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Pawtucket, RI Raving since 2016 100 Half Marathons Club, Marathon Maniac #5586, Half Fanatic #586 Serial Racing active 4 months, 2 weeks ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    100 Half Marathons Club

  • Rave race:

    Shamrock Half Marathon (VA), Hartford Half Marathon

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Avenue of the Giants

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA Sep 10, 2016 3:00:00

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Past Races (20)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 5, 2016
Half Marathon Falmouth, MA Oct 29, 2016
Half Marathon Dover, DE Oct 22, 2016
Half Marathon Hartford, CT Oct 8, 2016
Half Marathon Portland, ME Oct 2, 2016
Half Marathon Bird In Hand, PA Sep 10, 2016 3:00:00
Half Marathon Waitsfield, VT Jul 10, 2016
Half Marathon Brunswick, ME Apr 23, 2016
Dark Side Challenge (19.3 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Apr 15, 2016
Half Marathon Apache Junction, AZ Feb 14, 2016
Half Marathon Cocoa, FL Nov 29, 2015
Half Marathon Fredericksburg, VA May 17, 2015
Half Marathon Providence, RI May 3, 2015
Half Marathon Syracuse, NY Mar 22, 2015
Half Marathon Rehoboth Beach, DE Dec 6, 2014
Half Marathon Bristol, NH Oct 4, 2014
Half Marathon Westerly, RI Sep 14, 2014
Half Marathon Gulf Beach, CT Sep 13, 2014
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA 2012 3:00:00
Half Marathon White Plains, NY 2012

My Raves

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

I went to the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon as a part of a reunion with a charity I work with. I really enjoyed the entire weekend. Expo: nice-sized expo for … MORE

I went to the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon as a part of a reunion with a charity I work with. I really enjoyed the entire weekend.

Expo: nice-sized expo for the race. Free poster with the names of all participants on it in small print. Limited samples at the expo booths. Nice assortment of vendors and race booths with discounts for registration.

The race has a pasta dinner. I did not go. It was in heated tents outdoors. Friends that went said it got chilly, and they ran out of some food and plasticware.

Swag: Loved the race shirt. Excellent design and fit. Great medal. Nice finisher’s hat (perfect for cold weather running). The race also provides a discount booklet for discounts in the area for race participants.

Pre-race: if it is cold outside, you can keep warm (and go to the bathroom) inside the convention center. The race corrals are organized by pace. I started back further than I normally would because I wanted to take the race slower and enjoy the neighborhoods.

Course: very flat and fast. A little congested at the beginning but that’s to be expected with the sheer size of the race. Race thins out as the miles go on and the half and full marathon split. The course went through some night neighborhoods, went past the historic war monuments of Indy (hence the race name), took us by the Children’s Museum, and some of the cool hip urban business areas of Indy. Watch the road surfaces- there are a lot of potholes in certain areas, and the brick section by the monuments is uneven and possibly slippery if it rains (we saw a couple of people trip on loose/uneven bricks). Aide stations and on-course support is excellent. Family/friends have several opportunities to see you and cheer you on throughout the race. Traffic/car control was excellent.

Post-race: great finish line, amazing immediate support and food from volunteers, finisher’s hat. Post-race food had bananas, cookies, chocolate milk, electrolytes, and a heated tent with chili.

Parking: can be tricky- the race was on the same weekend as an Indianapolis Colt home game, so hotels and parking spots filled up quickly. If you are not staying in a walking-distance hotel, use one of the local paid parking spot services.

Overall a fantastic race and I a glad I did it for my Indiana state race. You can tell this is a race that the whole community rallies behind, especially as it is a nonprofit event that supports many local charities. I definitely recommend this event. If you are visiting the area- make a weekend out of it. Do a tour, visit the Indy 500 Speedway, the Indianapolis Zoo, and enjoy all the great restaurants there.

