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Overall Rating (1 Review)
4
(1 Ratings)  (1 Review)
DIFFICULTY
5
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
4
Paine to Pain is a giant single loop that winds its way through the woods and trails of five different lower Westchester parks. You never run the same trail twice and will spend 90% of your time on dirt (and rocks and roots) in the shade of the woods. Many … MORE
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    RunnerGirlKT FIRST-TIMER '18

    Let me preface this by saying that I don't run on trails normally. The race was very hard for me. The first 10 or so miles have a lot of … MORE

    Let me preface this by saying that I don’t run on trails normally.

    The race was very hard for me. The first 10 or so miles have a lot of hills and the first 6 miles or so involve a good amount of varied terrain (lots of rocks, roots, etc. and a couple of water stepping stone crossings that are not much of a deal). There was a lot of walking (hiking?) mixed in with running, but I finished. The race starts in 5 waves that depart every 3 minutes so there was no course congestion (which was good because the trails are pretty narrow.

    The race production is super on point from the hilarious race emails and information on the website to having traffic stopped at intersections to first class swag. The timing mat was also left up well past the 3 hour cutoff (to at least 4 hours) which was nice to see. Post race, the food options were plentiful and there were people on hand to stretch/massage runners as well as foam rollers you could use. Pre-race packet pickup was available on Friday evening/night and Saturday, but was also available on race morning. Parking on race morning was super easy since you just park at New Rochelle High School. Porta potties were plentiful and the start had a 4 piece reenactor “band” playing colonial type music.

    The attitude on course was great, with runners chatting with each other and helping each other out when needed. It’s a fun race, nice scenery running through the woods, almost all shaded, and would have been a lot better had the weather reflected that it’s early fall and not August (it was in the 70s and at least 85% humidity which helped nothing). There were a few water stops on the course, but not as many as in a road race so bringing your own fluids and nutrition is a must. I would definitely recommend the race, but not as a first half unless your training is on trails.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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