Latest reviews by Caroline Bell

"Well organized small town race "
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I originally signed up for this race because the marathon I was planning to do was cancelled. I don’t think I would have ever considered it if not for the covid pandemic. It was one of the few marathons actually happening in person.

One thing you’ll realize about this race is that it’s SMALL. I think there were just over 300 marathon finishers, not sure about the half. Smaller races make me nervous because you never know how well the course will be marked, if you’ll get lost running on your own, etc. But this race was meticulously organized from start to finish. We were separated into different corrals with a staggered start. The course was very well marked by cones, mile marker signs and green arrows painted on the road. I was never running completely alone, there was always someone to chase in front of me. The aid stations were stocked up with water, Gatorade and gels. There were police officers manning every intersection so runners felt super safe.

I was really impressed by how well the runner tracking worked for such a small race. They had timing mats set out for 5 mile, 10 mile, half, 15 mile, 20 mile and 25 mile increments. A lot of big races don’t even capture that many splits!! My friends and family were able to track me and even leave comments on the runner tracking page :)

Another thing to note is the gorgeous views along the course. Salisbury is a really small town so I thought this course might be “boring”... but it’s really not. The race starts in a local park and then out onto the country roads. You’re surrounded by open fields, blue skies and the occasional horse barn. You run through Salisbury University and along the river. The last section of the marathon goes through this really pretty neighborhood surrounded by pine trees.

One thing to note is that the last .2 is a steady uphill climb to the finish. But it’s a straight shot to the finish arch so you’ll have all the adrenaline to keep you going.

Overall, I was really impressed by this race. The only thing is that, if you don’t live locally on the peninsula, it is a huge pain in the ass to get over the Bay Bridge.

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