Latest reviews by Nathan Hileman

(2017)
"Another Great Goodyear Half"
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This was my second Goodyear Half Marathon in Akron (2015 was first). Expo was tiny, but extremely well organized. Starting line was on the Goodyear Proving Grounds test track, which is very cool. Pacers were available for more finish times than I've ever seen at any other race - very cool. Course wrapped around through Goodyear's vast campus, residential neighborhoods, and town. As usual for Akron, water stations were frequent, volunteers were friendly and helpful, the police blocking intersections for us were pleasant. Course has some hills, but what goes up must come down. Plenty of port-a-potties, lots of things to eat and drink at the finish line, and excellent, large finisher medals. A special note for all the residents who cheered us on from their porches, lawn chairs, standing on the curb, etc. Their encouragement and enthusiasm really were the icing on the cake.

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(2017)
"Smaller City Marathon Done Well"
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The Buffalo Marathon course is pretty flat. There are a fair number of long, slight grades throughout the course. Aid Stations are more than every 2 miles, which is really nice. There were fireworks at the start of the race, friendly policemen running traffic, enthusiastic volunteers, and great crowd support from the community. It is obvious Buffalo takes pride in it's marathon. This race is growing, as evidenced by it's selling out this year. Race was very well organized, and course was quite scenic. You see great views of Lake Erie, a WW2 Destroyer, Downtown area, and numerous residential neighborhoods. Course tends to double back, which makes it nice for people who come with you to cheer you on. Only a quarter zip long sleeve tech shirt in the swag bag, but it is REALLY nice!

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(2016)
"First Rate Marathon"
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Top notch marathon. Extremely cool starting line, very safe with lots of friendly policemen, great crowd support the whole way through, lots of water stations, friendly and knowledgeable pace setters, and the race ends in a baseball center, which is so cool and makes you feel like a sports star! Awesome medal an race shirt, nicely done expo, and the entire experience is superbly organized. Course itself is super hilly, even though the overall elevation change doesn't look like that much. It felt as hilly to me as Pittsburgh.

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(2016)
"Fast & Scenic"
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This is a very good race to enter. The course is pretty much flat, and has 3 major turns. I'll write about it in thirds. First third starts right in front of the Rock n Roll HOF and heads out of downtown. It has an urban backdrop. Second third is very scenic through a really big park. It is really nice here. Final third runs parallel to the lake and is also quite scenic. I liked seeing downtown in the distance while drawing nearer and nearer to it. Only negatives were:. No bag, just a nice tech shirt, and there weren't mile markers until Mile 9. This was kind of weird. A really big benefit is that there are Pacers, the trusty sidekick of a PR. Overall, this race js lots of fun, well organized, has the best medals ever, and you even get a ticket to the Hall.

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(2016)
"Rails-to-Trails "
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Great race to attempt a PR, and money goes to a good cause. Race is in memory of a slain Pennsylvania State Policeman. Course is out-and-back on Samuel Justus bike trail. One of the most scenic halfs I've done. Very fast, flat course. There is not expo, and oddly, the race got started 15 minutes late, which lead to everyone standing at the start line, only to find we were initially lined up 100 yards too far back. In 2015, these things didn't happen. Very little crowd support. Pretty cool and very appropriate wooden finisher medals.

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