Glass City Marathon

Glass City Marathon

Glass City Marathon

( 45 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Toledo,
    United States
  • April
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Mark Davidhizar

Elkhart, Indiana, United States
55 81
"See Glass City"
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Race Management
Mark Davidhizar's thoughts:

The price: For a half marathon, and marathon, I felt the price was real reasonable. The marathon fees start at $70 and goes up to $95. The half starts at $60 and moves up to $85 leading up to the race. There is also a relay option that starts at $40 per person and goes up to $55. The only Race that I thought was over priced was the 5k. The fees started off at $30 and went up to $45. Given that they got a cotton shirt seemed to be a little high. The steal of the weekend was the kids fun run. For $10 ($15 on race day), your kids got a shirt, medal, teddy bear, and Chic-Fil-A kids meal.
Race day parking: while not right by the start line r, it really wasn’t that bad. We walked about a mile from our car to the start. We managed that with 2 kids. If they can handle the walk, so can you. Haha

The Expo: the expo was easy to navigate and if you were just wanting to get in and out quickly, you could do so. There was a wide range of vendors as well as other races represented. The kids expo is also a great touch with a lot of activities for the little ones.

First Time Marathoners: One of the great things that the Glass City Marathon has to offer is special perks to first time marathoners. This is not for those who this is their first Glass City Marathon, but rather for runners who have decided to make Glass City their first ever full marathon. Includes for these runners were:

Personal Concierge Service at Expo
Elite Athlete Escort at Expo
Special Recognition Package
VIP Status at Post-race Party

Kids Fun Run: just awesome. That’s about all I can say. It would be worth the 2 hour drive alone for our family. Well done!
Start line: the starting line is on the north end of campus. Very nice location. It was a little confussing on where gear check was at. Maybe just a little more signage is needed in this area.

The course (half marathon): I loved the course. There are a few hills but nothing big and scary. This course is FAST!!! It also goes around the outside of the college campus and through some very nice neighborhoods with quiet a bit of crowd support. My one complaint about the course is out of race managements hands, and that’s the road surface. Some roads were rough and need repaving.

Finish Area: the race finishes with you entering the gates at the North East corner of the Glass Bowl stadium and you run to the finishline at the 50 yard line. The field turf so it were raining, it wouldn’t be muddy. It was a pretty sweet finish.

After race party: following your finish you could get your finishers photo taken and then head out to the party outside the north end of the stadium. First you got your glass finishers mug to be used for your post race beer, then onto the food line with fruit, pretzels, and pizza. Tables were set up in the post race party area to stand at and east. The party was also right by the last stretch of the race so you were able to cheer on other runners as they finished. There was also a cover band playing at the party that would also take requests (play “Free Bird!”). But seriously, they were good and played a variety of music.

Swag: I like the race shirt. Nice simple design and not cluttered with sponsors. The medals were cool and in the shape of Ohio. The glass mug at the finish was a nice touch.
Overall, this was a great race. Will I come back? Well, my wife has already registered to run the half marathon. They are running a special for the 10th anniversary of the Half by allowing the first 500 runners register for $35! Even before she decided to do that, I wanted to come back and run the full marathon and get another BQ.

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