Marathon Reviews

Rio Grande by Jerry

1. Marathon Name - Rio Grande 2. Location - Las Cruces, NM 3. Website - 4. Contact information - 5. Month - October 6. Start times - 7:00 AM 7. Time limits - 6 hours 8. Course description - The course is very fast and flat. There are two hills in the course about six feet high. It is an out and back course along the Rio Grande River or a big sand bar. The river is very low. It is nice to see so much of what they grow there. They had peppers, cotton, corn, lettuce, and pecan trees all over the course. 9. Pasta Dinner - Yes - at a small host hotel. The food was very good. 10. Expo - none 11. Support & spectators - Very few on the course 12. Water stations - Great water stops every mile and sports drink. 13. Organization - Very will organized 14. Porta Potties - Few on the course 15. Food at finish line - Not a lot - so you might want to have some with you. 16. Weather - low in the 50's and high in the 70's 17. Metals - Yes 18. Other races like Half, 10k or 5k - Half Marathon and a 5k 19. Airport - El Paso, TX about 1 hour to Las Cruses 20. Hotel - Best Western very clean and good location about 2 1/2 miles from the race  

Space Coast Marathon by Shirley

Space Coast Marathon Cocoa Beach, FL Mike Mendonca, 2004 Race Director 321-917-0776 or Race held on Sunday, end of November The Space Coast Marathon is a very small, friendly race and an effective way to put those calories consumed during Thanksgiving to good use. There were only about 100 marathoners in 2004 but many half marathoners. The total number of entrants is limited to 750 to ensure runner safety and enjoyment, and it usually sells out early so runners are encouraged to register early. The marathon starts at 7 am and has a 6 hour time limit. Half marathoners start 45 minutes later. Race chips are used but hopefully the ankle strap chips used in 2003 will be replaced by the ones that attach to shoe laces. Course and Weather Conditions This race course was changed in 2003 and now parallels the scenic Indian River in Cocoa Beach. The race begins at the Cocoa Riverfront Park near the Cocoa Beach Library and heads north along Rockledge Drive. Marathoners and half marathoners share the same small road, which is bordered on one side by beautiful homes and the other side by nice views of the river. Runners turnaround and head back to the start at about 6.5 miles. Half marathoners run the out-and-back course once while marathoners run it twice. The course is relatively flat but has many gently rolling inclines. The course is USATF certified. The race website says race day temperatures average 53 low and 73 high, but in 2003 the weather was much cooler than usual with temperatures in the low 40’s at the start and getting up to only into the 50’s by noon. There is usually a cross-wind coming from the river that will pick up as the morning wears on. Parts of the course are nicely shaded and sheltered from the wind. All race day activities are held outside so runners should consider bringing extra clothes if another colder-than-usual race day is forecast. Support Aid stations were located approximately a mile apart starting at mile 1.5. Water and a sports drink were offered at all aid stations and energy gels were available after mile 14. Since 2003 was a cold day, no sponges were available as would be the case for a warm race day. Due to the course layout, runners passed the same aid stations multiple times (a total of 4 times for marathoners). There were very few spectators along the course but some residents did come out to their front yards to cheer for runners. Most of the cheering is done by enthusiastic volunteers at the aid stations. A few more spectators are located at the start/finish area and north turnaround point. A couple port-a-potties are located at the start/finish area and turnaround point. A couple more were seen along the course but were not really part of the race (were for construction crews working on homes along the course). The course is very easy to follow because it is basically along one road that marathoners will run back and forth a total of 4 times. The mile markers were often missed, however, because they were too small. Early in the race no traffic was on the road but later in the morning cars were allowed to drive slowly on part of the race course, which was not really a good idea given the number of runners still out on the course but probably necessary so residents could leave their homes. Other Space Coast Marathon is a nice friendly race but could use some improvements to its organization . Besides needing larger mile markers, a better race chip system and more port-a-potties, the small expo and pasta dinner are held at a host hotel located in Cape Canaveral which is not really very close to where the race is held. The cost of the race is somewhat higher than what you’d expect for such a small race, but part of the fees probably go to pay for big names like Hal Higdon and Jeff Galloway who have been listed as guest speakers at the pasta dinner. There was a good amount of drinks, pizza, fruit and bagels at the finish line. Runners received a rather plain-looking long-sleeved T-shirt but the medal was rather unique. Because the race is so small, many marathoners receive additional awards (framed certificates) in addition to finisher medals  

Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon & Half by Nancy

1. Marathon Name Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon & Half 2. Location Fresno, CA 3. Website 4. Contact information Nancy Talley or Mike Herman at or (559) 301-5234 5. Month November 6. Start times 7:00 a.m. 7. Time limits 7 hours 8. Course description ----- Boston qualifier, $10,000 prize purse, Michelob Ultra Celebration Beer Garden and a 2-day Health and Fitness Expo with running legend Dick Beardsley. BEST amenities - long-sleeve tech shirt, finisher's hooded sweatshirt, custom medallion, hot breakfast, FREE massages and an ice cream sundae! The fast, flat, looped marathon course runs in upscale scenic neighborhoods lined with brilliant autumn foliage. You will enjoy running through historic "old" Town Clovis (hence Two Cities) as you are cheered on by supporting spectators. You will finish your journey in Woodward Park. FREE shuttle services to and from the Expo on Saturday and start and finish-line on Sunday. visit 9. Pasta Dinner yes all you can eat pasta dinner $15 adult $8 child free for 50 & DC members 10. Expo Two day health and fitness expo 11. Support & spectators Entertainment and spectators along the course 12. Water stations 15 water and gatorade stations and 2 Gu stations 13. Organization Sierra Challenge Express Running and Racing Club 14. Porta Potties approx 150 + porta potties 15. Food at finish line Hot breakfast in finisher's village plus an ice-cream sundae. Michelob Ultra Celebration Beer Garden 16. Weather Ususal race day weather is low temp mid 40's high temp mid 60's 17. Metals Beautiful medallions for all finishers 18. Other races Half Marathon, Half Marathon Walk and 4 Person Relay 19. Airport Fresno Yosemite International (FAT) 20. Hotel Many hotels with marathon rates. Host Hotel is Springhill Suites by Marriott.

Mt. Rushmore by Lynda

1. Marathon Name-Mt. Rushmore 2. Location-Rapid City, SD 3. 4. Contact 5. Month--October 6. Start times-9:00 a.m. 7. Time limits-6 hours 8. Course description-point to point, 2000 ft. elevation decline 9. Pasta Dinner-at Mt. Rushmore, $18, probably the most memorable pasta dinner in view of the 4 Presidents lit up at night! 10. Expo-new site, basically just picking up numbers & shirt 11. Support & spectators-few but enthusiastic 12. Water stations-every 2 miles thru 10, then every mile! 13. Organization--excellent 14. Porta Potties-more than enough 15. Food at finish line-great cookout, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soda 16. Weather-typically 60 17. Metals-fair, could be bigger, had the 4 Presidents heads 18. Other races like Half, 10k or 5k-1/2 marathon, relays 19. Airport-Rapid City 20. Hotel-many, many hotels to choose from 21. Extra-beautiful course, picture taken for free as you cross the finish line, sent with results, nice touch. Nice picnic for runners. Can’t say enough about the beautiful course. Small, but wonderful race  

Atlantic City Marathon by Larry

1. Marathon Name                    Atlantic City Marathon 2. Location                               Atlantic City NJ. Also travels through 3 other cities (Ventnor, Margate and Longport. 3. Website                       4. Contact information 5. Month                                  October 15 2011 6. Start times                           8:30 am 7. Time limits                           ???? 8. Course description -----50 to 100 words the course has changed a little since I ran it. It is sort of a figure 8, as you will do a loop to the north and then to the south. The course runs the length of the Boardwalk nearly twice. Also along the main road parallel to the ocean. You will pass all the Casino Hotels and other local landmarks. There were only 52 marathoners the year I did it but they get about two hundred now. 9. Pasta Dinner                        Yes free for runner $20 for guests 10. Expo                                   Yes (small) 11. Support & spectator’s         Good support, few spectators 12. Water stations                    well placed 13. Organization                       could use some help 14. Porta Potties                       yes 15. Food at finish line               yes 16. Weather                             cool and sunny 17. Metals                                yes, good size 18. Other races like Half, 10k, or 5k    Half and 10K 19. Airport                               Philadelphia or AC international 20. Hotel                                  Plenty of hotels in AC can be a bit pricey on the weekend.

Green Moutain Marathon by Jerry

  1. Marathon Name Green Moutain Marathon
  2. Location South Hero, VT
  3. Website
  4. Contact Information
  1. Month October
  2. Start Time 8:30a.m.
7: Time limits 6 Hours
  1. Course Description The course with rolling hills, fall foliage and Lake Champlain to view while running. I enjoyed the out-and-back course as you get to see everyone in the race. The course was marked very well with mile markers and the aid stations. Volunteers were cheerful and helpful. It's a nice small marathon, also you're not tripping over other people. I enjoyed the time I had in South Hero. I would come to this marathon again!
  2. Pasta Dinner No
  3. Expo No
  4. Support & Spectators Very few spectators
  5. Water Stations Every 3 miles.
  6. Organization They did a good job for a small marathon.
  7. Porta Potties For a small marathon they had many and there were many along the course.
  8. Food at Finish Line Yes food and drinks
  9. Weather 55 - 65 and maybe light rain
  10. Medals Yes nice, large medals and very nice place awards.
  11. Other races Half-Marathon; 5K; Kids-1.2 mile. none
  12. Airport Burlington, VT Airport
Nashville, TN - 170 miles.
  1. Hotels Host Hotel Yes- hotels,Bed and Breakfast, and Inns

