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Overall Rating (66 Reviews)
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(66 Ratings)(66 Reviews)
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The Modesto Marathon course features a downtown 7 a.m. start on M Street, between 10th and 11th streets, and travels through scenic tree-lined historic college neighborhoods, including the celebrated “house in the middle of the road.” Runners will then head past Modesto Junior College’s west campus, and into the countryside … MORE
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    luv2gether4ever FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first half ever that I completed this year. I signed up to do the full marathon next year. It was convenient for me because I only live … MORE

    This was my first half ever that I completed this year. I signed up to do the full marathon next year. It was convenient for me because I only live 20min away but it’s also a Boston qualifier.

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    sfgal78 FIRST-TIMER '18

    after the months of hard training & early morning wake up calls, running in the cold, heat, wind, rain, on pavement, on gravel, in mud (when it rained), all of … MORE

    after the months of hard training & early morning wake up calls, running in the cold, heat, wind, rain, on pavement, on gravel, in mud (when it rained), all of my efforts paid off in modesto on march 11, 2018.

    note that the modesto marathon isn’t just a marathon, it offers several distances, something for everyone:
    1. full marathon
    2. half marathon
    3. half marathon relay
    4. 5k

    what i liked about this race:
    -reasonable race entry fee, i paid $112 (incl. taxes) for the full marathon, and this was just 11 days before race day (late entry fee)
    -pre race expo the day before, allowing runners to pick up their bibs, shirts, etc and figure out where to eat pre-race & post-race meals
    -weather was perfect, about 43 & foggy at the start, no wind, and somewhere in the mid 50s & sunny when i finished (much warmer for others who finished later)
    -dedicated pacers for most boston qualifying times (marathon), and common goal times (half marathon)
    -mid-sized event, with ~600 marathoners & ~1200 half marathoners toeing the start line together
    -course was pancake flat, with just 1 uphill & downhill ramp (which we had to cross twice, near mile 4 and again at mile 24)
    -very accurate distance, according to my garmin, i ran 26.26mi which is pretty much spot on for the official marathon distance
    -plenty of aid stations along the way
    -friendly volunteers
    -quite a few cheer stations, folks dressed up in costume, spectators cheering their loved ones, and even farmers who came out and shook their cow bells at us!
    -a bright red, technical fiber short-sleeve t and a black fleece-lined zip hoodie
    -the finisher medal was about 5 1/2″ long, which was the largest medal i’d ever received for completing a race!
    -for those who bq’d (qualified for boston), we earned a fluorescent yellow tshirt with “I BQ’d at the Modesto Marathon” on the back and a bumper sticker
    -since i placed 2nd in my age group, i was also awarded an insulated coffee cup…this was a complete surprise since i never expected to place at a large event!

    what i did not like about this race:
    -the course was not very scenic, and near the turnaround point (mile 14), it was actually quite boring, just looking at farm after farm
    -would have liked more music along the course, especially after the full & half marathon split and the course emptied out a bit…there were a couple of music stations, but not many, and i would only hear the music for 5-10 seconds at a time
    -average post-race food spread. i saw only some bars, mini-boxes of raisins, chocolate milk, clementines, and water (which was given out right after the finish arch). would have liked some heavier carbs, especially for the full marathon finishers…maybe bagels and bananas?
    -there was electrolyte fluid (powerade/gatorade) available at the medical tent, which was inside and shaded, but i didn’t see any electrolytes at the finisher food area…this would have been helpful especially given the rising temps and hot sun

    despite the minor shortcomings, i really enjoyed this event, and it will always hold a special place in my heart and my running career b/c i will remember modesto as the place where i qualified for the boston marathon, also known as the holy grail of marathons, the biggest/grandest of the world major marathons.

    if you’re looking for a race to run a personal best or qualify for boston, look no further….sign up for the modesto marathon! 2019 is their 10yr anniversary which is sure to be the best yet!

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    PeteSinCA Apr 27, 2018 at 7:03am

    Congratulations on BQing! And thanks for the informative review!

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    sfgal78 May 03, 2018 at 7:59am

    thanks pete!!