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Cape Cod Marathon

Cape Cod Marathon

I had never done this course before and decided to do it in 2016. We had perfect weather conditions. Packet pickup and parking on race day morning was very easy. … MORE

I had never done this course before and decided to do it in 2016. We had perfect weather conditions. Packet pickup and parking on race day morning was very easy. The course is an out and back with two minor hills, and is otherwise flat. The course has beautiful views of the beach and ocean, and you can see Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. I think is a very fast course. I actually had to slow myself down as I was pacing in another half marathon the next day. Nice shirt and medal, plentiful post-race food. I would definitely do this race again.

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Monster Mash Marathon & Half Marathon

Monster Mash Marathon & Half Marathon

The Monster Mash is a great locally run event that shows off Dover. The course is almost entirely flat, and starts with a loop around the famous Dover Speedway. Participants … MORE

The Monster Mash is a great locally run event that shows off Dover. The course is almost entirely flat, and starts with a loop around the famous Dover Speedway. Participants gather together in front of the Miles the Monster statue for the national anthem and then are walked down to the track to line up for the start. After the loop around the track, we head out into Dover, passing historic and government buildings, by a college campus, and out into farm/field areas. There are ample water stops and great police presence on the course. The half and full marathon are together until around mile six and then they join back together around the half’s mile 12. Roads are not closed to traffic. The course takes you back to the raceway at the end and you finish in front of the Miles the Monster statue. Parking and packet pickup at the speedway is extremely easy, and there are lots of hotels very close by. The medal is amazing. I would recommend this race to new runners, to those who need Delaware for a state, and for race car enthusiasts.

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Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon

Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon

The Hartford Half Marathon is by far the largest half marathon in Connecticut, and is the class-act, top race in the state. This is what I could call the "old … MORE

The Hartford Half Marathon is by far the largest half marathon in Connecticut, and is the class-act, top race in the state. This is what I could call the “old faithful” race- I know it is always going to be an excellent experience. The organizers, HMF, put on an incredible event. Parking is extremely easy nearby (park near the Bushnell for free if you get in before 6:30). The course is closed to traffic and has ample water stops. The spectators and volunteers are amazing. The course can be fairly hilly, but it is pretty, especially your trip through the park before heading back to the finish. The half and full marathons are on separate courses except for just under the first mile and part of the last mile. The post-race area is huge with good food, free massage and stretching, and lots of vendors. Definitely recommended for 50 staters. Please note for those doing the full marathon, the time limit is very strict as they need to reopen the city streets. Definitely do not try the full if you cannot make the time limits.

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Maine Marathon & Half Marathon

Maine Marathon & Half Marathon

If you are doing 50 states, if you want a great half PR course, and if you want to participate in a well-run, great event that supports its local community- … MORE

If you are doing 50 states, if you want a great half PR course, and if you want to participate in a well-run, great event that supports its local community- this is the race for you.

I have done both the half and the full marathon twice. The full and half share part of the same course (the half turns around at about the halfway point).

This race always has one of the biggest and best swag bags. Participants get a great tote bag full of samples and goodies, many from local Maine companies (what other race will give you a can of B&M baked beans). The race shirts are excellent. The medals are also gorgeous. Post-race food is plentiful- bananas, snack bars, chips, water, pizza. Parking is quite convenient with the nearby university garage.

The local community is excellent for this race as well. Residents come out and cheer from their houses/yards. The volunteers are excellent. You get the sense that the areas *wants* you there as an athlete versus other races where you feel like a traffic inconvenience.

In 2015 the race added pace group leaders, and had them again in 2016.

Advice- if you see a bathroom and you need it- use it. They are spaced out a little.

For those doing 50 states- if you want to do two races in one weekend, do the Bristol Half Marathon in New Hampshire the day before.

