Overall Rating
Overall Rating (9 Reviews)
4.3
(9 Ratings)(9 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.9
SCENERY
3.1
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
4.3
The Marshall-St. Mary’s University Marathon is dedicated to bringing the HealthierUS Initiative to the area. Exercise is a key component of this and we want everyone to take part in this event either as a runner, walker, or volunteer. The marathon is 2 loops. This allows spectators and family to … MORE
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    jsnitko FIRST-TIMER '18

    I loved this race! I picked it as my West Virginia race and am glad I did. The swag was awesome! We got a nice gender specific jacket, stocking cap … MORE

    I loved this race! I picked it as my West Virginia race and am glad I did. The swag was awesome! We got a nice gender specific jacket, stocking cap and duffel bag. The medal is great too- with the Marshall University logo and stadium on it. The course is 2 loops that goes through Harris Riverfront Park, through Huntington, on the John Ritter Trail and through John Ritter Park, through campus and finishes on the football field in the Marshall University stadium. On your last loop through campus at the end you were given a flower to put on the Memorial Fountain in memory of the victims of the 1970 plane crash which was touching. Then when you finished you could carry a football across the finish line which I thought was unique and cool! The race was organized very well! Great volunteers, plenty of aid stations, good post race food and free beer at the finish. The one thing that could be improved was to put the miles on the course map. The stadium was open before the start so you could use the bathrooms in it. And you could park for free at the stadium and have your car very close to the start and finish. I highly recommend this race!

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    ssabol1562 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is a spectacular race and very well organized! They do a great job of keeping everyone updated as race day approaches, the swag was great as we received a … MORE

    This is a spectacular race and very well organized! They do a great job of keeping everyone updated as race day approaches, the swag was great as we received a gym bag, stocking cap, nice long sleeve shirt (with option to upgrade to a pullover) and a really nice finishers medal.

    The course is very flat and fast..this is a great PR race (I had my fastest time of the year here!) Yes..it really is in West Virginia! If you despise hills, this is the race for you! This race has one of the coolest finishes as you run into the football stadium, get a football tossed to you and then run into the end zone where they have photographers ready to take photos which you later get emailed to you for free!

    The course support is good. Plenty of water stops with great volunteers and cross roads are blocked off and watched volunteers and police.

    Post race includes a beer tent, burgers/dogs and the usual spread of banana’s and water.

    If you run this race, make sure you take time to go over to the memorial to the football team lost in the plane crash many years ago. I also recommend watching the movie “We are Marshall” before going to get the context of what you will see while you are there.

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    DonnaS FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race was well-organized from start to finish. Packet pickup was quick and easy and included a technical shirt for half marathoners. The race was on-time and the course went … MORE

    This race was well-organized from start to finish. Packet pickup was quick and easy and included a technical shirt for half marathoners. The race was on-time and the course went through the small town of Huntington. The parts along the river were the most scenic and my favorite. Crowd support was decent considering the size of the area. One of the most fun parts of the race was finishing on the stadium and being handed a football to finish with (and keep). The medal was nice but a bit on the small side. Food at the finish was hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, chocolate milk, cookies, bananas, and water.

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    dalebassplayer FIRST-TIMER '16

    Far and away the highlight of this race is the stadium finish, but a close second is getting to carry flowers to the memorial fountain on campus. The course got … MORE

    Far and away the highlight of this race is the stadium finish, but a close second is getting to carry flowers to the memorial fountain on campus. The course got a bit lonely and boring on the second loop–required a lot of mental strength. I was also not a fan of the gravel paths in the parks. Post race food and beer were great!

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    bjfuller2000 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Very nice race. Course is flat and fairly fast. Good running weather this year and nice bling. Football at the end and running in the football stadium was a very … MORE

    Very nice race. Course is flat and fairly fast. Good running weather this year and nice bling. Football at the end and running in the football stadium was a very nice touch.

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '16

    I ran Marshall for my WV race and selected it for two reasons: first, it fit into my race schedule and second, it's not billed as "hilly and hot" like … MORE

    I ran Marshall for my WV race and selected it for two reasons: first, it fit into my race schedule and second, it’s not billed as “hilly and hot” like another WV race that’s popular out there. The weather was ideal, and the course had only small hills, enough to keep it interesting and not wear out the same muscles for 26.2 miles.

