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Peak To Creek Marathon Reviews


5.0 Stars from 7 Runners





  

By about 2016


Review

Course is absolutely beautiful! You can definitely PR if you run it properly. Follow the race director's advice and don't try to bank too much time on the big downhill portion or you will pay for it in the later stages.


Race Tips

Follow the race director's advice on how to run this course.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

This downhill marathon features 6 miles of rolling hills at the top, 9 miles of a mountain descent and 11 miles of flat to down along a mountain creek. I love the scenery. The course can be good or bad depending on how smart you run it. Either way your quads will hurt. Minimal to no crowd support. BQ potential on the course is high if you run smart. Most runners are experienced.


Race Tips

Don't put too much money in the bank going down the mountain or you will lose it all at the bottom!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Downhill and then flat. Off road but not a trail. Few spectators but a great race to qualify.


Race Tips

Hold back during the first half and especially the downhills


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

I ran the P2C this year and really "enjoyed" it (as much as one can). The race was very well organized, the weather was great (cool, foggy, slightly misty). The road surfaces were pretty good. Paved for about the first 5+ miles, dirt/gravel for the big descent, packed dirt (almost felt like pavement) from mile 15 to around 21, and a bit looser dirt/gravel for the last 5 miles. The only downside was the anticlimactic finish which weaves through the parking area. The misty weather kept down the road dust, so even the occasional passing car did not cause an issue. Even with the looser dirt in places, it is definitely not a "trail run". I never felt like I had footing issues.

The view was very nice, although you are in the trees for most of the descent, so there weren't many panoramic mountain views. However, the forest scenery during the first half and the winding river that runs along the course from mile 15 to the finish were beautiful.

Water/Gatorade/GU stations were well placed and well manned by friendly volunteers. Race Director David Lee did a good job of sending updates in the week before the race and his website give great information on logistics and race strategy. The bus ride from the finish to the start was painless, and the buses were very nice... I was expecting school buses and got "motor coaches".

I have not repeated a race yet, but I may consider running the P2C again.


Race Tips

Conserve your energy on for the last 10 miles of the race. It is tempting to open it up on the downhill to bank time. I found that following the recommendations from the race website and controlling myself from mile 5.5-15 really paid off in the end.


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

There are not many hotels close to the start or finish. Reserve early and target a place closer to the finish. There is absolutely no parking at the start, so use the bus service. I stayed in Blowing Rock, which is about 35 minutes from the finish line. That worked well as it provided a nice touristy location for pre and post race activities (aka, drinking, eating, and sleeping).


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

Perfect organization, course well signaled and aid stations full, with good stuff. superb, very friendly atmosphere at pickup and with all volunteers. chartered buses take you from the finish to the start at the top of the mountain. you can make friends on the bus. gorgeous course in the beautiful mountains, cascades, rivers, woods, wildlife. delicious air, less than 10 cars (which is good considering the dust). perfect organization. fast course.


Race Tips

Follow the pace strategy :) read the 12-page race instructions :) take the time to enjoy the beautiful course. maybe do some special downhill training, but honestly it didn't hurt me.


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

Follow the race instructions, it includes everything you can thing of, up to FAQ and the discount and late checkout you can get at some hotels. the race organizers do the rest for you. did I say "perfect organization" ?


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 0000


Review

Down hill most of way.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 0000


Review

Downhill. That is good and bad but at least it is not uphill. Great course to PR. Sign up early. Sold out in 20 minutes on the original cut off


Race Tips

Go easy on the downhill and you will be okay. After the race get into Wilson's creek to help heal those battered legs


5 / 5 Stars





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