Tupelo Marathon by Jim

1. Marathon Name Tupelo Marathon 2. Location Tupelo, Mississippi 3. Website 4. Contact information 5. Month SEPTEMBER 6. Start times 2004 5:00 AM 7. Time limits 8. Course description Start in the dark with the words "GO". Out and back on roads, hilly, hot. The shirt says it all it is black, tie dye, with skull and cross bones. The works "Trample the Weak" and "Hurdle the Dead" I think that described it very well. It is tough and they are proud of this reputation. 9. Pasta Dinner None 10. Expo Packet pickup in the mall 11. Support & spectators Not many 12. Water stations Could be more in the last miles 13. Organization Good 14. Porta Potties Limited 15. Food at finish line Pizza if you are slow and lucky 16. Weather HOT, HUMID summer in the south 17. Medals Same logo as shirt 18. Other races 14.2 19. Airport Tupelo 20. Hotel Holiday Inn Express marathon rate  

Quad Cities Marathon by Dana

1. Marathon Name. Quad Cities Marathon 2. Location. Moline, Illinois 3. Website. 4. Contact information. 5. Month. September 6. Start times. 7:30 7. Time limits. Finish it. 8. Course description. QC MARATHON The weather was beautiful for the Quad Cities Marathon with temps in the low sixties at the 7:30 start from Moline, Illinois, on Sunday, September 26 (and upper seventies at the six-hour limit for lane closures). About 2,500 runners gathered at the starting line but only about 500 were registered for the full marathon; the others were there to run the half marathon, marathon relay, or 5K. We launched slowly and were greeted by the local high school band playing the Olympic theme song (a very nice touch). The end of the first mile found us running on I-74 (one lane closed for runners) over the Mississippi River; the view was grand as river traffic and casinos painted the foreground while human development and all the greenery of trees and pleasantly filled the background. Coming off the bridge, we stepped into Bettendorf, Iowa. The next few miles took us north past the Isle of Capri Casino/Hotel a bit and then south along the river through business and nice residential areas (overlooking the river at most points) and onto a bike path for a while into Davenport. As we ran past another casino and John O'Donell Stadium (where the Swing of the Quad Cities plays minor league baseball) in Davenport, we sensed that community pride was evident and that the route had been policed for our arrival. After that, a couple of sharp turns put us on Centennial Bridge back over the Mississippi into Rock Island, Illinois. After a couple of miles that took us past their "riverboat" casino, we were trotted onto Arsenal Island and the Coast Guard Station there. Though a military installation, we were presented with a peaceful path along the river and winding through their golf course; Canadian Geese were plentiful along the levy and squirrels played among the trees (showing us just how fast they could run) mere steps away from our course. After reaching the fantastic stone buildings of the complex's core, we were taken past a display of historic armored vehicles and two cemeteries (one Confederate and one National; the Confederates controlled the island between 1863 and 1865). Popping off the island at the opposite end from which we entered, we were back in Moline and East Moline for our final nine miles. This part of the course warmed up to upper-seventies temps because of the lack of trees and it being later in the morning. It was peppered with bands playing (rock, jazz, folk, string, and gospel music) and extra interest from the local residents as we ran. The finale brought us back to the same line that had started us a few hours earlier in front of the Mark of the Quad Cities concert/sports hall (where I had seen Tim McGraw in concert the night before). The volunteers were placed approximately two miles apart and though not plentiful, did a great job of passing out water and Gatorade at most stations. Gu had two stations placed appropriately on the course just ahead of the water stations that would aide in washing it down the gullet. The massage tables had a very short wait but I was not able to take advantage of them because of my pending hotel check-out (the Radisson Hotel had been a perfect selection as they had a special price and were only steps from the start/finish). The post-race grub included a small slice of pizza, yogurt, popsicles, water, and beer. The event's organizers had done a fine job of routing an interesting course and coordinating all the lane/road closures! Another highlight of the trip was meeting Jerry Schaver (director) and Shirley Pratt (www.21RunSalute.Org) and seeing Dean Rademaker (founder) of the 50 & DC Marathon Group; they are all colorful individuals with tales to tell! 9. Pasta Dinner. Yes and very good 10. Expo. Yes 11. Support & spectators. Many in different spots 12. Water stations. Many water stations about every two miles 13. Organization. Very good and helpful 14. Porta Potties. Yes all over the coures 15. Food at finish line. allot of food and drinks 16. Weather. Could be warm or has been cool 17. Metals. Yes 18. Other races like Half, 10k or 5k. 5K, and Half Marathon 19. Airport. Moline Airport 20. Hotel. All over on both sides of the river  

