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@runsforwaffles44

Jamaica Plain, MA Raving since 2021 Active 1 year, 4 months ago

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Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Marlboro, VT Aug 29, 2021

My Raves

This is an absolute GEM of a marathon. The course is stunning, it is lush and private and beautiful - 26.2 miles of woods and river and waterfalls and quaint … MORE

This is an absolute GEM of a marathon. The course is stunning, it is lush and private and beautiful – 26.2 miles of woods and river and waterfalls and quaint VT/MA architecture, it was just such a pleasure to take it all in.

The race started on time with little hoopla, and the weather was absolutely perfect for late August in New England. I was dropped off at the start so didn’t experience the buses, but there were plenty of portapotties and an easy bag check.

The course description on the website is so detailed and accurate I won’t go into much here. If you are looking for a BQ or a PR this is an ideal race. The three hills are not too tough, and you are essentially running downhill the entire time unless you are climbing one of those hills. The descent in the first two miles is pretty steep! There were abundant, well-staffed aid stations with friendly volunteers. This was a very, very small race. I think fewer than 300 runners? I am a middle-of-the-pack runner, and from about mile 9 onwards I ran completely alone. If you are looking for the dense pack of runners and crowds you get in a city marathon this is not the race for you. With that said, there were several crews of locals out cheering along the course and one woman even set up an unofficial aid station in her yard which was lovely.

I love that there was a photographer at two different spots on the course and the pictures were amazing (and free!).

The finish area celebration was lovely – several different food trucks, snacks/beer/ice cream for free with registration, plus music and a massage tent.

I love that your registration fees are in support of the CT river conservancy, love supporting a good cause.

A few nit-picks: there was a fork in the course between mile 11 and 12 that was not marked. Because it’s such a small field I was running completely alone and spent about 0.8 miles guessing/hoping I picked the right direction. Would love a sign for that spot. Also, they offered Untapped gels at the aid stations but only communicated that about 1.5 weeks before the race so I wasn’t able to practice with that brand. Would have appreciated much more advanced notice about that.

Honestly, if it worked for my schedule and life I would/will probably run this race every single year. It was such a blast.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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