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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
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(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
2
PRODUCTION
2.5
SWAG
3.5
In its 94th year, the Yonkers Marathon in New York is known for its tough hilly course that starts and finishes in downtown Yonkers and travels through the scenic hills then along the beautiful Hudson River. Whether you’re interested in just a 1/2 Marathon, or completing your first 5K, we’re … MORE
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    RunnerGirlKT REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I had said back in 2015 that I wouldn't run Yonkers again. Well, my plans for today got cancelled so I signed up at the last minute. Once again the … MORE

    I had said back in 2015 that I wouldn’t run Yonkers again. Well, my plans for today got cancelled so I signed up at the last minute.

    Once again the race starts and ends at the Yonkers Riverfront Library, meaning that runners have access to actual bathrooms and heat.

    The course this year was just about the same as in 2015 (some minor changes) except now it’s run in reverse (which means some horrid hills are now downhills, but some nice declines are now inclines). It also meant that the more business side of Nepperhan Ave is the first half of the race. Roads are still mostly open, but now runners mostly have either a coned off lane, a shoulder to run in, or both. Some roads were just open, but traffic was light and there were quite a few police along the route directing traffic (otherwise it was volunteers). The course was also much better marked, with arrows along the course showing which way to go and miles painted on the road.

    The medal is okay, not great, but nice all the same. The shirt is a tech tee. The post race food was disappointing as all that was out when I finished was bagels and water. They had wraps it looked like, but they weren’t put out yet (meaning they were basically only for those running the full marathon) and I wouldn’t have been able to have them anyway (they were all meat and I’m a vegetarian).

    I’m surprised how decent my time was given that I forgot my music. I parked at the Tarrytown train station and took MNR to Yonkers. The library is across the street from the station.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
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    RunnerGirlKT FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is a local race that was in its 90th year this past fall so I thought: why not? I had friends running it, it was decently priced, and easy … MORE

    This is a local race that was in its 90th year this past fall so I thought: why not? I had friends running it, it was decently priced, and easy to get to.

    However, there were some definite issues with the race. The first issue is that the scenery is only in the first half or so. You run out along the river, it’s pretty. However, when you’re on the way back to the riverfront (where the race begins and ends), you run through some very questionable parts of downtown Yonkers. The second issue is that very few roads were closed. For a brief section of the course, there was a coned off lane for runners…actual closed streets were only a few at the start. The rest of the race was full on sharing the road with cars and cars that were unaware there was a race and didn’t care that runners were on the road. For the back of the pack, this meant being relatively alone among cars that were maybe 10 inches away…if not closer. Not very safe. Oh, and part of the race is in a residential area and very poorly marked. I only knew I was on course because of discarded Gu wrappers.

    They call Yonkers the “city of hills” and that isn’t a misnomer. This course is anything but fast and doesn’t even resemble flat. It’s very challenging and definitely not a PR course.

    The good points were thus: There were bagels and water at the finish line, the shirt is a tech tee and is pretty nice, and the medal is nice (the tee has the same design as the medal).

    NYCruns used to put on this even, but starting in 2016 another company has taken over. Not sure I want to give it another go due to lack of road closures, so I guess we’ll see what future reviews have to say.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    4
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