Silver State by Jim

1. Marathon Name Silver State 2. Location Bowers Mansion County Park between Reno and Carson City Nevada 3. Website 8/04 no information or flyer available 4. Contact information 5. Month August 6. Start times 6:00 AM 7. Time limits N/A 8. Course description Road and off road, the off road portion was a dirt/sand road through fields. In dry weather the road is a loose ankle deep sand with no shade. The views are spectacular in the Washoe valley and if speed is not important it is a challenging run. 9. Pasta Dinner On your own in Reno 10. Expo None 11. Support & spectators Very few mainly friends and family of runners near finish 12. Water stations Adequate 13. Organization Good 14. Porta Potties Limited but with not many runners and open fields it is not a problem 15. Food at finish line Picnic 16. Weather Hot very little shade on half the course 17. Medals Unique produced at the Carson City Mint 18. Other races Half, 10k 19. Airport Reno 20. Hotel No Host  

Paavo Nurmi by Rose Ann

1. Marathon Name Paavo Nurmi 2. Location Hurley, Wisconsin 3. Website <> 4. Contact Information Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce Ricky Kelly, Race Director 316 Silver Street Hurley, WI 54534 715.561.4334 E-mail: <> 5. Month August -2nd Saturday 6. Start Time 7:30 a.m. 7: Time limits Finish Line closes at 1:30 p.m. 8. Course Description Certified. Point to Point - Upson to Hurley; Paved and Moderate to Hilly -Elevation 1500 to 1700 ft. Transportation: Bus from downtown Hurley to start line beginning at 5:45. Packet Pickup and Registration: Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. At the Chamber of Commerce - 316 Silver Street. 9. Pasta Dinner Spaghetti Feed - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. $5 at the door. 10. Expo None but there is a special Torchlighting Ceremony held on Friday night to kick-off "The Paavo" weekend at 8:30 p.m. with music starting at 7:30 p.m. 11. Support & Spectators Great Support from Community Spectators at designated areas only along the course. 12. Water Stations Every 3 miles first 18 miles; every mile thereafter. 13. Organization Very well organized by The Hurley Area Lioness & The Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce. 14. Porta Potties At Race Start and Along the Course. 15. Food at Finish Line Mojakka (Finnish Stew) with bread and fruit 16. Weather Usually 65 to 70 degrees; 2004 - 37 to 66 degrees. 17. Medals Nice Finisher Medal and T-Shirt 18. Other races Wheelchair; Handcycle; Relays - 2 and 5 person 19. Airport CWA in Wausau, WI Duluth, MN Several others - call the Chamber for information. 20. Hotels Hurley, WI and Ironwood, MI (1 mile away) Call the Hurley Chamber of Commerce for information. 715.561.4334  

Jay Mountain Marathon by Tom

Jay Mountain Marathon Saturday July 29, 2006 8:00 a.m. Start • Location: Jay, Vermont • Port-a-potties at the start / finish and aid station 2/4 • Food and beverage available at the finish • There were a total of 8 aid stations. Everyone needs to carry a water bottle with them. (I carried a 16 oz bottle; it wasn’t big enough) • Airports: I flew into Boston and drove up – appx. 200 miles interstate • There is a Super 8 motel in Newport, VT about 30 minutes from Jay or several lodges in the Jay, VT area • Weather; 68 to 85 with humidity except on top of the mountain where it was pleasantly cool for runners and cold for my wife who took the ski lift to the top. It’s billed as the toughest marathon in the eastern part of the United States. It is definitely tough, although this year they said the course was 31.6 miles, which is slightly more than 50K, not your run of the mill marathon. Their cutoff at the half marathon (19 miles) was 5 ? hours. They further stated that if you hadn’t run a marathon in 5 ? hours this year, you should probably pass this one up. Well, I run marathons at +/- 4 hours, so…… no sweat. I made the cutoff by two minutes. The race starts off running up a grassy slope of around 6 degrees, similar to the hills where I live in Georgia. It wasn’t long until the race went on to a trail that maybe three people could run abreast, soon many portions of the trail would be single track. This started the real stringing out of the race. By the time we got to the first real hill, where ropes were provided and needed by all runners, I started to think maybe this would be a tough run. In the race literature it talked about their being some mud on the course, this was flat out wrong. There was mud everywhere, you know the stuff that you sink into about half way up your calves and tries to suck your shoes off and maybe your feet also. Arriving at the first aid station in 1 hour 20 minutes I had to ask how far we had come, to which they responded: 4 miles. To get to aid station #2, the course goes into a creek for a mile (?) or so. Sometimes you could run on dry rocks, sometimes the water was inches deep, sometimes it was thigh deep. It was refreshingly cool. The next stage involved the climbing of Jay Mountain, approximately 2000 vertical feet. This was pretty much up a jeep path that was steep enough for all of the people I was with to walk. Coming down off Jay Mountain was done on a ski slope. Some people did run, but I walked most of the way, as I really didn’t want to fall and break every bone in my body on the roll to the bottom. Then back into the woods, the mud and the occasional creek. All told, I guess there are 4 to 5 miles of the race that are in the creek. There’s a 50-foot river crossing that one uses a rope to pull yourself to the other side. You lie back in the water; let your feet float up and use arm power. I wanted something different. I got it. 10 hours, 2 minutes and 34 seconds after the race start, I crossed the finish line. They gave me a metal, pointed to the showers and food service, but I walked over to the river and sat down in it for 10 minutes to relieve the fire in my legs. Then upon trying to stand, my left calf cramped for what must have been the 6th time that day and I was just glad it was over and that I had survived the run. It was a fantastic day!

