenging Boston Qualifier that takes runners on a scenic trip through the historic mill district of the Granite State’s largest city. Runners in the full and half marathon will enjoy a run that includes fabulous views of the Queen City, surrounding areas, and beautiful fall foliage.
The Full Marathon turns right on Elm Street at Mile 13. This will be the location of the second transition. The course then crosses the Merrimack River on the Bridge Street Bridge, and sweeps through the Rimmon Heights section of the city.
At mile 16 the run will cross the Piscataquog River on the Kelly Street Bridge, and then turns right before entering the Piscataquog Trail. From this point on, right through to the finish, the course is very flat. Runners will stay on the rail trail until the UNH Co-op parking lot before a quick run onto Route 114 until the 19-mile mark where they will find the third, and final, relay transition point.
The course turns right on Henry Bridge Road then right again on the Goffstown Rail Trail. This is a very scenic portion of the route as it follows the Piscataquog back to Manchester. At mile 22 the run crosses the new “Trestle” bridge and continues back to the city, crossing the footbridge over the Merrimack River and running the final miles in downtown Manchester with a final trip across the Notre Dame Bridge and back to Elm Street where the race began.
The Half marathon course starts on Elm Street in Downtown Manchester in front of the SNHU Arena, one block from Race Day HQ at Veteran’s Park. Heading south from the start the runners will turn left onto Wyoming Street towards Calef Road. Runners will then face a slight uphill turning on Mitchell Street before a sharp downhill as they descend towards the first a two journeys onto Manchester’s Riverwalk. Runners continue back to Granite Street before a trip past the start line and down Elm Street. They will then journey down Mechanic Street towards Canal Street in the heart of Manchester’s historic mill yard district. The course heads north on to North River Road and travels past Stark Park, named for General John Stark, New Hampshire’s foremost Revolutionary War hero and author of New Hampshire’s motto “Live free or Die.”
This early section of the course consists of rolling hills leading up to the intersection of North River Road and Bennington Street where the run turns right. Just after the 7.5 mile mark the course turns right on Campbell Road and heads downhill to Juniper Street and enters the Dorrs Pond trail.
From here the route crosses the Daniel Webster Highway and turns left then right before entering Belmont Street and heading south. At approximately 10.5 miles the run turns left on Circular Drive and sweeps around the perimeter of Derryfield Park. It exits the park on Bridge St and turns right on to Mammoth Road past the Derryfield Country Club. The course joins Hanover Street for a one-mile cruise back to downtown Manchester. At the intersection of Hanover and Elm Street, the half Marathon turns left and heads to the finish line.
Located in southern New Hampshire, Manchester sits on the banks of the picturesque Merrimack River. Just 45 minutes from Boston, the city offers visitors an array of accommodations and dining, as well as activities that the whole family can enjoy! Mark your calendars and join us for the Manchester City Marathon, powered by SNHU, Half Marathon on Sunday & Penmen for Patriots 5K on Saturday!
A nice but relative hilly course
This marathon is not flat and definitely not one to target for qualifying Boston. But it had awesome pacing teams. The pre- and post-race activities/festivities were adequately and aptly put … MORE
This marathon is not flat and definitely not one to target for qualifying Boston. But it had awesome pacing teams. The pre- and post-race activities/festivities were adequately and aptly put together, especially for the size of the field. Parking options were plenty and straightforward.
Check out my video below for more on the course.
Nice marathon to get NH completed
I did this race to complete NH on my 50 state quest. Logistics were easy with the airport only a few miles away from Manchster and host motel right at … MORE
I did this race to complete NH on my 50 state quest. Logistics were easy with the airport only a few miles away from Manchster and host motel right at the start/finish line. Lots of nice restaurants in easy walking distance.
Race conditions were challenging with cold rain for most of the course.
The race production was good. You can pick up your bib and shirt on race morning. Mile markers were correct and there were plenty of aid stations. The course was nice, although the second half of the marathon was basically an out and back on a bicycle trail. Most of the hills are in the first half. The highlight was a run through a ballpark where they put your image up on the Jumbotron !
Food at the end was minimal and they ran out of hot soup. The shirt was a very nice long sleeve tech shirt and medal was awesome!
