Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
5
(4 Ratings)  (4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4
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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    This is an absolute GEM of a marathon. The course is stunning, it is lush and private and beautiful - 26.2 miles of woods and river and waterfalls and quaint … MORE

    This is an absolute GEM of a marathon. The course is stunning, it is lush and private and beautiful – 26.2 miles of woods and river and waterfalls and quaint VT/MA architecture, it was just such a pleasure to take it all in.

    The race started on time with little hoopla, and the weather was absolutely perfect for late August in New England. I was dropped off at the start so didn’t experience the buses, but there were plenty of portapotties and an easy bag check.

    The course description on the website is so detailed and accurate I won’t go into much here. If you are looking for a BQ or a PR this is an ideal race. The three hills are not too tough, and you are essentially running downhill the entire time unless you are climbing one of those hills. The descent in the first two miles is pretty steep! There were abundant, well-staffed aid stations with friendly volunteers. This was a very, very small race. I think fewer than 300 runners? I am a middle-of-the-pack runner, and from about mile 9 onwards I ran completely alone. If you are looking for the dense pack of runners and crowds you get in a city marathon this is not the race for you. With that said, there were several crews of locals out cheering along the course and one woman even set up an unofficial aid station in her yard which was lovely.

    I love that there was a photographer at two different spots on the course and the pictures were amazing (and free!).

    The finish area celebration was lovely – several different food trucks, snacks/beer/ice cream for free with registration, plus music and a massage tent.

    I love that your registration fees are in support of the CT river conservancy, love supporting a good cause.

    A few nit-picks: there was a fork in the course between mile 11 and 12 that was not marked. Because it’s such a small field I was running completely alone and spent about 0.8 miles guessing/hoping I picked the right direction. Would love a sign for that spot. Also, they offered Untapped gels at the aid stations but only communicated that about 1.5 weeks before the race so I wasn’t able to practice with that brand. Would have appreciated much more advanced notice about that.

    Honestly, if it worked for my schedule and life I would/will probably run this race every single year. It was such a blast.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    leastman FIRST-TIMER '21

    Gorgeous scenery with a wonderful small town environment, friendly and helpful volunteers, great t shirts! Really enjoyed sitting at the greenfield community college after to enjoy music, food and beverage! MORE

    Gorgeous scenery with a wonderful small town environment, friendly and helpful volunteers, great t shirts! Really enjoyed sitting at the greenfield community college after to enjoy music, food and beverage!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    SlowJuan FIRST-TIMER '21

    Hard not to think about John Denver’s soothing hit from the ‘70s when you run the Green River Marathon. Touted as one of the most scenic marathon courses in the … MORE

    Hard not to think about John Denver’s soothing hit from the ‘70s when you run the Green River Marathon. Touted as one of the most scenic marathon courses in the nation, it does not disappoint. The first 20 miles of the course run alongside the beautiful Green River where runners are never far from the sound of water tumbling down the steep, rocky course of the stream or cascading in from small waterfalls. (The constant susurration of the River made frequent “biological breaks” a necessity. Pretty sure my bladder could hear all that flowing water.)
    The first mile of the race is the absolute steepest. Expect a wide-eyed, adrenaline-fueled, downhill stampede from the Starting Line ….. but consider tapping-the-brakes and conserving your shock absorbers for what is yet to come. The race course has a net downhill drop of more than 1,400 feet, which would appear to be an invitation for a PR or BQ, but there’s also 650 feet of uphill elevation hidden deceptively along the course. Watch for grinder-grades at M17 and M21, which can be soul breakers at that stage of the race.
    Highlights? There are many: Corridors of trees that canopy the course for miles, like a long green tunnel. Glimpses of the scenic Berkshires through the leaves. The forest floor of moss-covered logs and dense ferns. Quiet stretches of peaceful, cool silence to find your Zen-rhythm. An historic covered bridge at Mile 10. (Don’t run across too many of those in Oklahoma.) And my new favorite discovery?!? The aid stations handed-out “Untapped” energy packets of coffee-infused maple syrup!!! This rivals the revelation of the chocolate/peanut butter marriage. How can you NOT love two individually awesome items crashed together?
    Brew Reviews: Depending on how you travel to Greenfield, check out Connecticut Valley Brewing in South Windsor, CT, Fort Hill Brewing in Easthampton, MA, Berkshire Brewing in Deerfield, MA and don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a post-race burger and beer on the scenic deck of Whetstone Craft Beers in Brattleboro, VT overlooking the Connecticut River with that Berkshire Mountains in repose.
    Every marathon deserves its own reward.

    “Find yourself and maybe lose yourself,
    While your free spirit flies.”
    – Cool and Green and Shady –
    John Denver
    1943 – 1997
    Rest in Peace

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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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!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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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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