Hatfield & McCoy Marathon by Rose Ann

1. Marathon Name Hatfield & McCoy Marathon 2. Location Start: Goody, Kentucky; Finish: Williamson, WV 3. Website 4. Contact Information David Hatfield, President TVRRC 606.353.1626 Tug Valley Road Runners Club 801 Mudlick Road Hardy, KY 41531 5. Month June - was June 12, 2004 6. Start Time 7:00 a.m. 7: Time limits None 8. Course Description The Challenging historic course starts at Food City in Goody, KY, and finishes in downtown Williamson, WV. Transportation: Beginning at 5:00 a.m., bus picks up runners from Sycamore Inn, Super 8 in and town parking lots in Williamson to the start in Goody. Shuttle service will bring runners back from Matewan, WV after the Half-Marathon. Packet Pickup and Registration: Day before race at the Brass Tree Restaurant from 3 p.m to 9 p.m. 9. Pasta Dinner Free to all registered runners. Guest are $5 at the door. Brass Tree Restaurant. 10. Expo None 11. Support & Spectators Great Support from Community Spectators at designated areas along the course. 12. Water Stations There are 25 water stops and 2 aid stations at start/finish. 13. Organization Well organized by Tug Valley RRC (TVRRC) 14. Porta Potties At Start and various places. 15. Food at Finish Line Pig Fest Post race party downtown Williamson, WV. 16. Weather Varies from 55 degrees at start to 80 degrees at finish. 17. Medals Finisher Medal and T-Shirt 18. Other races Half-marathon. 19. Airport Check website at: 20. Hotels Check website at:  

Ridge Runner Marathon by Jim

1. Marathon Name Ridge Runner Marathon 2. Location Cairo, West Virginia 3. Website 4. Contact information 5. Month June 6. Start times 7:00 AM 7. Time limits N/A 8. Course description First half country roads through rural West Virginia, very little traffic very scenic. A lot of challenging hills on the first half. Second half goes on a rail/trail hard packed dirt gravel, which makes a good running surface, since it is an old rail trail, the elevation increase is not noticeable. The trail is an old rail line through woods and three tunnels through the mountains. The marathon starts and finishes in North Bend State Park. 9. Pasta Dinner None 10. Expo None 11. Support & spectators VERY few mainly family and friends at finish. 12. Water stations Adequate 13. Organization Very good 14. Porta Potties Limited 15. Food at finish line Prepared by running club, hot dogs hamburgers etc. 16. Weather Temps in the 60s with a lot of shade on trial portion 17. Medals Plain medal 18. Other races None 19. Airport Parkersburg or Charleston, Cairo is near nothing. 20. Hotel Highly recommended that you plan to get a room at the lodge in the State Park, it avoids traveling the 15 - 20 miles from Parkersburg to get to the start in time. The lodge is within walking distance to the start and finish.  

Nissan Buffalo Marathon by Shirley

Nissan Buffalo Marathon Buffalo, New York John Beishline, Race Director 716-694-5154 Race held on Sunday, end of May The Nissan Buffalo Marathon is a race with a wonderful course and nice weather, a great way to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. In 2004, there were about 700 marathoners. In addition to the marathon, there is also a half marathon event. The full marathon starts in downtown Buffalo by the race hotel at 7:30 am. Half marathoners take a free bus provided by the race organizers to their start line located at the halfway point of the full marathon course and start at 8:15 am. The time limit for the full marathon is 5 ½ hours. Race chips were provided but only the finish time was recorded. The race also had a wheelchair race division. Course and Weather Conditions The race course is a beautiful, largely shaded, route that takes participants to three of the most city’s most popular running areas. It starts and ends adjacent to the race hotel The first part of the course takes runners toward and along Lake Erie where they are rewarded with great scenic lake views. The course then takes runners back downtown and through the city of Buffalo to Forest Lawn Cemetery, where many famous people are buried. Runners run on a nice shaded path that encircles the cemetery and then past Delaware Park. Runners go on to make a loop around a residential area and then run through Delaney Park on the way back before heading back downtown towards the finish line. The course is USATF certified. The race website says average low temperature is 52 F and average high temperature is 71F. In 2004, the weather in Buffalo was a little cooler at the start, more like mid-40’s, but it warmed up to about 70 degrees by noon and the shade provided by trees and buildings was welcomed by runners. Support Aid stations with water and sports drinks were located about 2 miles apart starting at mile 3, a little late for most but runners knew that ahead of time. I thought the volunteers manning the aid stations did a great job both handling out fluids and cheering runners on, but I heard from other slower runners (5+ hour finishers) that some had abandoned their stations, which is not good. For a good sized city, the crowd support was surprisingly small. Only small pockets of spectators were along the course. Most of the spectators were congregated at the finish line but still not what one would expect for a city of Buffalo’s size. Bathrooms were conveniently located in the race hotel near where the race started and finished. Port-a-potties were also located around the 10K and 20K points. The course and mile markers were clearly marked with plenty of course marshals and police on hand to help direct runners and control traffic. Other The only thing I didn’t like about this race was the fact that there was no food at the finish line, only fluids. The post-race food was located a short walk away in the convention center where the awards ceremony was to be held, but not where I was heading after my race. The race cost, which included the pasta dinner, is one of the lowest around. The expo was good for a race of its size. Runners received an average looking short-sleeved cotton T-shirt and medal. Of special note, the race director was kind enough to mail trophies to those who could not attend the ceremony after the race free of charge. First-time visitors to the area should take a day to explore Niagara Falls, which is less than an hour’s drive from Buffalo.  

