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Erie Marathon At Presque Isle Reviews


4.9 Stars from 8 Runners





  Mixed Reviews on this Race!

By about 2017


Review

Things I liked: LOVED the size of this race and the first loop was absolutely beautiful (by the second loop it kind of all looks the same). Loved that there as a fun water stop every mile (the volunteers and water stops were AWESOME)- gave you something to look forward to. I happened to get lucky and had great weather but I have heard the weather is usually very good for this race each year.

What I didn't like: We had 1.5 miles each loop of swarms of newly hatched mayflies that were EVERYWHERE so for 3 miles of the race, you were literally swatting swarms of bugs that you could not avoid. Nothing that anyone could control, no biggie. The sand made it slippery around a couple water stops. I was fortunate enough to have BQ'd before this race so this was simply a training run for me (though I did clock a PR) but my biggest downside to this race was the feeling before and during the race...it felt...heavy. Not as fun and relaxed as other races and I'm sure that was largely because many people were there specifically to BQ. Finally, the GU Brew was terrible. I am used to Gatorade so maybe it's supposed to taste that watered down but it was not good at all. The fun volunteers handing it out made it worth tolerating though!


Race Tips

If you want to BQ and actually run Boston, you would have to pace ahead of your group as they were only about a minute under BQ time standards, which would likely not be aggressive enough to get a person to run Boston.

This race feels very much like a long training run (which I LOVED) so just know going in that it isn't huge with spectators or noise. It's just you, running alongside trees and water with newly found friends.


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

Book early and request late checkout as soon as you book as most hotels were kicking runners out at typical checkout time, which wasn't enough time to go back for a quick shower.

YOU CAN PARK ON THE PENINSULA! Many people parked outside of the park and had to walk a ways UPHILL back to their car after the race. Yikes after running a marathon!


4 / 5 Stars


  Easy logistics, great staff, fast course - Erie Marathon 17

By about 2017


Review

First time for me to run this marathon, I would definitely recommend it to others. I thought all of the logistics for this marathon were well thought out and executed. It was a little intimidating at first at check in b/c it seems like EVERYONE is wearing a Boston jacket.

PROS: Flat course. Mild temperatures. Shaded course. Excellent course support with water stops and porta-johns every mile. Scenery was interesting and enjoyable. Music at the water stops was fun. The fact that the water stop crews are competing against each other makes it fun. Contrary to earlier years reviews, there were pacers this year.

CONS: Maybe a pro from your pov but it is kind of a serious race with large majority of runners trying to BQ. Overall, I give the course high marks but some will not like double loop. The courses one true con would be leading up and including the turnaround right before miles 13 and 26--felt like you were running through traffic and then having to do a 180 turn to come back to start/finish area.


Race Tips

Logistics were very easy for this race. Parking this year was about .7 miles from start and we rode the shuttles down to the start area. Most recommended hotels are nice and clustered around 9 miles from parking. No traffic issues getting to parking in about 18 minutes and immediately boarded shuttle to start. Bag drop and plenty of porta johns immediately adjacent to start corals. Nice finishing snacks with subway sandwich pack, chips, cookies, bananas, bagels, chocolate milk and plenty of water bottles.


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

2017


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Lots of water stops and a very well organized race. Great small town marathon and perfect BQ course.


Race Tips

Arrive early!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great small town marathon. Lot's of participants, flat, easy qualifier.


Race Tips

Just try your best


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

Very easy to understand race. You run around the island twice.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Pancake flat, great fan and hydration support, and a perfect 26.2 for a Last minute BQ


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

Make sure to plan for Lake Erie PA wine country and Niagara Falls after the race.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Great, fast and flat. Water/Gatorade stops EVERY MILE! Great, quiet, nice scenery.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

Super flat, beautiful views of lake, all in a state park, aid stations every mile


Race Tips

Super flat, fast, lots of bq people, my PR course.


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

Lots of local places by peninsula, Sara's great for burger, sarafinis awesome Italian for night before, bruerie had good brew, calamari s has decent microbrew selection


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2011


Review

Inexpensive, easy logistics/parking etc, good for spectators to see you 4 times without moving much. More often if on bike. Frequent aid stations, friendly and well supported


Race Tips

I was fortunate with cool weather and had a nice negative split for a big PR.


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

Plenty of hotels within a few miles. The town hosts many soccer tournys etc. So some hotels may fill but you can always find something. Swan in Lake Erie afterwards


5 / 5 Stars





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