Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
5
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.7
SCENERY
1.3
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
4.3
Local Weather (Jan 08)
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H (°F) 17 34 17 2 34
L (°F) -2 25 -8 -13 12
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    Tim Mullican REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Why would anyone want to run a marathon on an indoor track? If you like to meet other runners, and want a lot of personal interaction, this is the marathon … MORE

    Why would anyone want to run a marathon on an indoor track? If you like to meet other runners, and want a lot of personal interaction, this is the marathon to do. Because the course is 150 laps, there are plenty of opportunities to see and encourage the other runners. The timers, who are members of the St. Olaf’s Women’s Track Team give a lot of encouragement and are constantly cheering. This is one marathon that you will want to go back to again and again, despite all of the “loopty loops.”

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    5
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    4
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    keydundas FIRST-TIMER '12

    When I first heard of the Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon, I thought, 'The folks who came up with this race must be nuts!' Turns out I was right, but … MORE

    When I first heard of the Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon, I thought, ‘The folks who came up with this race must be nuts!’ Turns out I was right, but that’s a good thing! I could not stop smiling all race weekend, from Dan’s hilarious weather forecast during the pre-race meal (incredible food, by the way) to sharing stories with fellow runners at the post-race pub gathering downtown. Never have I experienced such camaraderie! Each runner has his or her own personal timer/lap counter, which collectively make up a very enthusiastic cheer zone and keeps you motivated throughout the race. And when you finish, you get a great shirt, medal, and race certificate. The race directors, Dick and Dennis, thought of everything and have truly created a race worth repeating. Most of all, it was a joy to run with and cheer on such a fun and friendly group of runners! When I first heard of the Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon, I thought, ‘The folks who came up with this race must be nuts!’ Turns out I was right, but that’s a good thing! I could not stop smiling all race weekend, from Dan’s hilarious weather forecast during the pre-race meal (incredible food, by the way) to sharing stories with fellow runners at the post-race pub gathering downtowh. Never have I experienced such camaraderie! Each runner has his or her own personal timer/lap counter, which collectively make up a very enthusiastic cheer zone and keeps you motivated throughout the race. And when you finish, you get a great shirt, medal, and race certificate. The race directors, Dick and Dennis, thought of everything and have truly created a race worth repeating. Most of all, it was a joy to run with and cheer on such a fun and friendly group of runners! I will definitely be back!

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    5
    SCENERY
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    FLTLBrun REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Northfield, Minnesota can be downright frigid in January, but race day temps at this indoor marathon at St. Olaf's College is between 58 and 65 degrees. The Race Director, Dick … MORE

    Northfield, Minnesota can be downright frigid in January, but race day temps at this indoor marathon at St. Olaf’s College is between 58 and 65 degrees.

    The Race Director, Dick Daymont goes out of his way to insure all runners experience an atmosphere of fun and comaraderie at the pre-race events and on race day. Saturday’s packet pickup and pre-race meal are held in the Buntrock Commons building at St. Olaf’s College. Rob aka “the hat guy”, one of the veteran runners, cheerfully helps Dick with handing out front and back bibs and meal tickets. The back bibs are plain white bibs which each runner can personalize with their name and some creative artwork – on race day this allows passing runners to shout out support for those they are passing.

    Most of the 44 runners come to the pre-race dinner so this gives everyone the opportunity to mingle, meet old friends and make new ones. Once directed to “go eat” the assembled masses rush into the St. Olaf’s Student Cafeteria for one of the most outstanding pre-race meals on this planet! Carnivore? No problem, Vegan? No problem. Gluten Free? No problem. Like your whole grains? No problem. Prefer Asian, Middle Eastern, Seafood, Burgers, Fries, Pizza, or just plain old pasta and salad? No problem. Want seconds? No problem. Did you say you want a dessert, or two or three? No Problem!

    After the meal, Dick Daymont provides an introduction/history of the event, shares stories of some of the runners participating in the event, explains how the “reverse direction every 30 minutes” works, provides a run down on the timing for the next morning’s event, and conducts a fun raffle.

    On race morning we meet at 5:45am at the Tostrud Center at St. Olaf’s College. Since this race DOES NOT USE CHIP TIMING, the first order of business is that each runner gets paired with a lap counter. Most of the lap counters are young woman who are on the St. Olaf’s Track Team. Runners are quick to bond with their counter, who doubles as a super cheerleader throughout the 150 laps. We joke that we are their pet hamsters running around in circles! But the counters do have a very important job, they actually log your time each and every one of those 150 laps! They will shout out encouragement to all runners and all the counters, regardless of who they are counting for, will chant your name as you take you final lap and run to the finish.

    Tables are set up in each of the four “corners” of the track for runners to stock their own hydration and nutrition needs. Rest rooms are within 100 yards of the running track. There is enough space around the track for spectators (mostly family members of runners) to stand and cheer. And, very importantly a doctor is present throughout the entire event.

    Music is played throughout the entire race using many songs that had previously been submitted by runners with the addition of some silly and appropriate tunes like “Dizzy”, “Turn, Turn, Turn”. Signs for each runner and for general encouragement are taped along the far wall. Every 30 minutes an orange traffic cone is placed at the Start/Finish/Turn spot and runners turn around it (it is very orderly) to reserve direction.

    You might wonder why I rated the perfectly flat course on a smooth track surface a “2” and not a super easy “1”. I’ll offer two reasons. (1) running on a perfectly flat surface isn’t as easy as it seems, there is really no variation and therefore the same muscles are constantly being stressed. (2) given the nature of the track, there are 600 turns (150 * 4 corners) and even with the changing direction, these turns have a way of becoming uncomfortable on the hips.

    I’d love to give the race a “5” for course scenery, but I had to be realistic. As much fun as the event is, and I will come back again and again if I am lucky enough to make it in with the lottery), you do pass around the same 4 walls 150 times. I’d be lying to say the scenery is spectacular.

    Scenery aside, this is such a great race put on by a running club “The Band of 10,000 Aches” for the love of running. They make you feel welcome and part of their community

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    4

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