Bayshore Marathon by Jim

1. Marathon Name Bayshore Marathon 2. Location Traverse City, Michigan 3. Website 4. Contact information 5. Month May 6. Start times 7:00 AM 7. Time limits 8. Course description Out and back on flat to gentle rolling hills. Starts on college campus and runs along side Lake Michigan with spectacular views and cooling breezes. The last quarter mile and finish is on the track at the high school which means the stands are filled with spectators waiting for their runners to finish. Might be a little sparse if you are slow. 9. Pasta Dinner None 10. Expo None packet pickup at High School gym 11. Support & spectators Very few 12. Water stations Adequate 13. Organization Very good 14. Porta Potties limited 15. Food at finish line 16. Weather Excellent low humid temp in the 60s. 17. Metals Plain 18. Other races Fun run 19. Airport Traverse City 20. Hotel No host but plenty of rooms available  

Country Music Marathon by Peggy

Name: Country Music Marathon Location: Nashville, TN Website: Month: April Start times:  Wheelers 6:45 and runners 7am and about every 2 min. wave starts. Limits: Descripition: A dreary start to what turned out to be a bright day in every way at the Nashville, Tennessee Country Music Marathon on April 26, 2008. The weather cooperated as the rain stopped and the sun came out. The course was challenging, as there were several inclines. Fan support was good. The course was sceneic and took us through the downtown streets of Nashville, along a bike path and out to a park in which we made a loop and came back the last six miles to finish up at LP Stadium, Home of the Tennessee Titans Football Team. The water/accelerade stops on the course were plentiful. The volunteers along the course were great. They were cheering and supportive. The cheerleaders and people on route were enthusiastic. The bands provided the necessary pick me up that runners need to propek them to the end. Although, the bans did seem to lessen throughout the last 13 miles. There were many port-o-john available. The medals for both the half marathon and full marathon were really good-heavy and substantial. I look for good medals and this one defintely ranks high! One disappointment though was the marathon t-shirt that we got at the expo. The half marathon t-shirt design was better. The expo provided a great selection of vendors. It was a huge place, accomodating the amount of people. There was a decent selection of marathon merchandise available to buy. I wasn't overly crazed by the design. I guess I expected more as I have run both the Arizona Rock and Roll and the San Diego and the shirt designs with guitars/runners were more appealing. The only complaint I have about the whole experience was the problem with shuttle service or lack of at the finish to get me back to the hotel. Thank God for friendly marathoners who had a car and were able to give me a ride back to the hotel. Overall, wonderful place for a marathon. Awesome nightlife downtown. The streets were hopping on Saturday night. Fun people, good restaurants-DEMOS. A variety of music/bars. I suggest Coyote Ugly and WildHorse Saloon. I also love the idea that one side of the road is non-smoking bars. Coming from NJ where there is no-smoking in any bar or restaurant  I am always looking for this and I found it here. I only hope that as I make my trek around the 50 states that I find this in every state. Thanks Nashville. Pasta dinner: No find your own. Expo: Yes Support and Spectators:  Lots of people to yell for you and many bands to play along the way. Water:  Lots of water and sports drink on the course and gels. Organization: It’s good but the down town area it’s hard to park for around 30,000 people to get around. Porta-potties: many on the course. Food at finish: Yes also of food and drinks Weather: The weather can be cool and some time warm and sunny. Avg. temp 58 start and finish 65. Medals: Yes and very nice. Other races: Full and half marathon Airport:  Nashville Hotels:  many in the area. The Best Western Suits  on 155 and exit 12 is a very nice and clean place to stay with many place to eat at. After the race It’s hard to get back the Hotel. So try this service called Music Star Shuttle and ask for C J 615-887-6097 very good service.

