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@Shearwoman

Merrimack, NH Raving since 2018 Active 1 year ago

About Me

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  • Race that's calling my name:

    Providence Marathon 2020

  • I run because:

    running keeps me healthy and sane!

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Lowell, MA Oct 21, 2018 4:50:00
Half Marathon Atkinson, NH Dec 9, 2018 2:07:55
10K Lowell, MA Jan 1, 2019 56:29

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Past Races (11)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Providence, RI May 3, 2020
Marathon Newmarket, NH Oct 27, 2019 4:52:12
Marathon Nashua, NH May 19, 2019 4:51:29
Half Marathon Celebration, FL Jan 27, 2019 2:17:00
10K Lowell, MA Jan 1, 2019 56:29
Half Marathon Atkinson, NH Dec 9, 2018 2:07:55
Marathon Lowell, MA Oct 21, 2018 4:50:00
Half Marathon Manchester, NH Mar 24, 2018 2:11:35
Half Marathon Atkinson, NH Dec 8, 2017 2:10:00
Marathon Relay Manchester, NH Nov 12, 2017
Half Marathon Nashua, NH May 21, 2017 2:08:00

My Raves

*Lovely, mostly flat, double-loop scenic marathon course. *Parking on race day was 1 mile from the start. Parking was plentiful, the marshals were efficient. Shuttles ran frequently and reliably. Very … MORE

*Lovely, mostly flat, double-loop scenic marathon course.
*Parking on race day was 1 mile from the start. Parking was plentiful, the marshals were efficient. Shuttles ran frequently and reliably. Very smooth.
*Aid stations were plentiful.
*There weren’t many spectators along the route; of course, that may have been due to the race-day rain, but my understanding is that this is somewhat typical. As one of the less-speedy marathoners, I found myself nearly alone for stretches in the second loop— no complaints about that, as it actually felt very peaceful and lovely to me.
*The course was adequately marked.
*Swag was a well-made tech shirt and one of the prettiest medals I’ve ever seen. Both among my favorites!
*Every volunteer I encountered was absolutely amazing. Every single roadside volunteer met us runners with smiles, cheers, fuel, water, etc. in spite of the raw, rainy weather. The volunteers running registration & bib pickup, course marshals, finish line crew and all others were equally wonderful. They were a big part of why I loved this race so much.
* I could not stay for the after party so can’t comment on that
* overall a wonderful race. I would have loved to see an early start option for those of us marathoners who will likely finish close to the 5 hour time limit, but other than that I have only great things to say about this marathon.

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I had participated in the Gate City in years past, both as part of a relay team and as a half-marathoner. This was my first time running the Gate City … MORE

I had participated in the Gate City in years past, both as part of a relay team and as a half-marathoner. This was my first time running the Gate City full, and this was my second marathon.
Overall this was a wonderful race. Bib pickup and expo was the day before. Pickup went smoothly, there were a few vendors, a raffle, and a massage station. Swag was nice, consisting of a gear bag, t shirt, and coupons from local businesses.
Parking was easy on race day. There was water and snack items for runners at the start, which was a nice touch.
Marathoners ran 2 alternating loops, twice each, passing through Main Street at the end of each loop. Directions were clear on the website (plus, GCS had orgainized a bonus “preview” run the week prior), the route was clearly marked, and there were ample volunteers and police to direct runners and control traffic. There were sufficient water/Gatorade stops with porta potties. The course itself was not easy. It was mainly in residential areas, with one portion going through Mines Falls Park and another on the Rail trail. Nashua’s neighborhoods are hilly, some streets are narrow, and there are a LOT of potholes. On top of that, the skies opened up and Mother Nature treated us to a torrential downpour for at least an hour. In spite of the weather, every single volunteer on the course went above and beyond to support the runners with water, fuel, and/or words of encouragement. They were spectacular. This was one race with less crowd support than I’m used to, probably because of the weather there were fewer spectators.
Overall this was a great marathon experience.

