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mikeyseymour REPEAT RUNNER '16

This was my first ultra. What a fun race. This whole weekend was a blast. There are so many different races one can do. You can run with your little … MORE

This was my first ultra. What a fun race. This whole weekend was a blast. There are so many different races one can do. You can run with your little kids, your dog, shorter runs, or longer runs. I did the 50K and thoroughly enjoyed it. Part of the run is in the forest and the other part is through a farm. The changing scenery is nice since you’re running for so long. The forest part gives you a nice break from the sun. The race director is friendly and accessible. Four of us wanted to start the 50K race at the same time as the 50M (the 50K start time was 2 hours later). Even though it was not convenient for the director, he happily accommodated us. The aid stations are great. I brought a lot of food, but didn’t need it. You can stay fueled entirely on what is at the aid stations. The course itself is constant hills. When I say constant, I mean it literally. There is barely any flat ground on the course. That being said, none of the hills are particularly steep so the varied terrain ensures different muscle groups are worked. We walked all the up hills and ran the rest.

The post race festivities were fun. It’s in a grassy area with lots of tables and benches. The food is great, there is music, and a great time all around. This is a great event to bring the entire family to. I thoroughly enjoyed my run here!

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '18

Pineland Farms has an interesting history. It formerly was the campus of a mental institution for the state of Maine. It’s buildings are now rented out to various businesses. Surrounding … MORE

Pineland Farms has an interesting history. It formerly was the campus of a mental institution for the state of Maine. It’s buildings are now rented out to various businesses. Surrounding the campus, are a complex network of meandering trails. They zig zag back and forth through woods, around the edge of fields, and even a dairy. The whole course is all runnable, and the path is flat and smooth except where it goes around the edges of the fields. Even the roots found on some sections were painted orange by the race directors. There was live music, food, and free beer provided by Shipyard Brewing at the finish. The amenities reminded me of a well-supported marathon as opposed to the average trail run. Even with the controversial history of the location, you would be crazy not to run this race if you had the chance.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
3
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lauralariv FIRST-TIMER '18

Cayuga Trails has been on my list of “must do” races for the past few years. I ran the marathon distance, not the 50 mile. Given the elevation gain, I … MORE

Cayuga Trails has been on my list of “must do” races for the past few years. I ran the marathon distance, not the 50 mile. Given the elevation gain, I wanted to try the shorter distance first. The 50 milers run the same course, but go out for a second time, minus an added lollipop section of the course. The course was marked very well, and the aid stations were plentiful. The race was very well organized from start to finish. Be prepared for lots of elevation gain, from long stone staircases to steep hills. The beautiful waterfalls and gorges will help take your mind off of your tired legs. The only reason I rated the swag a little low was because the shirt given is a little hard to read where the race name and distance are printed. The graphics should have been printed a little larger, in my opinion. I will also have to alter the length of the straps (tank top), as the shirt hangs way too low, even though I got a small. Finishers received a stainless steel pint glass, with race and distance printed on them, which was very nice. There was a good spread of food available at the finish. What really makes this race stand out is the difficulty of the course, coupled with unbeatable scenery, and it being so well organized. The race also tries to be as envirmentally conscious as possible, with asking runners to provide their own reusable cups (or using their handhelds) at aid stations, and providing food scrap bins for composting. My performance at this race was the best I could do, given that I was battling a bad chest cold. I would definitely love to run this race again, when I am feeling 100%!

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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