Great event **Hills**
This event was really great, even though the weather was not so much. It was cold and rainy, but so well produced. The first half of the race is definitely … MORE
This event was really great, even though the weather was not so much. It was cold and rainy, but so well produced. The first half of the race is definitely hilly so hold on tight, the second half is much easier. There are lots of pacers, well-stocked aid stations and fuel (the maple syrup packets) on course. Huge finisher medal and cool long sleeve shirt. Generous course cut off time, and they keep the finish line open and don’t put away food or anything until the last finisher is done!
Hilly, but Nice!
The packet pickup was in the back of the Millennium Racing store, which was nice to stock up on last minute Gu's (or to get new gear) was an easy … MORE
The packet pickup was in the back of the Millennium Racing store, which was nice to stock up on last minute Gu’s (or to get new gear) was an easy in an out. (Extra tip: 1750 Tap House has good food/beer next door) The shirt was a nice wicking long sleeve shit. Race director was very nice & informative! I think the course was very scenic a majority of the time running around a baseball field (minor league), through some cute neighborhoods, and a few trails (which were flatter). The first 1/2 has more of your hills, and the second have tapered off a bit, minus on last hill about mile 25.5. For a hilly course I really enjoyed this course, and actually had a pretty decent pace. I would certainly do this one again!
P.S. Aide stations were great! Volunteers were very enthusiastic and water/ Gatorade was plentiful!
I paced the 4:30 runners
My first race in NH... started with the rain ended with rain with an average of 49 degrees. Todd and I paced this Hilly race through beautiful and scenic Manchester. … MORE
My first race in NH… started with the rain ended with rain with an average of 49 degrees. Todd and I paced this Hilly race through beautiful and scenic Manchester. Aid stations were well stocked. Volunteers were awesome. Race owner was at the expo and the race. one of my top 10 races.
Love to see Manchester united for this
A silent but deadly smell seeps through downtown Manchester on warm, windy days. Possibly from all the homeless people. It smells like trash, death, and poop had a baby. You'll … MORE
A silent but deadly smell seeps through downtown Manchester on warm, windy days. Possibly from all the homeless people. It smells like trash, death, and poop had a baby. You’ll be walking down the street and then a puff of wind blows in your face and BAM! there goes your appetite. Welcome to Manchester.
If you fly into Boston, like me, Manchester is a 70 minute Greyhound bus ride away. It’s not only the biggest city in New Hampshire, but the best marathon in NH for budget travelers, being the only one reachable by bus from Boston. I didn’t go to the expo since it was in a running store 3 miles outside of town, and the shirts and bibs were available on race day anyway. A nice late starting race (8:50 am) gave me plenty of time to wake up in the morning.
The marathon had about 925 feet of elevation change. The first half was super hilly. Downtown Manchester is on the east side of the Merrimack River. We start and finish downtown, but we cross the river immediately and run 5 miles on a greenway before coming back over and running miles 6-13 in East side neighborhoods. At mile 15 you cross the river a second time and run an out and back for 5 miles in each direction through forests on a dirt-gravel path. This was miserable when it started raining. I couldn’t believe how slow I was on miles 16-20, and blamed it on the loose gravel.
…and then, we hit the turnaround at mile 20, and realized we had been running uphill for FOUR miles straight. And now it was downhill! I was gassed, but those were the easiest miles 20-24 I have ever run. We cross the Merrimack for the fourth time at mile 24 and finish downtown near Veterans Park, in the pouring rain. The crowds were great for a rainy day in a town of 40k. Production was smooth for a smaller race, although the back half was lonely as usual. Prepare for a lot of hills if you run this one, but just know that if you can make it to mile 20, “it’s all downhill from here”.
Fun and varied course
I had low expectations for this race for some reason, but was pleasantly surprised. Loved the course. Yes, it is hilly, but it is never dull, and sometimes really beautiful, … MORE
I had low expectations for this race for some reason, but was pleasantly surprised. Loved the course. Yes, it is hilly, but it is never dull, and sometimes really beautiful, especially along the river. The volunteers were great, even in the rain, as were the spectators cheering in the rain. Everything was perfect in my opinion.
Course notes: Miles 16-20 are on a hard packed trail along the river , surrounded by trees. The prettiest part of the course, but slightly at an incline so your pace may slow a little (mine did). But stick with it, because you turn around after mile 20 and can make up some time going back down the trail. Everything is hunky dory until the last mile when you go up a significant long hill. But you are almost done! When you turn the corner you see the finish line and think I can sprint to the finish, but the course teases you and you have to go around the block and finally see the finish for real. No complaints, but that last 1.2mi could be mentally tough if you are already spent.
