Latest reviews by Dodie Mercer
I ran Erie both in 2013 and 2014. This is a very FLAT two loop course.
Expo- The expo is small and outdoor, located on Presquile Isle where the race is held. I thought that the expo matched the race perfectly, small, no frills, just here for business.
Parking- You need to get to the race early as everyone has to go through the park entrance to get to the start. There is ample parking throughout Presquile.
Course- This is a flat no frills course. You run exactly two loops around. There really isn't much scenery. Lake Erie does surround the Isle but you can't really see it or the beaches from the road.
The water stations compete for best water stop so they're full of energy.
One of my favorite parts of the Erie Marathon is that it is viewer friendly with five chances for spectators to see their runners with little effort. Your family can watch you start, cross the road and see you at mile 6.5, cross back and see you at the half way point, cross again and see you at 19.5 then go back and see you finish. My uncle said he was exhausted afterward from all the spectating!
Medals- The medals are nice and typically feature a lighthouse. They are pretty solid and heavy without being ostentatious.
Erie is know as a BQ course and I'd have to agree. I'm a long was from Boston but my standing PR is from my 2014 race there. If you're looking for a fast time and do well running on flat courses Erie is perfect.
The race has historically taken place the day before the Boston cut off deadline. It's also in the sweet spot where if you qualify you are qualified for two years. The rules may change in the future but as of now that's what they are.