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Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

loratliff FIRST-TIMER '15

Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

Took a long weekend from NYC to run this race. Portland is a great town with lots of good eats and beautiful scenery. We picked up our bibs the morning … MORE

Took a long weekend from NYC to run this race. Portland is a great town with lots of good eats and beautiful scenery.

We picked up our bibs the morning of which wasn’t a hassle at all. The start consisted of two waves, but beyond that, there wasn’t much of a corral system so I was hard to know where you were lining yourself up at.

The course weaves through Portland, passing some beautiful neighborhoods and looping back down Portland’s main street before heading around a lake (partially on dirt trail here) and back to the start. There is minimal shade in some parts, but aid stations were plentiful.

After the finish, Shipyard hosted a nice post-race beer garden where runners could get two beers. There was also free pizza and several Portland food trucks came out with food for purchase and samples. There was even a portable shower truck where, for a couple bucks, you could take a nice shower and have a clean towel. I actually used this, since we had plans to walk around Portland the rest of the day, and was instantly refreshed!

Swag is just so-so… There isn’t any apart from the medal. The medal is nice, but if you’re expecting a shirt or anything more, you have to buy it.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
5
SWAG
2

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Race 13.1 Charleston, SC

TinyTerror FIRST-TIMER '15

Race 13.1 Charleston, SC

Race 13.1 came to Charleston and blew other local trail races right out of the water- or I guess, blew them off the trail. They produced a quality event with … MORE

Race 13.1 came to Charleston and blew other local trail races right out of the water- or I guess, blew them off the trail. They produced a quality event with a big-time feel right here in Charleston.

Race 13.1 Charleston was one of the more difficult half marathons I’ve run since it was a trail course, but they did an excellent job of marking the troublesome spots and having volunteers at each turn, junction, or crossing. As far as I know, no one got lost, which is a first out of the local trail races I’ve run here in town. The course had mile markers and motivational quotes, which were a big help in the last 2 miles.

Race 13.1 also strives to host events that appeal to runners of all abilities. This race had far more pace groups than others I’ve run, and they make sure that even the runners in the back feel special. They do not run out of medals or have strict time cutoffs. If you are in the front of the pack, they have very nice age group medals as well. Both the finisher’s medal and age group medal are some of the nicer ones I’ve received.

If you like to travel and run, you can purchase a pass to run more than one race at a discount. You also get extra medals for completing certain milestone numbers of Race 13.1 half marathons (extra medal when you complete 3 or 7 in a year).

This was my first experience with the Race 13.1 brand, but it surely won’t be my last. I look forward to this year’s Charleston race as well as some in other cities.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
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SCENERY
5
SWAG
5
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Pocahontas Trail Festival

RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '13

Pocahontas Trail Festival

This is a local race for me, about 25 miles from home. I ran it in 2013 when it was a relatively young race, mostly because it was close to … MORE

This is a local race for me, about 25 miles from home. I ran it in 2013 when it was a relatively young race, mostly because it was close to home and benefited the Fisher House. It’s a small marathon that takes place in Pocahontas State Park and features a very pretty course through the woods on a well-maintained trail. It’s moderately challenging in that there are hills, but it’s not very technical. It was well marked and well supported. I don’t run a ton of trail races but I enjoyed this one a lot! The t-shirt was nice (navy blue with the logo) and the medal was decent as well. Again, it’s a small race so logistically, it’s very smooth and simple to get your packet, get to the start, park, run, and leave at the end. I highly recommend it if you like trail runs, smaller marathons, or are just bored and want to run something new.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
3
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