    Race communication was excellent with lots of updates coming from the RD, especially on Facebook. The swag was also great – a nice Asiacs jacket with the logo plus a gym bag, and you could buy a t-shirt for $8 after the race (worth it, it was a good shirt). The medal was cool too, with the head of the buffalo on it (Marshall’s mascot). PLUS race photos are included! Such a nice perk!!

    The course itself is not particularly exciting, but it’s not bad. It’s two loops starting and ending at the football stadium. Obviously at the 13 mile mark, the half marathoners go finish while the full runners keep going for another loop, which is slightly disheartening but not the only race to do it that way. Parts of the course are blah, with old industrial buildings and some homes lining the roads, but a big chunk of the loop is in a park, which is very nice, and makes up for the other less interesting areas. The highlight, I’d say, is finishing the last .1 miles or so inside the stadium where they give you a football to run into the end zone – very cool! Great volunteers and 11 aid stations on the course rounded out the support side, so definitely no complaints on any of that.

    The after-party was small but complete. Massages, water, beer tent, etc. They were also grilling burgers and hot dogs – I scarfed a burger before hitting the road back home, and it hit the spot. You could also buy merchandise that was leftover which is when I got the shirt. As far as parking and getting in and out of the area, that was a piece of cake, especially if you arrived early; lots of parking at the stadium.

    Overall, I thought it was a nice race. The organization and swag were great, the course was pretty good, and the weather was beautiful. There are several hotel options (pretty cheap) nearby, and some good restaurant options as well. Definitely worth doing, and especially a great option for fifty staters.

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    halfmiler99 FIRST-TIMER '14

    This is a two loop course. Make sure to be prepared for a loop course that, if fast enough, you will encounter on coming traffic from the half marathon finishers … MORE

    This is a two loop course. Make sure to be prepared for a loop course that, if fast enough, you will encounter on coming traffic from the half marathon finishers starting the 2nd loop and will have to weave in and out of them. Mile markers are non standard for and at random locations. Overall decent race

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    geddings FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was a pretty good small race of less than 1,000 runners. Not a bad course, but the 3 miles on the limestone trail at Ritter is tight, and not … MORE

    This was a pretty good small race of less than 1,000 runners. Not a bad course, but the 3 miles on the limestone trail at Ritter is tight, and not much room for passing. But it is all about the finish. You finish on the Marshall University football field. They give you a football to carry across the goal line (the finish line). Good water stop spacing. Aggressive start, no spacing. They didn’t really announce the start warning, it was just fire the cannon and go! I’d recommend it if you need the state of WV.

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    troll2069 FIRST-TIMER '15

    I wanted to run this race because my Mom’s side of the family lives just about 10 miles from the run and my Mom not only graduated from Marshall with … MORE

    I wanted to run this race because my Mom’s side of the family lives just about 10 miles from the run and my Mom not only graduated from Marshall with her Master’s degree, but she was a professor there for a number of years. She recently had a stroke and I had not been able to visit her yet, so this was a great opportunity for accomplish both.
    The weather had been chilly, but warmed up nicely on race morning. There were some sprinkles, but they stopped before the run. The course was through the streets of Huntington, mostly flat the whole way. The route wound through the streets, down into a park along the river, back into the streets, and there was a little hill until we emerged on a nice walking trail. There was excellent spectator support, the band was playing in the park, and people on their porches watching.
    I knew the end involved running into the stadium, getting a football, and scoring a touchdown. I did not know it was down and back, so as I ran down the ramp with my water bottle in my pocket so I could easily grab the football, I mustered up the last remaining energy to sprint down the football field. To my surprise once we reached the 20 yard line we turned to run to the other sideline, then back to the other end of the field to finish. I kept thinking don’t fall now! I made it and it was a good time. Another thing I wished I knew was the food being grilled in the parking lot was free. I was hungry, but walked back to my car thinking I left my wallet there…but as it turns out the food was for us.
    I purchased the warm-up jacket and it was nice to have in the morning. The medal was cool, the town is great, and I enjoyed the race. I was nice to be able to get to spend time with my family during the same time. I definitely recommend this one.

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