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    yaomin-chen FIRST-TIMER '18

    Throughout most of 2017 I was quite bothered by Achilles bursitis and plantar fasciitis. I signed up for Modesto 2017 but had to change to the half marathon one week … MORE

    Throughout most of 2017 I was quite bothered by Achilles bursitis and plantar fasciitis. I signed up for Modesto 2017 but had to change to the half marathon one week before the race. It has always been on my mind that I need to complete this race. Finally this year I got to do it but I was not in my best shape in terms of training (still bothered by the bursitis somewhat). But since the temperature on the race day is the right, not too high, and the course is flat so I decided to give it a try. And I am glad that I made the decision.
    Definitely not my best performance, as I tried not to re-injure myself. I decided to enjoy the scenery and the cheering crowd. Oh boy I opened my senses and enjoyed the view of the wide open field, quite a contrast to the busy and crowded landscape of the Bay Area where I am from. I also feel the genuine hospitality of the local folks and students working at the aid stations.
    I feel the event is very well organized, definitely no complaint. I appreciate the often sight of medical staff who checked back and forth along the course to see if anyone needs help. It gave me great peace of mind as I was not sure whether I would be able to finish the 26 miles when I started.
    The trial KT tape given as part of race packet was very helpful. I used it to secure my Achilles tendon area and it worked perfectly.
    Will I come back to run again? Definitely. The course, scenery and people that I met have helped my mood quite a bit. It lifted my spirit (yeah I am back in marathon!) . Since the course is flat, I also want to set a PR here one day.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 26, 2018 at 10:15pm

    Congrats on conquering the marathon, Yaomin! Having recovered from plantar fasciitis four years ago (and thinking at times I'd never run again), I have a lot of empathy for what you've gone through, and I'm rooting for you to heal your bursitis and make a full recovery very soon. And I look forward to congratulating you on your new marathon PR when you do! :)

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    noneleft FIRST-TIMER '18

    First time running the Modesto Marathon and my second marathon. I heard good things about the production and swag, so i decided to check it out. Race communication was great. … MORE

    First time running the Modesto Marathon and my second marathon. I heard good things about the production and swag, so i decided to check it out.

    Race communication was great. The expo and bib/shirt/jacket pick up location and process was very easy. Half marathoners, relay runners, and marathoners received a very nice hooded zip-up jacket. Next year is the 10th anniversary and they are already planning on giving away a duffel bag.
    The race itself started at 7am for half, relay, and marathoners. I enjoyed the course. Runners travel from downtown to the historic, tree-lined college neighborhoods. After passing the Modesto Junior College west campus, they head into the countryside viewing the beautiful Diablo Mountain Range and passing the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge. Runners then make their way back toward town, finishing near the start line. This course is flat except for the overpass that they named Mt. Modesto. that measure 113′ 4″. It was very funny to see the sign. The course is an out and back. Timing mats are at 7 mi, 13.1 mi, 14.1 mi, and 20 mi to keep the cheaters from cutting the course, like that has happened in the past. The 14.1 mat keeps people from doing this. All the orchard trees were in bloom and looked pretty. You are running in the country and there are some country smells. Nothing to keep you from running this race, though There are ample aid stations and the locals had tables set up with bottled water, food bars, and fruit, too.
    I set a PR at this race. I finished in 5:53:12 and when I came across the finish line, there were still people there to cheer for me. It was nice. The medal was awesome. It was 5.5″ and weighed 10 oz. They did a super job with it this year.
    I will definitely run Modesto again. I would probably do the half, just to try something different, but definitely give the marathon a run, if you’ve never done it before.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 26, 2018 at 9:30pm

    Congrats on the PR, Barbara! Modesto sounds like the right place for it — a pleasant, flat course without any of the stresses of urban running. Love watching you continue to improve as a runner, and no doubt it's just a matter of time until your marathon PR falls again. Thanks for another excellent review!

