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Baystate Marathon Reviews


5.0 Stars from 23 Runners





  

By about 2016


Review

Good marathon to BQ. I managed to BQ, but only by 50 seconds. My garmin had it at 26.38. Bummer - at my pace that .18 added probably a minute and a half.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Flat, fast course. Brings out some good competition. Good volunteers. Well run, and well organized. Pace groups are nice. Unfortunately, lots of road kill on the course this year. Also, there were quite a few places where the road surface was shoddy, so you have to watch your step, especially in the later miles.


Race Tips

Early sections are good because there are a lot of places for spectators to cheer runners on. The course is a double loop and goes through some 'quiet' sections, so be prepared to self-motivate then.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Good idea to arrive early before traffic


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

PRO: Fast course; engaged volunteers; great views; wonderful post-race support (food, drink, massage, etc).

CON: Parts of course were not closed to traffic, which was sometimes distracting/worrying and made some stretches fairly narrow but thankfully not enough to affect my race; crowd support was weak in stretches but volunteers more than made up for that.


Race Tips

Looped course, which I thought might get boring, actually allowed me to better plan strategy with no surprises. The end has some rolling hills so save a little in the tank. Found the start/finish management to be efficient and not overly chaotic. Course wasn't too crowded.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parked at Tsongas center for $5 & was right at the starting area. There was traffic getting into Lowell at 645, best to get there early (esp if need to pick up bib that morning).


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great, flat course. Excellent race support and organization. Great medal and tech shirt. One of my favorite marathons. The only thing I would like is better post-race food.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Great atmosphere - experiencing New England in the Fall is always a treat.


Race Tips

It tends to get a little brisk, and there is some wind. Dress in layers that you don't mind tossing.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Downtown Lowell has a lot of nice little places, but you can stay anywhere from Woburn, MA to Nashua, NH and be there in less than 20 minutes. Even take a trip into Boston on an off day in less than an hour.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Fairly flat course but big hill at mile 4 & 14. Liked how you can take your picture next to a big sign/clock with your marathon time! Photographers took a lot of great pictures. Race is not too crowded so you are not slowed down.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Very well organized. Lots of fun and good people.


Race Tips

Overall, pretty fast course.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Great city, good town and time of year.


Race Tips

Flat, loop course good for making great times!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plenty of garage and street parking


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Course is a double loop. Not overly crowded and easy to find space to run your pace from the start. Mostly flat with small/slight inclines/declines.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Well organized, spectator friendly!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Fast course, really well organized, no frills marathon. The host club Greater Lowell Road Runners really know how to put on a quality event.


Race Tips

Hit Beer Works (steps from the finish) after the race!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There is plenty of street parking nearby if you get there early enough. Also the John Street parking garage has indoor bathrooms.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

This is for runners by runners!!! One of the only marathons in the country (left) that is entirely running club managed. Created by runners to get to Boston - and it does that! 25% of the field runs a BQ (used to be 33% before Boston tightened the standards).
Pretty flat around a river makes it fast. A ten mile loop run twice actually works to your advantage - no surprises.
What's not to like - the crazy Boston registration period that opens right before this and every other marathon, locking us out of the following Boston - BOO Boston committee.


Race Tips

This is a course to run even splits - no significant terrain changes to worry about. Set that pace for your goal and go for it.
Expect to seed yourself - this is still small enough to let runners do it the old fashion way - no cattle calls to corals. Look for pace groups and/or like minded runners to pace with.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Two loop double stem lollipop course lets you always have a goal within 5 miles. Just enough rolls to keep you legs alive.


Race Tips

Last three miles seem long, and the open traffic nearby can be distracting.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Do not park in the Ayotte Garage nearest the Tsongas Center. Traffic is awful to get in there.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Great course, easy logistics, got my BQ, lots of good spots for spectators.


Race Tips

Carry some extra nutrition; there were only a couple of gel stations and I missed one of them.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Great Vietnamese noodle place not far from start/finish. We went there the night before and after the race.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Nice course with a few hills to keep it interesting. Lots of spectators.


Race Tips

Great course for a BQ! Great post race food.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

Wonderful volunteer support and race organization with all of your energy and hydration needs being met swith a smile. Excellent food post-race. Fast, flat course great for qualifying for Boston. A beautiful course and food race for seasoned athletes and beginner marathoners alike.


Race Tips

Don't wait until the last minute to use the bathroom or you will not start on time.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

Fast and flat! Decent crowd support and one of the best run events!


Race Tips

Cool temps, slight decline miles 8 -12 and 18 - 22. Dont be afraid to pick it up a little on these sections


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Arrive early, parking in the city can fill up quickly.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

Awesome BQ


Race Tips

Flat, keep the pace


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Race Tips

Fast and flat, by runners and for runners. Tightly organized, friendly and enthusiastic support from start to finish, scenic double loop. Great Boston qualifier.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

The race is small yet well organized. It's a great race to really get up and go--not too many people in the way, especially if you're up in front.


Race Tips

Hills in the first 1/3 then pretty flat and fast.


5 / 5 Stars


  Flat, fast BQ race

By about 2011


Review

This was a great race. It is a flat and fast course. There are a lot of faster runners, so if you are trying to BQ then you'll likely find a group to run with.


Race Tips

It's a double loop course. I've done this a race a few times and since it is around a lake, sometimes you can run into a headwind for a time (you also get the tailwind too).


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I'm local, so I just drove in. No worries. There is plenty of parking on race day.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2010


Review

Well run. Beautiful course. Fast course and reasonably sized. Great food after and good support at hydration stations. My favorite of the 17 marathons I've run.


Race Tips

Be prepared for the HILL at mile 25. It's definitely doable if you aren't caught off guard and over ran the previous miles.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I stayed outside Boston and had an easy time driving to the race. I love they open the high school for you to warm up in and use the bathrooms so you don't have to be out in the chilly morning until just before the race starts.


5 / 5 Stars





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