Knoxville Marathon by Rose Ann

  1. Marathon Name Knoxville Marathon
  2. Location Knoxville, TN
  3. Website
  4. Contact Information Knoxville Marathon Organization P.O. Box 967 Knoxville, TN 37901
  1. Month March
  2. Start Time 7:00 a.m.
7: Time limits Marathon course closes at 1:00 p.m. Entry Limits: 1,000 for marathon; 2,000 for Half-Marathon; 1,500 for 5K; 500 for kids 1.2 mile run.
  1. Course Description The challenging course starts in downtown Knoxville, right next
to the Holiday Inn Select at 525 Henley and finishes at the Neyland Stadium - about a 10 minute walk back to the Holiday Inn Select.
  1.  Transportation None.
  2. Packet Pickup-Registration Day before race - Knoxville Convention Center 10 a.m.-8pm.
  3. Pasta Dinner Knoxville Convention Center - Night before race from:
5 p.m.-8 p.m. $15/person.
  1. Expo Yes - Knoxville Convention Center - 701 Henley Street,
Knoxville, TN 37902 - time - 10 am to 8 pm. and post-race.
  1. Support & Spectators Great Support from Community
Spectators all along the course.
  1. Water Stations Every 1 to 2 miles.
  2. Organization Very well organized.
  3. Porta Potties Every few miles along the way.
  4. Food at Finish Line Variety of food.
  5. Weather 2005 - 42 to 52 degrees.
  6. Medals Beautiful Finisher Medal along with finisher T-Shirt.
  7. Other races Half-Marathon; 5K; Kids-1.2 mile.
  8.  Airport Knoxvile, TN
Nashville, TN - 170 miles.
  1.  Hotels Host Hotel - Holiday Inn Select 525 Henley (corner of Henley and Clinch) Knoxville, TN

R.H. Viola Family Eisenhower Marathon by Rose Ann

1.Marathon Name R.H. Viola Family Eisenhower Marathon 2.Location Abilene, Kansas 3.Website 4.Contact Information Dickinson County Chapter of the American Red Cross 206 N. Broadway Abilene, KS 67410 Phone-785.263.2341; Fax-785.263.2783 E-mail: 5.Month April 8, 2006 6.Start Time 7:00 a.m. for Marathon/Half-Marathon 7:15 a.m. for 5K/10K 8:00 a.m. Community Walk 7:Time limits None; but no course security after 6 hours (or 1:00 pm) 8.Course Description USATF Certified-code #KS02046BG, mostly flat and fast, traffic detoured. Boston-Qualifier. 9. Packet Pickup and Registration: Friday before from 3 pm to 8 p.m. at St. Andrews Parish Hall, 311 S. Buckeye, or Race Day from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. at Parish Hall. Race Date Registration. 10.Pasta Dinner Friday night from 6 pm to 8 pm - Adults $6, Children $3 11.Expo None 12.Support & Spectators Great Support from Community Spectators all along the course. 13.Water Stations Every mile with fruit, powerade and water. 14.Organization Very well organized by American Red Cross 15.Porta Potties Approximately every 3 miles. 16.Food at Finish Line Brunch; 5:30 pm. Viola Family Dinner 17.Weather Usually 35 to 70 degrees; 18.Medals Nice Finisher Medal and T-Shirt 19.Airport Kansas City, MO (MCI) - 160 miles - All freeway 20.Hotels Abilene Motels (ask for a 10% runner discount) Best Western, 1709 N. Buckeye, 785-263-2800 Best Western, 2210 N. Buckeye, 785-263-2050 Budget Inn, 101 NW 14th, 785-263-3600 Diamond Motel, 1407 NW 3rd, 785-263-2360 Holiday Inn Express, 110 E. Lafayette, 263-4049 Super 8, 2207 N. Buckeye, 785-263-4545