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    patumaliuan REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is my third year running this race with my cousin, and we already signed up for next year, along with my parents up for the 5k. It's always great … MORE

    This is my third year running this race with my cousin, and we already signed up for next year, along with my parents up for the 5k. It’s always great coming home from LA and running through downtown and then through the orchards. This year the flowers were in bloom so it was exceptionally beautiful, it looked like snow on the ground. I tried to take it easy since this is the first long run that I’ve done since tearing my calf muscle last year, so I’m glad there were a lot of watering stations and a first aid car driving around, just in case.
    Everything always runs smoothly at the expo and the race. The lines for the bathrooms were more efficient this year as well.
    There is a mountain in the course that is crossed twice, Mt. Modesto, but it’s a great overpass with a lot of room for the runners.
    I also appreciate all of the people cheering and volunteering. They’re all wonderful. Especially the orchestra that always plays every year in the park. Those kids are troopers for playing out in the early morning cold.
    Because of this race I was planning to do others around the area, but this is the only one on a Sunday, so it’s the only one I can do. Oh well.
    I Love Modesto. ^^

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 26, 2018 at 9:31pm

    OUCH — congrats on your first half marathon since your calf injury, Paul! Glad it held up and hope it recovered well after the run. And gotta love the moniker "Mt. Modesto," that made me smile. Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review!

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    RunnerMattK REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Ran this race since 2014 and has never disappointed - BQ’d every year except this year...IT band issue mike 21, and even then was only a few minutes from qualifying. … MORE

    Ran this race since 2014 and has never disappointed – BQ’d every year except this year…IT band issue mike 21, and even then was only a few minutes from qualifying.

    Went from 2:58 Nov ‘13 to 2:44 in Mar ‘14. Flat course, plenty of aid/water stations throughout. Swag and finisher medals are always great, beer garden is great, community feel for this race is very uplifting and inviting. Will continue to do this race.

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '18

    If you're trying to qualify this would be a good race to train for as a qualifying course. I'll definitely be training for this race in 2019 so hopefully i … MORE

    If you’re trying to qualify this would be a good race to train for as a qualifying course. I’ll definitely be training for this race in 2019 so hopefully i win this entry. 🙂

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    pwrhtr13 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race event means so much to me. I remember my first halfarathon was this race back in 2015. I was 182 pounds and remember finishing 3hrs and 9 minutes; … MORE

    This race event means so much to me. I remember my first halfarathon was this race back in 2015. I was 182 pounds and remember finishing 3hrs and 9 minutes; averaging a 14:00 min/mi. That was a struggle for me and I remember wondering if I was going to be able to do ish the race. Hearing the crowds cheering you along the corner and pushing you to finish helped me finish my 1st half. I ran it again in 2016 with a time of 2hrs 20 min and 40 pounds lighter. As I registered and trained myself for 2017 to possibly achieve another PR, I was forced to defer my entry to 2018 due to my diagnosis with stage 2B cancer. I was determined in 2018 to continue to move forward and run the whole thing. I did!…and finished with a time of 2hrs 18 minutes. This is the only race that my mother comes to watch and support me as her medical conditions limit her to travel far (she lives in turlock) and I live south of Fresno. This event means so much to me, the hometown feel of everyone there cheering; the packers pushing you all the way to the finish line; the personable and friendly volunteers and directors that work behind the scenes, is why I return year after year!.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 27, 2018 at 12:30am

    This is amazing, Kayhlen — CONGRATS on all you've overcome and everything you've accomplished. And I hope your cancer is now in your rearview mirror — I know it's a lifelong battle, but it definitely sounds like you have the mindset and the mettle to come out on top. Here's hoping Modesto continues to be an annual source of inspiration for you — next year, 2 hrs 15 min! And I'll be rooting for you every step of the way. 👏

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    saric2000 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a very flat course with only one tiny hill ( freeway overpass actually). I was pleasantly suprised with the scenery! This was also one of the most organized … MORE

    This was a very flat course with only one tiny hill ( freeway overpass actually). I was pleasantly suprised with the scenery! This was also one of the most organized races I have been to & the volunteers were very helpful.