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My girlfriends and I came from New Hampshire to run this half-marathon, hoping to run in warmer weather than we currently have in New England. Mother Nature had other ideas, … MORE

My girlfriends and I came from New Hampshire to run this half-marathon, hoping to run in warmer weather than we currently have in New England. Mother Nature had other ideas, however; this was a chilly, rainy race. In spite of this, we thoroughly enjoyed the Celebration Half-Marathon. Bib pickup was easy, and the expo had lots of great vendors to browse. Swag was wonderful: the t-shirt, hat, cooler, bottle opener and medal are great-looking and high quality. As I mentioned, race day was chilly and rainy, yet the race itself was just great. The support was phenomenal: volunteers were friendly and helpful and there were plenty of aid stations with water and Gatorade. The course through the scenic town of Celebration was lovely in spite of the weather; we particularly loved running on the boardwalk portions. Plenty of water and food at the finish line. If the weather had been nicer we would have stayed much longer at the after party. In summary, this was a top notch race with a super friendly vibe and we would gladly travel 1300 miles again to run this race—hopefully in nicer weather next time!

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2019 was my third year running this 10k and it gets better every time. Parking at the event is free, easy, and a nice warmup walk to the start. Swag … MORE

2019 was my third year running this 10k and it gets better every time. Parking at the event is free, easy, and a nice warmup walk to the start. Swag included a winter hat and gloves, plus a sweet pair of running socks for bringing a goodie to the after party. The course is very nice with a couple of hills. Volunteers are all friendly and encouraging. The afterparty at the elks club is lots of fun, plenty of good food and drinks and a relaxed atmosphere.

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I have run this half marathon every year since 2015 and I love it every time. The course is beautiful with rolling hills., and is well marked. There’s a fun, … MORE

I have run this half marathon every year since 2015 and I love it every time. The course is beautiful with rolling hills., and is well marked. There’s a fun, holiday vibe and lots of runners dress in adorable Christmas garb. Volunteers are friendly, and aid stations are more than sufficient. The hot cocoa at around mile 10 was a nice touch. The swag is good, we got a nice long sleeved shirt and a sweet medal. Afterparty at the Atkinson County Club is great, plenty of good food and beverages. Always one of my favorites!

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This was my first full marathon, and Baystate was the perfect choice for me. The course was mostly flat with some lovely scenic areas; The only drawback was the construction … MORE

This was my first full marathon, and Baystate was the perfect choice for me. The course was mostly flat with some lovely scenic areas; The only drawback was the construction near the finish line, but I know the race officials have no control over that. Support along the course was plentiful; there was plenty of water, Gatorade, and there were also portapotties at each stop. Volunteers and staff were helpful, super friendly and very supportive. The race swag was really nice; I really like my long sleeve tech shirt, and the medal is gorgeous. Providing PR & BQ keychains to those who earned them at the finish line, was a sweet and thoughtful extra. The only thing that I would like to see them improve upon, is food and drink at the finish line. It is possible I was so tired after running 26.2 miles I missed something, but it seemed to me that there was not a lot of food beyond bananas, granola bars, and water…All good things, but it might’ve been nice to see some bagels and peanut butter as well. Overall, though, this was a wonderful race And I would recommend it to anyone who asks.

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Well produced race through the city of Manchester. Not too many hills, wonderful support and plentiful aid stations. Swag was wonderful...a hooded pullover and a sweet medal (You get additional … MORE

Well produced race through the city of Manchester. Not too many hills, wonderful support and plentiful aid stations. Swag was wonderful…a hooded pullover and a sweet medal (You get additional bling if you run the shuffle the next day)!

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This was the first half marathon I ever ran, back in 2015, and I will always love it. Yes, there are rolling hills. There is also beautiful scenery, first rate … MORE

This was the first half marathon I ever ran, back in 2015, and I will always love it. Yes, there are rolling hills. There is also beautiful scenery, first rate volunteers, and wonderful support stations. Swag is always great for this race…In past years I’ve gotten gloves and headband, arm sleeves, a gym bag and a really nice tech shirt. The medal is always unique and adorable. Very nice spread for runners after the race….soup, cocoa, bagels, bananas, etc. love this race and can’t wait to run it again this year!

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I ran the marathon relay, so I can only speak to my portion of the race, which was primarily on the rail trail from Goffstown. It was a fun race, … MORE

I ran the marathon relay, so I can only speak to my portion of the race, which was primarily on the rail trail from Goffstown. It was a fun race, great energy, wonderful support stations and volunteers. Great swag and afterparty. Loved it!

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I’ve run this as part of a relay team and have also run the half marathon. Well produced run that takes you through the city of Nashua. Well run, great … MORE

I’ve run this as part of a relay team and have also run the half marathon. Well produced run that takes you through the city of Nashua. Well run, great volunteers, aid stations are plentiful. Race swag is great…usually a good quality drawstring bag, shirt, and various coupons/freebies from local businesses.

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