Cheap! Marathon | Race Recap

30261510_1166446186825683_6223767113551577088_nRace Name: Cheap! Marathon

Race Location: Salisbury Beach State Park, Salisbury MA

Race Date: 4/8/2018

Race Managed/Timed By: Green Stride

Organization of Bib Pick Up:

Heidi B: Bib pickup was to be held during a 4-hour block at the Jack Rabbit running store in Newburyport, MA. They did allow for friends/family to pick up bibs for you. There was no race-day bib pickup offered, but they did have them there for those that weren’t able to get there on Saturday.

Organization of Race:

Heidi B: Race day seemed really organized. there was plenty of parking and the start area was clearly identified. The website and pre-race communications were lacking a little bit, but for a cheap race, I didn’t expect much. We had to wander a little to find the bathrooms, but that was the only hitch. Everything else was fine.

Shannon B: Scattered for the volunteers, so I heard. But I thought the actual race was well organized. The course was easy to follow, water stations were set up and organized.

Course Description:

Heidi B: The course was six loops inside the state park reservation. Each loop was just under 4.4 miles. It was completely flat (I think a +/- 10 foot gain). There were 3 fuel stops that had Gatorade and water, which you passed 6 times, so a total of 18 water stops!

It was open to the elements, so the wind did bite a little. Also, there is no shade. It was a cool day, so the sun felt great, but if it were a warmer day, that sun may cause issues.

Also, you do pass through the finish each time, so you get music and the awesome “rasta” DJ announcer each time. Fun fact… I got to see the winner cross the finish as I completed my 3rd lap when he finished his entire race! That was pretty cool.

Spectators/Energy:

Heidi B: The best part about the looped course is that spectators could park themselves in one spot and cheer all morning long… as many of our SRTT tribe did!!

Shannon B: Because there were loops, there was lots of cheering and spectators. It was my first, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I felt like people cheered for me every time I came around.

Swag:

Heidi B: No swag was given with your registration, which ranged from $26.10 to $35 depending on when you signed up. They had the option to add on a tech shirt and/or a hat during registration for an additional cost. Finishers received a ribbon vs. a medal.

Shannon B: “I ran 26.2 miles and all I got was this lousy ribbon”! LOL! I bought a t-shirt.

After Party: Brunch at the Blue Ocean for an addtional cost.

Other Thoughts/Comments:

Heidi B: I really enjoyed this race. It was cheap and fun. Having a “home base” to drop your stuff and re-fuel was amazing so you didn’t have to carry all your fuel with you. Super easy for spectators too. Green Stride really does do a great job. Training for this race was difficult through the winter though. Just keep that in mind when considering an early spring race 🙂

Shannon B: Really enjoyed the loops. Loved that I knew where my support and water stops would be and what to expect. The flat nature of the course was tough in some ways as there was no break. The same muscles used the entire time. I look forward to trying Manchester City in the fall and comparing flat to hilly.

~Heidi B. & Shannon B.

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