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    LynetteScott REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is why this is a great race for beginners. It is my 9th Modesto Marathon. I am a turtle runner. Last year, A car stopped in front of me … MORE

    This is why this is a great race for beginners. It is my 9th Modesto Marathon. I am a turtle runner. Last year, A car stopped in front of me on a pedestrian crossing when I was on a cross training bike ride Halloween Morning, and I broke my Pelvis and Right arm. So Training was sadly interrupted.
    My Orthopedic Dr had given me permission to run as I healed well.
    The last 6 miles I started to be Nauseated and found it very hard to continue, Thanks to the volunteers and onlookers, Aid Stations, Apricot Beer at the home made brewery, chairs and encouragement I did get to the finish line. Although 45mins late with 2 people behind me, we were allowed an early start, there were still people to cheer us over the line.

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    pheidipides2018 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Completely flat course. Surrounding is surprisingly clean and neat. People are in general very friendly. Half and full Marathon starts together, making the initial several miles a bit crowded. MORE

    Completely flat course.
    Surrounding is surprisingly clean and neat.
    People are in general very friendly.
    Half and full Marathon starts together, making the initial several miles a bit crowded.

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    torrescy1 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I loved the swag and Modesto puts its hard work to make this race better each year! It was a wonderful experience for me personally! Can’t wait for next years … MORE

    I loved the swag and Modesto puts its hard work to make this race better each year! It was a wonderful experience for me personally! Can’t wait for next years run.

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    jinguo.niu FIRST-TIMER '18

    Best place to run to attempt BQ! There’s only one bridge loop at about 4 miles point, other than that it’s about flat. Being flat but not boring. MORE

    Best place to run to attempt BQ! There’s only one bridge loop at about 4 miles point, other than that it’s about flat. Being flat but not boring.

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    rogermodmar REPEAT RUNNER '18

    flat course starting in the college neighborhood and running through orchards and dairies the on course support is great lots of well stocked aid stations and nice engagement with the … MORE

    flat course starting in the college neighborhood and running through orchards and dairies the on course support is great lots of well stocked aid stations and nice engagement with the fans on the course around mile 21 a great group supporter have a beer stop with some great tasting micro brews

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    susyfav REPEAT RUNNER '18

    You can find support all long the race, volunteers and family and friends are the best! The Finish line is very good organized. The last runner receicived a lot of … MORE

    You can find support all long the race, volunteers and family and friends are the best! The Finish line is very good organized. The last runner receicived a lot of love and support as the very first one.
    Note: Medal: Smaller and delicated one is much better than bigger, just saying
    No elevation on the course.
    Good for Boston Qualifying.

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    theresa076 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is perfect for a first full marathon runner. There is only one hill (freeway overpass) that has a gentle grade. The event itself if very well managed. I … MORE

    This race is perfect for a first full marathon runner. There is only one hill (freeway overpass) that has a gentle grade. The event itself if very well managed. I appreciate the free race photos! I would have liked the vendors/activites to stay until the course cut off time of 7 hours.

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    daniellvecchione REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Aide stations were great this year! I always enjoy this local run and seeing the community out in full force! Cheering on all these amazing kids taking part in Teens … MORE

    Aide stations were great this year! I always enjoy this local run and seeing the community out in full force! Cheering on all these amazing kids taking part in Teens Runs Modesto is always my favorite part

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    flort637 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my time doing this race and its really wonderful. I definitely recommend it. The scenery is beautiful and the course is flat and easy. MORE

    This was my time doing this race and its really wonderful. I definitely recommend it. The scenery is beautiful and the course is flat and easy.

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    wingtatchan FIRST-TIMER '18

    The Event was very organized The volunteers and neighbors were awesome, they cheered up all the way. Swag bag was good including a free jacket. The medal is very big. … MORE

    The Event was very organized
    The volunteers and neighbors were awesome, they cheered up all the way.
    Swag bag was good including a free jacket.
    The medal is very big. Feel great.

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    lrcouto82 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is a great flat race if you are looking for one!! Great cheering crowds along the course, including runners. I love and enjou doing this race and plan to … MORE

    This is a great flat race if you are looking for one!! Great cheering crowds along the course, including runners. I love and enjou doing this race and plan to continue to do in the future.

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