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Snickers Marathon

Albany, GA


Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Saturday, March 4, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 67°F (19°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.21
Course Score: 99.21

Race Size

2017: 517 Finishers
2016: 585 Finishers
2015: 586 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 27.9%
2016: 18.8%
2015: 21.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Snickers (Albany) Marathon is a fast and flat marathon course through some industrial areas, but mainly on residential streets. If the weather cooperates then it is a PR and course and an excellent race to qualify for Boston (BQ).


Marathon Rankings

The Snickers Marathon was the 125th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 131st largest in 2015.

This year 27.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 18.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Snickers Marathon the 52nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 3rd highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 99.21 ranks it as the 144th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Georgia.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Snickers Marathon a PR Score of 99.21. This PR Score ranks it as the 104th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Georgia.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 196 feet (59m)
Min Elevation: 129 feet (39m)

Snickers




Ratings & Reviews for the Snickers Marathon

4.6 Stars from 7 Reviews



review of 2017 Snickers Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2017 Snickers Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars

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



review of 2017 Snickers Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.

Race Tips


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

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



review of 2016 Snickers Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great race and volunteers.

Race Tips


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




review of 2015 Snickers Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2015 Snickers Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2014 Snickers Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



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