- 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Virtual Race
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Quick Recap – Eugene Marathon
Social Media: The Eugene Marathon folks know how to do things right. Incredibly informative website, just enough pre-race email updates and active social media. And they pay attention, too – responding and ‘liking’ when mentioned. A+ job
Social channels: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Packet Pickup: The Expo was a decent size – big enough to be interesting, but not so big that you end up wasting a lot of time. We got bibs right away, no waiting required. T-shirts were waiting at the end. I tried mine on, but it was too small – they quickly upsized me.
T-Shirt/Swag: The Eugene Marathon Nike t-shirt is probably one of my favourites. Great fit, fun and classy design. I’m going to cherish this one! The medal is brilliant – chunky and beautiful, with the route map engraved on the reverse. Brilliant.
Course: One of the flattest courses I’ve run. The two ‘hills’ are in the first half. Although there is a subtle uphill grade for much of the final 6km, it’s not significant. You just need to fight through it. Although running that half track at the very end is challenging, hearing the roar of the crowd is inspiring and pushes you to the finish.
Post-Race: We were exhausted, so we didn’t stick around for long. I know there was a beer tent, but I had no appetite for alcohol. I did grab a freshly made grilled cheese sandwich. That was amazing. All in all…what you need at a finish festival.
Would I Run It Again? Yes, yes and yes! The travel distance is the only barrier, but all things being equal I would return to run for the flat course, the scenery, the encouragement all along the race route – and the enthusiasm of a track town! Well-organized, some of the most enthusiastic volunteers I’ve ever encountered, one of my favourite races ever!