Bayshore Marathon 2017 Recap and Review (Marathon 23, State 18 — Michigan)

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What: TCTC Bayshore Marathon 2017

When: Saturday of Memorial Day weekend

Where: Traverse City, Michigan — Cherry Capital and Caribbean of the Midwest.  If you make a mitt with your left hand, this race is at the inside top of your pinky.

Weather:  Sunny, 60-70 degrees.  Felt pretty warm in the final miles of the race.  Luckily most of the race is at least partially shaded, so no sunburn for me.

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Mesa Phoenix Marathon 2017 Review and Recap (Marathon 21, State 16 — Arizona)

IMG_0209What:  The BMO Harris Bank Mesa-Phoenix Marathon, aka The Phoenix Marathon, aka The Mesa-PHX Marathon. (There were approx 17 different hashtags associated with this race at various points — a little bit of an identity crisis, I think.)  (Not to be confused with the Rock ‘N Roll Arizona race, also held in the Phoenix area.)

Where: Mesa, Arizona, just a few miles outside of Phoenix.  Race started in Usery Mountain Regional Park and ended in the Mesa Riverview shopping center.

When: Saturday on the last weekend in February.

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Vermont City Marathon Review and Recap (Marathon 17, State 12)

IMG_1415Hi all!  Writing here from the comfort of my sweet, sweet air-conditioned home.  This Memorial Day weekend I ventured up to Burlington, Vermont and ran the Vermont City Marathon, marathon number 17 for me and state number 12.  But it almost didn’t happen!  Suspense!

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Rock N Roll New Orleans 2012 (Marathon Number 7, State Number 6–Louisiana)

I’m still trying to catch up with race recaps for the races I’ve completed in the past.  Earlier posts covered the Atlanta Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, the Virginia Creeper Marathon, the Nashville Country Music Marathon, the Baltimore Marathon, and the Harrisburg Marathon.  Next up…  my recap and review for the Rock N Roll (Mardi Gras) New Orleans Marathon!

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Website: Rock ‘N Roll New Orleans Marathon.

Location:  New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Time of Year: Sunday in February.

Size: 12,000 runners across events, including a half marathon.

Weather and What I Wore:  It was great running weather–clear skies, not windy, comfortable temperature.  I wore too-short shorts (which came back to haunt me, and necessitated handfuls of Vaseline as a I neared the end of the race), a short sleeved tech tee, and a hat.  I started with a long sleeved tee on top but ended up with it tied around my waist for most of the run.

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Harrisburg Marathon 2011 and 2013 (Marathons Number 6 and 10, State Number 5–Pennsylvania)

This is a nice little race.  So nice that I’ve done it twice and would probably do it again.   Here is my recap of the Harrisburg Marathon.

Website: Aspire Harrisburg Marathon.

Location: Harrisburg, PA.  Begins on City Island.

Size: About 700 full marathoners, joined by a small contingent of relayers.

Time of Year and Weather: November. Both times I ran, the weather was great for running, although a bit cold at the start.  Luckily there is no waiting around necessary before the start.  Towards the end of the race, running in the sun along the water, I wanted to shed all of my layers. But then once I finished, I wanted them all back.

En route to Harrisburg, PA.

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Baltimore Marathon 2011 (Marathon Number 5, State Number 4–Maryland)

Here is my recap and review of the Baltimore Marathon.

Website:  Baltimore Marathon

Time of Year:  October, which is a very lovely time of year in the mid-Atlantic.  I recall having great weather.

Logistics:  Getting to Baltimore is very easy via air (flying into BWI) or Amtrak if you do not live within driving distance.  Packet pickup was in the city–very easy.  I stayed with a friend in the city the night before the race, but there are tons of hotel options.  The race starts and finishes as Camden Yards–again, super easy.  Walk to the start!  (Yesssss.) Also, Camden Yards is pretty and fun.

Swag: I cannot emphasize this enough.  REQUEST A MEN’S SHIRT.  The women’s cut did NOT work on me.  Maybe it has been improved?  Better to just stick with the guys.  But otherwise, YAYLONGSLEEVEDTECHTEEMYFAVORITE.

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