Big Island International Marathon by Shirely

Big Island International Marathon Hilo, Hawaii 808-969-7400 or Race held on Saturday, mid-March The Big Island International Marathon is a very small race held on the Big Island with lots of "aloha spirit." The race is growing in size every year and had about 200 marathoners in 2004, many of which were from Japan. In addition to the marathon event, there is also a shorter race of 10.8 miles held in conjunction. A 3.1 mile fun run/walk is held the day before. Marathoners start the same time as those running the 10.8 mile race, 6 am. The time limit to run the marathon is 7 hours. No race chips are used. Course and Weather Conditions The race course is a gorgeous point-to-point course that starts at the Kulaimana Community Center in Pepeekeo, about 11 miles north of Hilo. Runners can take a free bus provided by the race organizers or be dropped off at the start by someone else. There is no transportation back to the race start, however, and cars cannot be left at the community center. The first 10 miles of the course drops a net amount of 500 feet but a few challenging hills are encountered while running past gorgeous waterfalls, rainforests and scenic beach overlooks. Those running the 10.8 mile race finish when they reach the north side of Hilo at the Hilo Bay Front Park area while marathoners continue on to run around the city of Hilo itself. The course from here on out is relatively flat. Marathoners will run past huge banyan trees, on part of a National Guard base, past more scenic lava beaches on the south side of Hilo and finish back at the Hilo Bay Front Park. The course is USATF certified. March weather in Hilo is relatively cool for Hawaii but pretty warm and humid for most visitors. Rain showers are common in the mornings, which is no surprise considering how lush and green the area is. Expect temperatures at the race start to be in the high 60’s to low 70’s. The temperature by noon time will usually be up around 80. Support Aid stations are located about 2 miles apart, well-stocked with water and manned by very friendly, enthusiastic volunteers. After mile 16, sports drinks, gels and sponges are also available. Spectators are hardly seen in the first 10 miles of the course, but runners will be too distracted by the beauty of the scenery to notice. Once in Hilo, pockets of cheering crowds are seen along parts of the course. Most of the spectators are in the Hilo Bay Front Park area near the 11 mile marker and the finish line. Bathrooms are available in the community center where the race starts and there are public restrooms at the finish line area, which is also near the 11 mile marker for marathoners. I didn’t notice other port-a-potties along the course but I’m sure there were some for runners as well as some at the beaches we ran past. The course and mile markers are clearly marked with ample course marshals and police on hand to help direct runners and control traffic. Other The Big Island International Marathon organization is very well organized. The race cost, which doesn’t include the pasta dinner, is very affordable if you register before November 1 and get the 50% discount. The expo for this very race was very small, as one would expect. Runners received a very bright colored short sleeved cotton T-shirt and a rather plain medal. There was plenty of drinks, fruit and sandwiches available at the finish line along with some live music from the city band. The mayor of Hilo was at the award ceremony to congratulate all race award winners, which shows how important this race is to him and his community. First-time visitors to the Big Island should allow several extra days to enjoy the many other activities available on the island.  

Camp Lejeune by Shirley

Camp Lejeune Camp Lejuene, North Carolina Mike Marion, Race Director 910-451-1210 or Race held on Saturday, end of February The Camp Lejeune Marathon is a very small race with lots of pride and patriotism. In 2004, there were about 100 marathoners, many of them active duty or former military. The race is run entirely within the confines of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and all entrants must allow extra time to check in at the front gate before entering the base. The marathon starts at 8am and has a 6 hour time limit. A 5K run/walk event is also held in conjunction with the marathon event. Race chips are used but only the finish time is recorded. The race also had a wheelchair race division. Course and Weather Conditions The race begins at the Goettge Memorial Field House located in the center of town on base. The course is a basically a flat loop that takes participants through residential areas of the base, past several scenic open field training areas and then back to main town on base for a stadium style finish on a track behind Goettge Field House. The course is USATF certified. February weather at Camp Lejeune can be quite variable. In 2004, race day weather was sunny and cool, ideal for most runners, but the day before it was miserably cold, rainy and overcast due to a passing front. Temperatures started out in the mid-30’s and warmed up into the 50’s by early afternoon. The only concern at the start of the race was occasional patches of ice on the ground but most of it had been cleared aside and quickly melted as the morning sun rose. As in previous years, there was a notable headwind between miles 20 and 24 that challenged runners. Runners could stay nice and warm in the field house before and after the race. Support Aid stations were well-stocked with water and sports drinks and located every 2 miles until mile 10, every mile thereafter. Vaseline was also available at some aid stations after mile 10. The volunteers manning the aid stations were mostly military personnel and extremely polite, addressing most runners as sir or ma’am when cheering for them. Since the race was held entirely on base, spectators were very limited. A few of the residents came out to their front yards to watch runners pass by. Some family members and friends were situated along parts of the course. There were only a few spectators at the end as well despite the nice stadium-style finish. Bathrooms were located in the Goettge Field House where the race started and finished. Port-a-potties were located at miles 9, 15 and 20. After the race, free showers were available in the field house, a nice amenity for those who may be leaving the same day of the race. The course and mile markers were clearly marked with ample course marshals and military police on hand to help direct runners and control traffic. Other This race was exceptionally well organized with everything exactly as stated in the information given to runners. There was no pasta dinner or expo associated with the event. Runners pick up their race packets the morning of the race at the field house. There was plenty of drinks, fruit, bagels, hot pasta in the field house where the awards ceremony was also later held. Runners received a very nice long-sleeved mock turtle neck shirt with an attractive design. The medal, however, was rather average in appearance. Because the race is so small, many runners received a nice wooden plaque awards in addition to finisher medals. Note that because many active service members participate in this race, it was cancelled in 2003 due to large base deployments.