Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.4
(5 Ratings)  (5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
4.6
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
4.6
As one of the western gateway communities of the Adirondack Park, Old Forge, NY is the perfect destination venue for an Adirondack trail running event! All distances take place on established bike trails (snowmobile in the winter) that run between the northeast portion of Old Forge, just north of Water … MORE
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    JLB1221 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The majority of the race (with the exception of the very beginning and very end) was on a snowmobiling path, which made for a very rocky run. This is the … MORE

    The majority of the race (with the exception of the very beginning and very end) was on a snowmobiling path, which made for a very rocky run. This is the 6th half-marathon I’ve run (the last race I ran was a full marathon), and this was by far the most difficult course because of the rocks. My feet have never hurt so much during or after a run.

    The scenery was nice, and I liked that runners were in the shade most of the time since we were in the woods. One of the big downfalls was that because there were no roads to get into the racing trail, there were VERY few spectators. My friends (and my son) came to cheer me on, but I only saw them at the finish, where everyone else was. However, because the race was smaller, it was easy to spot them in the crowd.

    While miles were marked, sometimes it was confusing to figure out which way to go since all races ran along the same course. In fact, one woman who signed up for the full marathon ended up only doing the half (by accident) because of the confusing signs and nobody directing runners where to go. Water stations were set up, but there weren’t many people at those either. I’m used to races with lots of spectators and helpers, and this one seemed isolated.

    The last issue I had was with timing. There were no timers at any point to let runners know their pacing, which is fine because some people use apps (I do while training but not during races). However, there was no screen at the end to let people know their time as they crossed the finish line. I was disappointed about that and waited hours to get my results online.

    Old Forge is a nice area, and the other runners were super friendly. The best thing about this race was that the packet pickup area and the starting line were in the same place, making it super easy the morning of the race. The bathrooms were clean, and I could hang out in the building until the race began, and then just walk outside to the starting line. So convenient.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    aslowrunner REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This was my second time running this marathon and I liked it as much as my first year. This time the swag was even cooler. The course has beautiful views … MORE

    This was my second time running this marathon and I liked it as much as my first year. This time the swag was even cooler. The course has beautiful views and the other runners were encouraging.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    spunge24 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The first mile and last mile is pavement but everything in between is dirt road/gravel. Lots of little rocks to look out for so you don't roll an ankle or … MORE

    The first mile and last mile is pavement but everything in between is dirt road/gravel. Lots of little rocks to look out for so you don’t roll an ankle or trip. Otherwise it was an awesome race. Perfect elevation (not too flat, not to hilly, just right). Only a few hundred did the half so it was nice if you prefer a small race. Received an awesome jacket with the race swag. I would do it again!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    venator12 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Ran the “Loon” challenge this weekend which was a 10k on Friday evening and a half marathon Saturday morning. Both runs start and end at the same point and are … MORE

    Ran the “Loon” challenge this weekend which was a 10k on Friday evening and a half marathon Saturday morning. Both runs start and end at the same point and are on dirt roads and gravel snow mobile trails that wind through the scenic mountains. Perfect definition on “rolling hills”. Nothing crazy but there are some ups and downs. Aide stations are set up at intersections as the course criss crosses itself a little. Post race was great with plenty of food and drinks for everyone and the medals were killer. Animal themed w/ glitter and bonus medals for completing a challenge.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    aslowrunner FIRST-TIMER '20

    Wear trail shoes for this run. Don't count on getting a new PR here, but do count on having a fun time and seeing great sights. The organizers do a … MORE

    Wear trail shoes for this run. Don’t count on getting a new PR here, but do count on having a fun time and seeing great sights. The organizers do a good job with the swag and making sure everyone enjoys their event(s).

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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