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Bird in Hand Half Marathon & 5K

Bird in Hand Half Marathon & 5K

This race is a benefit for the local Amish community fire and emergency medical services, so the entire town pretty much helps out with the race. The course is almost … MORE

This race is a benefit for the local Amish community fire and emergency medical services, so the entire town pretty much helps out with the race. The course is almost entirely in the Amish community, with 90% on paved roads and 10% on farm dirt roads. You will see beautiful views of cornfields and farm lands, and a special area called the “Valley of No Wires” as the homes do not have electricity. The course has occasional hills, but the biggest thing to be aware of is that there is zero shade, very little breeze, and it can be very hot and humid. This year temps passed 90 degrees in the sun, and I wound up walking most of the second half of the race out of my own safety. Most people I know had a finish time much longer than normal because of the heat. Cool aspects- the water stops are manned by Amish families including children; the medal is an actual used horseshoe; and the post-race food is amazing- bbq with chicken, pasta, fruits, lemonade, ice cream and more, and it’s open to everyone, even family members who didn’t run.

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Mad Marathon

Mad Marathon

I have done the Mad Half Marathon five times. The race is held in Waitsfield, Vermont, home of the Sugarbush ski resort. This is only one of two half marathons … MORE

I have done the Mad Half Marathon five times. The race is held in Waitsfield, Vermont, home of the Sugarbush ski resort.

This is only one of two half marathons I would recommend in Vermont for people who need a walker-friendly time limit. The half and full marathon share the same start and share parts of the course, but the full has some more hills than the half does. If you enjoy courses and take photos, definitely bring a camera (especially for the farm animal photo stop). This is a well-run, well-organized and well-supported event. With the out and backs, you’ll get a chance to see your friends in the half and full marathon.

The course: this will probably be the hilliest and toughest course most people will do in their lives. It is challenging, with long uphill and downhill sections (what do you expect, we’re in the Green Mountains of Vermont). The weather is usually perfect- nice sun, little to no humidity, and occasional nice breezes. Make no mistake- prepare for hills. Also, there are sections on dirt roads. The roads are fine (no issues with big rocks or stones) but your shoes will get dirty, so I usually wear an older pair.

Made your lodging plans early as local hotels and B&Bs fill up fast.

There are plenty of activities in the area for family members not participating in the race. There is a farmer’s market the day before the event. Ben & Jerry’s is a quick 20 minute drive away. There is biking, cayak rentals, fishing, national parks, and sightseeing galore nearby. Other close trips include the King Arthur Bakery, Champlain Chocolates, and Cabot Cheese to name a few.

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Race The Runways

Race The Runways

Race the Runways offers a 1 mile race, a 5K and a half marathon. Participants in the 5K or the half can easily do the one-mile race before their other … MORE

Race the Runways offers a 1 mile race, a 5K and a half marathon. Participants in the 5K or the half can easily do the one-mile race before their other race start. Parking is conveniently close, and bib pickup is inside a nearby gym. You can stay in the gym before and after the race to keep warm. There are indoor bathrooms and porta potties outside near the start.

I have run this race in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2015 the race used a new course for the half marathon that was a positive improvement over the old course- the minor rolling hills at the beginning were removed, and we had more time on the runway. 2016 kept this new course and changed it slightly.

The course has little to no cars on it (most of the cars you see are actually race support vehicles). As the course is partially on a runway and goes on the roads of an airport, expect occasional strong wind blasts. Also, the water stops are placed outside the runway areas and there is a little bit of a long stretch without water stations (they cannot set them up on the runway). Don’t be surprised if there are planes taking offer and landing over you while you’re on the course. It’s actually a really cool experience. You are never in danger as the runway we’re on is closed to air traffic during the event.

The race shirt and medal are excellent. For the price, you get a very well-supported, small race that I would recommend. The course time limits are also walker friendly.

The weather can change drastically from year to year. Plan to wear something you can vent or partially zipper down, as you may find yourself going from cold to warm repeatedly depending upon the wind and where you are on the course.

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Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side

I am a big Star Wars geek. I was excited to run a Star Wars-themed race in Florida as I had done the Disneyland Star Wars race the year before. … MORE

I am a big Star Wars geek. I was excited to run a Star Wars-themed race in Florida as I had done the Disneyland Star Wars race the year before. I have to say I always find RunDisney California races are better than the Florida ones- I find there is more park time, less congested roads, and less crowding. This race was still fun and great, and the 10K was better than the half marathon. The half marathon unfortunately had long boring stretches and no real Disney character presence outside of the parks. Still it is always fun to run on Disney property. The shirts and medals were great- the course just needs improvement.

