An awesome, one-of-a-kind experience (about: 2010)|
David Alm from Brooklyn, NY (4/19/10)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Gansett Marathon
I learned of this race through the Runner's World Online Forums after the Boston Marathon closed in mid-November. It appealed to me instantly for its grassroots nature, its location, and the whole philosophy behind having a qualifiers-only event that ISN'T the Boston Marathon.
I've run Boston four times, and I was looking for something different: something non-commercial, something small, something like the races I used to watch my dad run back in the early 80s. I found it in Exeter.
Mike, the race director, made it a special experience for everyone there. When have you ever run a race with runners from all over the country where the RD knows every single person by name? It was like being part of a select club, but without any airs of elitism. Truly a unique experience. The post-race party was fun, too. We could all fit inside a small ski lodge.
The course will change next year, so there's not much point in discussing it. But the roads around Exeter are quite similar, and I can imagine it will always be fairly rolling, which makes it hard to PR in but also pretty easy on the legs. All in all, a wonderful place to run.