Marathon by the Sea
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Start Date/Time August 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am
End Date/Time N/A
Address Saint John
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This is a well organized event. Everything went smoothly from kit pickup to the race itself. The volunteers were all very friendly and helpful.
The marathoners are given access to a VIP room which is a nice area to get away from the crowds and -- most importantly -- to get priority access to the bathrooms.
The course is tough. Plenty of hills and although it's normally fairly mild it got a bit hot this year. Fortunately there were regular aid stations with plenty of water/gatorade. A couple of the water stops for the marathoners had bottled water which is much easier to drink on the go. The wet sponges available at later stations (I think beyond 30K) were much appreciated.
The start of and end of the course are the most enjoyable, despite the hills. There's a long section in the middle that goes out into a rural area. It's pretty mind-numbingly boring.
The on-course entertainment was kinda, meh. Honestly, they would have been better without it.
Overall, great value. Decent shirt, free finish line photos, pre-race pasta meal, post-race massage and a fun atmosphere. I hope to return.
Roads are only partially closed to traffic. Almost got swiped by a car when cop was getting a donut!
Some turns vaguely marked. Had to stop and ask martial which way to go. Awards ceremony takes place hours after the race.
What a friendly, fun race! The course is challenging but interesting -- hilly, for sure. The pre race and post-race hospitality was fantastic. A great experience that I'd gladly do again!