• Canton,
    Ohio,
    United States
  • April
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay
  • Road Race

Nathan Hileman

Pennsylvania, United States
4 16
2018
"Fine Mid-Size Marathon"
Overall
T-Shirts/SWAG
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Parking/Access
Race Management
Nathan Hileman's thoughts:

Overall, a fine Mid-Size Marathon. Expo was surprisingly large; however I got there about 90 minutes before it closed and so some booths were already packed up.

Race morning was chilly (31). Getting to the Stark Fairgrounds was a mess with traffic. Only one way in and seemingly miles of cars backed up waiting to get in. This needs to be improved upon, and is the only major issue I had with the whole day.

Not enough entrants to warrant start corrales but it worked well because you just lined up with your pace time. Pyrotechnics as each pace team crossed the start, which was cool.

I was in the 4:25 pace group and our Pacer was phenomenal. She was right on the money the whole race (I slowed down around mile 24).

Crowd support was very sparse. Water stations plentiful and well-stocked. Volunteers were great as were the police.

Course scenery is average; you run all through and around Canton. No offense to Canton. There was a really neat domed building up on a Hilltop we ran by; I think it had something to do with President William McKinley.

Course had many, low-grade, not tall hills.

Race finishes in the Hall of Fame Stadium which is so cool! Medals are super neat! Only problem was as I crossed the finish line, I saw water, but nothing else. I'm sure there were the standard bananas and bars, etc, but I sure didn't see them. Must've missed them.

Bib has a free admission to the Hall of Fame, so I went from the finish straight into the Hall. Bit of a mistake because I got very light-headed and shaky and was too exhausted to do the Hall, but I found a cafe inside and had the best Rachel Sandwich ever!

Again, overall it was a fine race. Don't cheap out like me and opt for the registration without a race shirt! They ran out by the time I got to the expo. I would recommend this race.

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