Solid, Low-Key, Mid-Summer Marathon (about: 2003)|
Kevin Donoghue from New York, NY (8/5/03)
This is a perfect race for runners looking to run a marathon in mid-summer New England. There are not a lot of runners, and it is a relatively flat course, run at night around a lake (8 times). The organizers do a great job in putting it together, and runners get inspiration and encouragement from other runners.
2003 race was run in the rain, in temperatures in the mid 60's. Much cooler than expected. Mile markers, which are painted in the ground, are difficult to see (and easily missed) when the sun goes down. Running at night adds a new element, as you may not be capable of running at top speeds due to uncertainty of terrain ahead.
The real warriors of this race are the 24-Hour Ultra Runners, and 24-Hour Ultra Relay Teams. They make the marathon runners look like a bunch of wimps.
Overall, I liked the race, the small numbers and the course. I recommend it to all runners looking to improve their racing in mid-summer New England.