Loved this marathon! Course is interesting with some small hills and enough turns to keep you engaged - a beautiful course. Awesome crowd support for a smaller race (this crowd was loud and the signs were hilarious!). Fun finish line (crowds on restaurant row). Don't go in thinking it's completely flat but the hills are quick and manageable. I absolutely loved this race and city (stayed at Crowne Plaza- very short walk from start/finish).
There are small hills and a sharp turn with a small hill at mile 25ish. Manageable but go in knowing they are there.
Pacers were amazing- 3:25 pacer was very calm, comfortable and steady (thanks, Bill!).
By DonR about 2016
I got to City Island at 6:50. By 6:55, I had my bib and sweatshirt and was back to my truck. It was more convenient than most 5ks. No race shirt (thank God because I have about 50 of them), just a nice thick sweatshirt. My first marathon sweatshirt. I parked about 200 feet from the starting line and walked over at 7:55 for an 8:00 start. Sure beats waiting around in the cold like at Philly.
The course is pancake flat. The only part I didn't like was running on gravel for a mile or so through the woods. There was a headwind from mile 11 to 18.
I didn't have to carry gels because nearly every water/Gatorade stop had Stingers. I tried hitting every tangent and wound up with 26.26 miles. The shortest marathon that I have ever run. The finish was right in the middle of town and they provided sandwiches, fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, potato chips and bagels from Panera Bread.
The convenience of this race trumps Philly. I will definitely run this marathon again.
My 12th marathon and a new PR and BQ.
By MM about 2013
Very well organized race. Cheap entry fee for a marathon. If your looking to BQ, this is the race to try. Nice race shirt w/o all the advertising.
Fairly flat course until mile 19. Then there are a few up and down hills. Nothing too drastic though. They had a large garage to stay warm in prior too and after the race.
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza. It is within walking distance of the start/finish. Discount is given to participants. They also had a late check out on race day which was real nice. There are a lot of restaurants within walking distance.