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The New England Green River Marathon is as scenic as it is fast. Running along the mostly wooded banks of the Green River, from Marlboro College in Vermont to Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts, the downhill course features a net 1,450-foot drop. If you like small, rural, community races through … MORE
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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was Marathon #61 and I was coming off a tough, slow, hot, hilly race in Vermont in July. This was just what the doctor ordered. It was the first … MORE

    This was Marathon #61 and I was coming off a tough, slow, hot, hilly race in Vermont in July. This was just what the doctor ordered. It was the first year of the race but hopefully they’ll put it on again next year!

    First, it’s very small. The race was capped at 350 runners and there was a waitlist if you didn’t jump on it quickly. It’s only a marathon, no half or 10k. I met some runners who did make it off the list to run though. They have a nice informative website and good communication before the race. Also good pics of the course on Facebook. This race does something unusual (that I love, personally): they mail your bib and some race info ahead of time and there is no expo. Not being a fan of expos, I was happy with that!

    The pre-race situation is easy. Park at Greenfield Community College in MA (plenty of parking) and ride the bus up to Marlboro Community College in VT. They recognized that they need more portojohns so I’ll leave that alone. I had no issue. The start line was very pretty and quiet; there was a trio from the college playing Zydeco music on guitar, violin, and accordion which was cool.

    The start went off without a hitch. You run through the woods on a dirt/gravel path most of the race. It was a great surface and the trees made it shady and soooo refreshingly cool. You’re by the river the majority of the time and it’s just beautiful!! I didn’t take many pictures since I was feeling so good (and set a PR by a few seconds) but it’s gorgeous. It was a semi-warm day overall at the end but I didn’t feel it until the last four or five miles out in the open and even then, not anything compared to Virginia!

    There were a handful of aid stations and cheering spectators, but don’t run this race for crowds. It’s a beautiful run on a nice surface through the woods, not a city race.

    The RD was blowing a funny horn at the finish as runners crossed the finish line and the medal you receive is a really pretty wooden medallion which fits the theme. The shirt is really good too, a nice forest green tech with the logo.

    Overall opinion is this is a great event. Well marked and well organized, I’d do it again. The weather really cooperated, having been rainy prior to the race week (and washing out part of a bridge that they still somehow managed to finagle getting runners across!). Just an overall well done event put on by runners, for runners. Great race!

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 27, 2018 at 2:07am

    Woo-HOO, congrats on the PR!! Not that I"m counting, but isn't that two in the past three marathons? (And we both know Mad doesn't count for PR purposes.) Sounds like… MORE

    Woo-HOO, congrats on the PR!! Not that I"m counting, but isn't that two in the past three marathons? (And we both know Mad doesn't count for PR purposes.) Sounds like an amazing inaugural event, and like you I love love love the old-school idea of having the bib number mailed to me. Plus, It's great to see that a small but beautiful state like Vermont now has another top-notch marathon option. Now if the organizers would just be willing to move the date to the Saturday before Clarence DeMar for us back-to-backers... :) Thanks for the excellent review, and recover well! LESS

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