I can’t provide my usual detailed review because due to a knee injury I had to withdraw from in-person participation in this race and instead switch to virtual and complete … MORE
I can’t provide my usual detailed review because due to a knee injury I had to withdraw from in-person participation in this race and instead switch to virtual and complete it as a walker. My “shoe” ratings above are based on friends’ reports.
SWAG: The shirt was a long-sleeved tech shirt in red with the marathon logo on the front and “Running Free Because of the Brave” on the back. (This year’s charity was a veterans’ organization.) The medal is NOT the one with the Manchester cityscape pictured on the website for most of the year; it’s an American-themed white shield-shaped medal with blue stars and red vertical stripes. It’s huge and heavy.
I have to give a shout-out to Millennium Running’s customer service, who were very understanding and helpful.
Better in Small Doses but Still Hilly
Last year I did the full marathon so you can read my prior review for full details. This is an extremely well produced race by Millennium Running but extremely hilly … MORE
Last year I did the full marathon so you can read my prior review for full details. This is an extremely well produced race by Millennium Running but extremely hilly and probably my least favorite marathon course I’ve done. This year I happened to be in NH this weekend but wasn’t looking for a long race so I did the half marathon relay with my dad. One of the fun things about a relay is coming up with a name. Our team name was “A Flock of Seagroves.” Packet pick-up is either the morning of the race or the day before at the Millennium Running store. I got it at the store right after the 5K since I also forgot to bring my handheld water bottle to NH and needed to buy one. Again it was set up as a mini kind of expo in the back. Packet included an ankle timer for the relay, the 2 bibs and 2 shirts. I wasn’t a huge fan of the shirts this year. They are long sleeved tech shirts but they were dark grey and the design was kind of simple. The shirts were much better last year. This year weather was perfect. Cool but not too cold and sunny. My dad’s favorite part of a race is the start and mine is the finish so he did the first leg and I did the second. It was a little cold when not running in the morning so I stayed in the car until closer to my leg so didn’t see the start but it had a mass start this year. The relay was well organized and very clear where to go and what to do. My leg was the worst part of the race with all the hills in the suburbs. It is rough. It was not as rough not doing a full marathon but there was still about 500 feet of elevation change in my section. Scenery a mixed bag. Most of this section is in the suburbs and kind of blah but there was pretty fall foliage. There is a pretty but short section on trail. I don’t think downtown Manchester is scenic at all. This is the only marathon I have done where the second half of the marathon that doesn’t share the race with the half is more scenic since the second half is along the rail trail. However I was very happy to just run straight to the finish line and not have to pass it four times like in the marathon. The finish line is set up really well. The medals were great again this year and different from last year. I’m not sure which one is a nicer design though the marathon one is appropriately bigger than the relay one. There was basic food like granola bar, chips, bananas, yogurt, etc and non-alcoholic beer at the finish. There was also soup and alcoholic beer somewhere but I didn’t get those. I still feel the same way about this race. Not my favorite course but top-notch organization and super convenient location if you are traveling to NH.
Nice Warm-up Run on Rail Trail
They listened to me and decided to keep the Manchester City 5K on Saturday before the longer races on Sunday which was great so I could do a double this … MORE
They listened to me and decided to keep the Manchester City 5K on Saturday before the longer races on Sunday which was great so I could do a double this weekend. They used the same course they did last year which is an out and back along the rail trail behind the baseball stadium in Manchester. Packet pick-up was the morning of the race. This year it was a gradual mass start where we lined up by pace and went off a few at a time to avoid the trail being too crowded. It was chipped time at start and finish. I lined up at 10 to 11 minute/mile pace which is what I ran. Runners did a pretty good job lining up and were most running my pace. There was a bit of a back-up on the uphill at the bridge as a few people walked this section. Other than the bridge the rest is flat or just an incline/decline along the rail trail. It is paved but soft pavement so a nice surface for a warm-up. They call you name at the finish and there were a few snacks, water, chocolate milk and non-alcoholic beer. There is no extra swag if you do the 5K and a longer race but if you just do the 5K you get the race shirt. It is a long sleeved tech shirt. It’s nice quality but I didn’t like the color this year (dark grey) and the design was kind of plain. I still wish they would have some kind of challenge medal or other extra swag item for people who do the Saturday 5K and a longer Sunday race. Overall nice warm-up. Not the most exciting 5K course since it would probably be too much to close the streets of Manchester both Saturday and Sunday. I’d recommend this race if you are doing a longer distance on Sunday
Hilliest and Hottest Marathon Yet
I have very mixed feelings about this race. It was amazingly well-produced, had great swag and I am very grateful to be able to run another safe marathon this year … MORE