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The Lost Dutchman Marathon

The Lost Dutchman Marathon

The course is an out and back with beautiful views of Arizona at sunrise. The course had no shade but fortunately with it being in February, the temperature is comfortable. … MORE

The course is an out and back with beautiful views of Arizona at sunrise. The course had no shade but fortunately with it being in February, the temperature is comfortable. The half marathon is the second half the full marathon. Great medal and great course support. Altitude was not an issue.

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Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon

Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon

Our 100 Half Marathons Club members had voted this race one of the best in the nation. The half marathon sells out in one day. Friends swear by this race. … MORE

Our 100 Half Marathons Club members had voted this race one of the best in the nation. The half marathon sells out in one day. Friends swear by this race. So, I registered and participated in 2015, and had a great time.

The race is in Cocoa Beach, FL. The best airport is Orlando. The host hotel offers clean, affordable rooms. The expo was mid-sized and had a lot of great booths. Packet pickup was fast and easy. The race provides great information before the race about lodging, transportation, participant information, etc.

The race shirt is amazing, and the medal is wonderful. Definitely among my all-time favorites. The medals change every year to honor a different shuttle.

Race participants get a discount to visit the Kennedy Space Center. If you’ve never been (or haven’t been in years) and you are interested in NASA, it is a great side-trip. It was amazing to see all the Apollo rockets, to go on the tour of NASA property, see the Space X work area, see the actual Atlantis space shuttle, and see the memories they set up for the astronauts who died.

The race course: the course is an out and back, flat and fast. Marathoners start at a different time and spot than the half marathoners, but the leaders will catch half marathon race walkers on the course. The course is very narrow and crowded at the start and will thin out around mile 6. The out and back gives you a great opportunity to see friends on the course. The volunteers were great- many dressed up in space outfits. The post-race food area has tons to offer- eggs and pancakes, pizza, soda, water, seating areas (room to sit on the grassy area), the chance to watch your friends run in to finish, and photo ops with statues of astronauts and the space shuttle. The finisher’s towel is great too- perfect for sitting on the grass area to relax after your race.

The course is a hard cement surface that many people (especially from the north) may not be used to. You may feel this on your joints/feet.

Weather- you may need a throwaway layer to keep warm before the sun comes up. Also, when the sun comes up, it’s going to get WARM. Keep hydrated.

Shuttles from the hotel: this was the only iffy part. The shuttles have a few times leaving from the hotels. I went with the earlier shuttles to be safe. The post-race lines for the shuttles were quite long and confusing (no signage to tell you which line was what). Not the race’s fault: the shuttles were delayed from an accident on a nearby road, so I am sure that contributed to the long lines/delays.

Overall a great experience and an enjoyable race, with beautiful views of the ocean front, palm trees, and gorgeous Florida houses.

If you are planning on this race in the next few years, you need to be on your computer (or have someone do it for you) when registration opens. Since there is a special mulit-year medal challenge going on, people in the challenge have pre-registration, so general public registration fills immediately.

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Marine Corps Historic Half

Marine Corps Historic Half

The Marine Corps Historic Half is held in May in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The course starts and finishes near the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, which is at the end of … MORE

The Marine Corps Historic Half is held in May in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The course starts and finishes near the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, which is at the end of a large shopping area (think about a 2 mile drive past several retail complexes) so there is more then ample parking, but expect backups and delays getting there and leaving, so give yourself plenty of time to get to the race site. Many people delay their departure by going for lunch at one of the 20+ nearby restaurants. There are also shuttles provided from several nearby hotels for both participants and spectators.

The course takes you by several historic landmarks and local sites such as Mary Washington College, Sunken Road (a famous Confederate stronghold during the Civil War), Kenmore Plantation, and downtown Fredericksburg. Almost all roads are closed to traffic, and there is ample police support (and the Marines) to help participants through intersections. The race has a large number of spectators throughout the course.

