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Snickers Marathon Reviews


4.6 Stars from 8 Runners





  

By about 2017


Review

I really appreciated the consistency of restrooms and drinks every 2 miles. This is so hard to find in most races - THANK YOU!! The volunteers were great all around, and actually I went home saying I fell in love with the entire community after a weekend in Albany. The only thing, and I truly mean only thing that I would consider changing is there being snickers at the finish... I was kinda hoping there would be one waiting on me once I hit mile 22. :)


Race Tips

I would suggest to (Marathon) runners new to this run: bring extra layers to shed!! It starts off freezing, and you're mostly running in the shade, but towards the end of it you'll find yourself sweating like crazy. Buy long shirts on clearance or use old clothes you don't mind not getting back!


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

I used the Courtyard by Marriot, and while it was a drive to the start line - it was only 10 minutes! Of course - it's ideal to stay within walking distance of start line, so I would say book a hotel as early as you can so you don't miss out! The Hilton (start line location) fills up fast.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

Course was just okay, not marked clear enough, and why was there absolutely no Snickers on the course at all...


Race Tips

Course should have been marked better


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

No hotels could be found, finally a nasty room was found at the Quality Inn


2 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

I have run the full 3 times and the half twice. Course is a generally flat with enough mild ups and downs to give your legs a change of pace. Course support is the best. Plenty of well stocked aid stations with supportive volunteers. Albany puts on a top notch race. Keep up the good work.


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

Plenty of porta-lavs at the start and along the route. Plenty of parking.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

Very nice race! Packet pick up and parking on race morning were easy and no stress. The pace groups were good. I would definitely recommend to first time marathoners!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great race and volunteers.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

This was my first marathon ever. I drove up from southeast FL to run the 1/2 here in 2014. I loved this race so much I drove up this year to try the full. Excellent support. Every 2 miles there was water & Gatorade. In later miles there were bananas & sliced oranges plus hammer gels & bathrooms. Loved how the whole town seems excited about the race. There are lots of cheering faces. The race is not crowded at all. Not FL-flat, but nothing that I couldn't get done without feeling overly worked. It was an excellent race all around!


Race Tips

Curvy course that goes through several streets in the town, then curves into a beautiful neighborhood with ample shade. Roads are well marked and people are placed strategically to direct turns. Police officers at every major crossing to stop traffic.


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

We stayed at the Country Inn & suites and had excellent, friendly staff, free breakfast, and they opened breakfast at 4:30am just for runners plus offered a free late check out. Heated pool & hot tub. Parking at the race site is not a problem. I arrived at about 6:45am for the 7am start and it was perfect. Not rushed and not standing around freezing too long.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Great race with pace groups and a good amount of runners but not too crowded. The course is pretty flat and crowds are good. The after party is great and the town has a street party afterwards that is nice.


Race Tips

Use the pacers and stay with them.


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

Plenty of hotels near by and plenty of parking close to the start line.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

Mostly flat course through town/residential areas. Frequent water/Gatorade/gu stops. Nice crowd support, mostly from ad hoc groups of neighbors. Excellent pace teams. Fun atmosphere. The marathon seems to be a big deal for this small city and everyone was very friendly. Given the high percentage of BQ runs this is a "runner's marathon" ... fast with very few drop outs or walkers.


Race Tips

Near the end you run through some sort of park structure - I would check this out before the race so that you are prepared. Sidewalk near the finish chute has decorative (e.g. uneven) patches.


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

Easy access to the race from any hotel in town, ample parking, good amenities.


5 / 5 Stars





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