I have very mixed feelings about this race. It was amazingly well-produced, had great swag and I am very grateful to be able to run another safe marathon this year especially given this is a pretty large event. This was one of the largest running events in the US since the LA marathon with well over 1000 participants. However I was not a huge fan of the course at all. Packet pick-up was either at the Millenium Running store or race day morning. I got my packet on Friday with my dad who was doing the half marathon. Packet pick-up was kind of cool as they set it up as sort of a mini expo in the back of the store. There was music and places for pics and some other marathon items for sale and the RD was there to greet runners. Not a true expo with other vendors but you could then buy anything in the store you forgot. Packet pick up included the bibs and a long sleeved tech shirt. Really liked the shirt. Nice blue color with race logo and I am in need of some more long sleeved shirts to run in so will definitely use it. The race started in downtown Manchester. Had the same start protocols as the NH 10 miler and New England half. It was by Veterans Park which was appropriate since this race is always the weekend before Veterans days and raises money for Veteren charities and convenient since there was lots of outdoor area for racers to social distance. The weather this year was unusually hot. My last 3 marathons I was worried it would be really hot and did specific heat training for them. This marathon I was worried would be bitterly cold and windy so bought and tried out all these winter running gear and did a miserable training run in the rain in preparation for this race and ironically this was my hottest marathon. Not dangerously hot but it was slightly uncomfortably hot since as a slower runner I started around 9am and ran in the heat of the day. It was probably nice weather for the faster runners with earlier starts. This race started just about on time and I started really close to my assigned time. The course was modified this year so there was more on the rail trails however I heard they added extra hills. The first five miles of the race were a loop through some suburbs and the paved part of the rail trail. This part was pretty nice. 2 steep but not too long hills in the burbs and lovely running on trail and then looping back to downtown Manchester. The next 8 miles were horrible. A super hilly 8 mile loop through the suburbs of Manchester. These hills were as bad or maybe worse than Amish Country Running Festival and while the suburbs were pretty enough the scenery was not nice enough to make up for the hills like Amish Country. Plus the heat did not help on some of the unshaded hills. There was this awful hill around mile 11 that almost killed me. The end of this section is through some not very nice areas of Manchester. Didn’t feel unsafe as there was police presence but didn’t help the experience. Then you go back to downtown Manchester and I was jealous to see the half marathoners run through the finish line while I had to keep going. Usually it isn’t until mile 16 to 20 that I get sick of running but I was over it after those hills. Luckily the second half of the course is much better with most of it on the rail trail. The rail trail is lovely and the first part on soft pavement and the second part on non-technical trail. It was very pretty and peaceful. Although past peak fall foliage season the trees were still quite beautiful. There were a few off shoots in the suburbs off the trail which were annoying and hilly but in general the second half was much, much better than the first. Unfortunately I was so tired out from the first half I couldn’t take complete advantage of the nice second half of the course. You exit the rail trail and go back to the city and see the finish line at about mile 25.5. You are so tired of running you hope they accidentally measured the course short or you killed the tangents but then your heart sinks and you realize you have to go past the finish line and run around a block and then come back through. My dad who finished his half a few hours ago met me at this section and we walked together a bit and then I ran the last quarter mile or so towards the finish line to get an under 5:50 finish. The medal is amazing. Absolutely huge and it spins. Has the logo with the image of downtown Manchester and is just beautiful. One of my favorites and most deserved medals. I was very happy that even though I was an extra slow turtle this race, aid stations were well stocked throughout race with water and Powerade and 2 with maple syrup instead of gel (yummy and so New England) and there was plenty of food left at the finish area. This year just grab n go stuff like granola bars, fruits and chips along with water and powerade bottles. I grabbed a granola bar and headed to a meal with my parents (not sure what meal is at 3:30 sort of a combined lunch and dinner). My dad (who is a better runner than me) said it was the hardest half he ever did and was 15 minutes slower than his previously slowest half and even he had to walk some of the hills which made me feel better about this being 15 minutes slower than my slowest marathon. As I said I have mixed feelings about this race. If you are looking for a NH race I’m sure you can find an easier course but this one is really well-produced, has amazing swag and is very back of the pack friendly but not the course if you want to PR or BQ. Manchester is also a very easy location to get to. There is a small regional airport in Manchester which is super easy to get in and out of and Manchester is not far from Boston if you can only fly to a bigger airport. I’m actually planning to be in NH again this weekend next year. I am definitely never doing this full marathon again but I think me and my dad may do the half relay or if he isn’t available I might do the half.