Preparing for hills is an absolute must on this course. There are several areas with rolling hills or long uphill or downhill stretches, especially the infamous Hospital Hill. That hill runs between mile 10 and 11 and is a long, steep, uphill climb that challenges all participants. Also, expect anything for the temperature- you can have heat and humidity, or cool rain- it changes year to year.

The race has a self-seeded corral start, and a generous walker-friendly time limit. The Marines wait for the last person to finish, and will march in with that person- an awesome site to watch if you are still in the area.

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Rhode Races Providence Marathon

Rhode Races Providence Marathon

The Providence Half Marathon is the largest half marathon in Rhode Island, and it showcases the downtown area. Parking is easy in either the convention center parking lot or in … MORE

The Providence Half Marathon is the largest half marathon in Rhode Island, and it showcases the downtown area. Parking is easy in either the convention center parking lot or in the Providence Place Mall lot (just walk downhill). The race is very spectator friendly. Train for hills, as there are long stretches of up and down hill, and a couple of steep quick hills. With all the hills, the course is actually a very fast one, and many people come here for their half or full PR. The full marathon is also a popular local BQ race. The race organizers are a class act organization. If people are coming here for their 50 state quest, I would definitely recommend this event.

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Syracuse Half Marathon

Syracuse Half Marathon

Twice now I have made the 5 hour drive to the Syracuse Half Marathon. Why? Because it's great. I've done this race in 2014 and 2015, and the half marathon … MORE

Twice now I have made the 5 hour drive to the Syracuse Half Marathon. Why? Because it’s great. I’ve done this race in 2014 and 2015, and the half marathon is one of the best-run events I have ever done. You can tell this is a race put on by runners for runners.

First, parking is free and convenient. You park in the garage outside the Oncenter, where the packet pickup and expo are held on Sunday. The expo booths and vendors are there on race day morning, so you don’t miss out on visiting the booths. If you buy something at the expo, you can bag check it there instead of going back to your car. The pre-race waiting area is inside the convention center, so you can stay warm before the start (and go to the bathroom indoors).

Twice now the race directors have had to deal with race-morning snow, and they pulled off the event without issues. The course has flat and hilly sections, and it takes you on a tour of Syracuse, through neighborhoods and to downtown. The aide stations are adequately stocked, and locals come out to cheer (even in the cold!) The course is almost entirely closed to traffic, and the four-hour time limit welcomes walkers.

What makes this race so awesome is what you get for your money. In 2014, you had a choice of swag: t-shirt, beer mug or hat, plus the medal, plus the great post-race food party. In 2015, our swag was an awesome warm Brooks running jacket (plus medal and party). The race is extremely reasonably priced for what you get.

And can you say post-race food goodness? Finishers come back into the convention center to three buffet-line tables with: pancakes, sausage, bacon, toast, cookies, bananas, yogurt, and more. Go through the food line and sit down on at one of the 20+ round tables set up so you can sit and enjoy your food. The race does cool things like set up a display board with the race logo and a computer where you can walk up with your bib and your name and finish time displays (a great photo op).

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Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon

Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon

The Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon is held in conjunction with a full marathon which share the same start and finish but split on the course. Held in December in the … MORE

The Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon is held in conjunction with a full marathon which share the same start and finish but split on the course. Held in December in the off-season, the race gives you a chance to see the scenic area without the tourist traffic, with plenty of options for nearby hotels and race-day parking. The course is almost entirely flat, and has an out and back section that goes in a trail area- think small rocks/stones and dirt roads. The race has a nice after-party, which unfortunately can be quite packed after the half ends.

The weather can change from year to year, but most participants find that they are comfortable in shorts and a short sleeve or long sleeve tech shirt.
To save money on this race- go to their website and join the Facebook group. Look for a special announcement on a 12/31 registration sale for the following year’s race. Also, if you are traveling in the area, there are plenty of things for non-runners (aka family members) to do while you are at the race. There is tax-free retail outlet shopping within five minutes of the race site.

