Scenic and mellow (about: 2012)|
B. W. from MA (1/8/13)
1 previous marathon
| 1 Myles Standish Marathon
2012 was the inaugural race - I ran it because NYC was cancelled and I wanted to complete a marathon, my first.
Course is very lovely, as most of it (~15M) is run through the beautiful Myles Standish State Forest. Rolling hills throughout and a couple of really big hills in the latter part of the race, so not a great course for time. Also, there is about 2 miles of dirt road after leaving the forest. Start was in the forest and end was near the Bayside running store. Everything was mellow until the approach to the finish, where we had to traverse Sunday morning mall traffic.
The race had about 300 runners plus 100 relay teams. The relay teams added to the ambiance as the biggest cheers were from the relayers at the exchange zones. otherwise it did get lonely out there at times.
It was well-organized for a small race, with a nice medal and a nice t-shirt. Water/gatorade stops about every other mile.
I would like to see this race continue. My suggestion would be to have the race run entirely in the Forest, as the last mile was the most harrowing for traffic.