Warm-up Race on the Rail Trail
Normally this 5K is on Sunday the same day as the full and half marathon. However due to covid this year they moved the 5K to Saturday which meant double … MORE
Normally this 5K is on Sunday the same day as the full and half marathon. However due to covid this year they moved the 5K to Saturday which meant double race weekend! This was well organized with the same format as other Millenium Running Races. It was a modified course this year so no roads had to be closed and was a lovely out and back on the rail trail. Mostly flat just a bridge to go over twice. I thought it was a great 5K course as the rail trail was beautiful but would have been congested with a mass start. I ran this very easy at training pace so obviously was a slow 5K for me. One improvement would be to have an aid station at the halfway point since it was unseasonably warm this weekend. Also there was no additional swag for doing the 5K. 5Kers got the race weekend shirt which is really nice but since I was doing the marathon the next day I already got the shirt and no medal for 5K. I would have loved if they added a challenge medal but they switched the date for the 5K only a few weeks in advance so understandable why they didn’t have one. Would be great if they kept the 5K Saturday for future races and made it a challenge.
Great race but....HILLS!!!
Pros: 1. Some nice parts of the course. Running on the bike path was probably my favorite part of the course. 2. There is a hotel located right by the … MORE
1. Some nice parts of the course. Running on the bike path was probably my favorite part of the course.
2. There is a hotel located right by the start/ finish which is super convenient!
3. Nice long sleeve shirt and a HUGE finisher medal
1. Tough course. Nonstop HILLS! Plus they take the full marathon runners past the finish line twice before the actual finish which is brutal.
Everything worked out
The Expo was small, in a nice running store. The parking was tight, but people did not stay long and spaces seemed to open up just in time. The weather … MORE
The Expo was small, in a nice running store. The parking was tight, but people did not stay long and spaces seemed to open up just in time. The weather was predicted to be really cold, but felt better than the temperature would indicate. I was comfortable in shorts, long socks, long sleeves, hat and gloves. The porta-potties had long lines (including some spectators) and were far enough away from the start, that it was difficult to hear any information from the race director. It also started about two minutes early which left quite a few people late to the starting line. The hills were plentiful, but only one around the two mile mark was a bit steep with a slightly uncontrolled descent. The scenery, especially on the trail portion along the river, was gorgeous although some portions were a bit wet and slippery. I was wearing relatively smooth racing shoes; if you wear shoes with better grips everything would be fine. Going by the finish line two times before actually getting to stop could be disconcerting for people struggling to complete the distance however, it also allowed for spectators the ability to cheer three times without having to go far. Overall, there is nothing to worry about. Go run this race!
Terrific Small Race Great for 50 Staters
A well-organized and friendly race 1-hour from Boston. Be prepared for chilly weather and colorful fall foliage. Race day bib pick up was a plus for me. Some runners complained … MORE
A well-organized and friendly race 1-hour from Boston. Be prepared for chilly weather and colorful fall foliage. Race day bib pick up was a plus for me. Some runners complained about the hills. I found them moderate and only in the first half of the course. Great race medal, but no post-race food. Passing the finish at mile 25 is torture. I’m signed up again for next year.
Nice fall New England marathon
It's been awhile since I've run a fall marathon with fall foliage--I'd forgotten how much I enjoy seeing it. This year (2019) was quite chilly, but that only added to … MORE
It’s been awhile since I’ve run a fall marathon with fall foliage–I’d forgotten how much I enjoy seeing it.
This year (2019) was quite chilly, but that only added to the “fall-ness” of the race. I found the course to be hilly–and somehow, it always seemed to be uphill, never downhill. You pass by the finish line multiple times, which is especially cruel when it happens around mile 25.