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New Hampshire Marathon & Half Marathon

New Hampshire Marathon & Half Marathon

The New Hampshire Half Marathon is a beautiful, scenic and hilly course, which circles Newfound Lake. The half marathoners are actually taken to the marathon halfway point by bus and … MORE

The New Hampshire Half Marathon is a beautiful, scenic and hilly course, which circles Newfound Lake. The half marathoners are actually taken to the marathon halfway point by bus and start at mile 13.1 while the marathoners start at mile 1. The course has gorgeous views and often shows great fall foliage colors.

This is a small-town-feel race: little to no spectators, no fancy frills, but a great, challenging and rewarding course. The race medal is basically the same every year but the shirt changes. Post-race free showers and massages are available. This is a great race to double with the Maine Marathon (the next day) for those trying to finish 50 states on a budget.

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Surftown Half Marathon

Surftown Half Marathon

The course is mostly flat until you head to the Watch hill area, and then you head for some rolling hills (and one steep uphill around mile 9.5-10). The parking … MORE

The course is mostly flat until you head to the Watch hill area, and then you head for some rolling hills (and one steep uphill around mile 9.5-10). The parking can back up (there are really only two major roads in and out of the area) so definitely get there early. The course is scenic and beautiful, showing off the beaches of Westerly and part of the Watch Hill area. The race typically has a beautiful surfboard medal. You start on a flat section for the first part of the course, and then head on the right of the finish line out to the second part of the course. The first four miles can be pretty crowded and then it spreads out more. Beware of lots of potholes and cracks in the roads. The race is organized by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and they are an excellent group. Watch for a sellout as this race is very popular.

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Gulf Beach Half Marathon

Gulf Beach Half Marathon

This is a tie with Hartford for my favorite race in Connecticut. The race organizers, the Shoreline Sharks, offer great events, and this race is their main/crown event. The course … MORE

This is a tie with Hartford for my favorite race in Connecticut. The race organizers, the Shoreline Sharks, offer great events, and this race is their main/crown event. The course is almost entirely flat, and is an out and back course that takes you by the beach and the waterfront. This race sells out every year so definitely register early. I think this is a great event for people who want to see coastal Connecticut. Highly recommended.

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Healing Half Marathon (fka Westchester Running Festival)

Healing Half Marathon (fka Westchester Running Festival)

This race was formerly named the Westchester Medical Center Running Festival. Genesis Adventures, the race organizer, changed the name to better reflect that the race is held to benefit the … MORE

This race was formerly named the Westchester Medical Center Running Festival. Genesis Adventures, the race organizer, changed the name to better reflect that the race is held to benefit the West Chester Medical Center Foundation.

This is a pretty, easy, out-and-back course on the Bronx River Parkway. The parkway is closed to traffic for the race so runners have the full road. The course goes out 6.5 miles and then turns around to come back on the other side of the parkway. This is a great opportunity to race on a road that would otherwise not be open to pedestrians. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and unique experience! It’s amazing to see the stone arch bridges you drive under and have a chance to really look at them and be amazed by the construction and design.

The volunteers and aide stations are great. There are little to no spectators due to the nature of the course but the race crew is very enthusiastic and encouraging.

Race walkers have an early start option (no runners allowed and no eligibility for awards).

There are a few nearby parking options (bring money to pay for parking). I parked at the County Center parking lot.

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Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend

Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend

I have actually done this half marathon several times. The weather can be a gamble in March. The course is extremely flat, fast, and scenic, showing off tree-lined roads and … MORE

I have actually done this half marathon several times. The weather can be a gamble in March. The course is extremely flat, fast, and scenic, showing off tree-lined roads and oceanfront areas of Virginia Beach, including a trip through Fort Story. The end is on the concrete walkway by the ocean front. Wind can be a factor. If you like a party course, this is definitely one, with plenty of spectators, “unofficial” aide stations (aka beer), DJs, bands, and more. The biggest thing- amazing swag. The medals are always great, there is a different finisher’s gift every year in addition to the race shirt you get at packet pickup, and with the race being in March, hotels are much more affordable than they are during the Rock N Roll VB race. This is a highly recommended event. This event also is walker friendly.

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