This is a small race (less than 400 full marathoners), but they really take care of their runners. Special callout to race director John Mortimer. He personally made me feel welcomed and supported during the race. As a back of the pack-er, this is huge! This race also redefines “sweeper” in a way that I just love! Here, the sweeper is someone to avoid or stay in front of. Here, the sweeper stays with whomever is in the last position on the course (so this can change over 26.2 miles). The sweeper doesn’t threaten (“you’ll be taken off the course”), doesn’t say unhelpful things (“run faster”), but instead is there to encourage and to say “you will be allowed to finish no matter how much time it takes. I’m here to make sure you don’t get lost and that you have everything you need.” For several miles I was the last person and I am truly grateful for Esther who kept it real and kept me entertained.
Swag includes a long sleeve technical shirt (okay) and a big medal (nice). The hotel was mere steps from the start and finish line.
For 50-staters or anyone looking for a nice, small, fall New England race, I would definitely recommend this marathon.
Truly a great little marathon
This is a very hilly marathon and not the option to choose to get a PR or BQ, but if you love a good challenge, you will enjoy this race. … MORE
This is a very hilly marathon and not the option to choose to get a PR or BQ, but if you love a good challenge, you will enjoy this race. The course is very scenic with long stretches along and across the Merrimack River. The course mixes in a large amount of trail running (that was gorgeous at this time of year). The course has changed slightly (mostly at the end) since 2014 when I last ran it. This change is for the better and allowed my son to see me run by the Elm St portion of the course multiple times which gave me a boost. Very well organized and the citizens of Manchester took pride in the event. This is a marathon to run if you love a great course and are not obsessed with getting your BQ.
Wonderful relay experience
I ran the marathon relay, so I can only speak to my portion of the race, which was primarily on the rail trail from Goffstown. It was a fun race, … MORE
I ran the marathon relay, so I can only speak to my portion of the race, which was primarily on the rail trail from Goffstown. It was a fun race, great energy, wonderful support stations and volunteers. Great swag and afterparty. Loved it!
Come back to Manchester
Since Millenium Running took over and re-designed the course, this has become a much more runnable race and much fairer in terms of being able to PR, which I did … MORE
Since Millenium Running took over and re-designed the course, this has become a much more runnable race and much fairer in terms of being able to PR, which I did by 8 minutes last fall. Starting downtown, which admittedly isn’t the most scenic place, the race gets out of the main part of the city and onto the bikepath along the river, before heading back downtown and onto a nice tour around the city’s recreational trails and hilly streets. For spectators it is nice because the runners pass through the downtown area a few times along the way. Perhaps the nicest addition is the 5-6 mile portion near the end along the newly renovated Goffstown rail trail which is virtually flat and is a welcome relief after running some pretty hilly portions up to that point. The race got a bad rap for years because it was very difficult and too hilly but they recently amended the course and it made it faster. Some pretty fast runners have recently pr’d here and if you give it a shot, it’d be a nice way to check off New Hampshire on your 50 state list.
Did not enjoy the course!
No expo beforehand but it was an easy no-frills way to pick up your bib and shirt at Millennium's store quickly. I think Millennium Running tried their best to put … MORE
No expo beforehand but it was an easy no-frills way to pick up your bib and shirt at Millennium’s store quickly.
I think Millennium Running tried their best to put on a good experience for the runners. There was a Marathon, a Half Marathon, a Relay Marathon and a 5K all on the same day. The sponsor tent area was good and Veteran’s Park made a good athletes village. But there were only 584 runners in the marathon, with maybe a matching amount of half marathoners. When the half peeled off you could really feel the difference. I wasn’t a fan of the relay going on at the same time. It was discouraging to see the fresher runners on the same course – it was the first race I’ve seen that with that format.
The first half was pretty brutal – really hilly and mainly uphill. The 2nd half wasn’t as bad but the Goffstown Trail was a gradual uphill for 2 miles before looping around the women’s prison and coming back. The hills and trail had you pretty beat up by then but looking into the yard at the women’s prison you realize it could be worse. It was a lot of runners to put on a fairly narrow stone-dust trail be careful of the roots and rocks. I saw a couple face plants. Besides for that loop, you actually had to pass the finish line on Elm Street and run a loop across Bridge Street (2 miles) before coming back to the finish. So discouraging to see the finish and then find out you had 2 more miles to go.
Water stops were good – Powerade at every station with Gu’s at two of them. Volunteers were very nice. More spectators along the course than I would have thought. Overall, I hated the course and other runners I talked with on the road were not fans either. Shirt was very nice! Parking was plentiful and close to the starting line.
This could be a nice race if a friendlier course can be mapped out. To be clear, I thought the course was terrible but everything else about it was good.