Race: Ghost of Seattle Marathon

Runner: Pritam

Date: 11/25/2017

Location: Seattle

Results: Set a new PR!! 3:53:29

Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1290274149

ghost of seattle marathon

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  1. Well organized
  2. Small race with limited participation. So, it feels very personal.
  3. Flat course that loops around Seward Park and along Lake Washington Blvd so other TRRs, friends are family were able to walk over and high five me at multiple spots 🙂

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

Because its a small race run by a couple, expect things to go slower. For example, preliminary results took 4 days to update.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

The name! I learnt what a ‘ghost run’ was thanks to this race – its a run done an older course that’s no longer in use by the main event.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I thought I was much more consistent with form and pace than in earlier races. Was a little ragged at the end but managed to pull it together to finish relatively well.

Lessons Learned – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner or yourself on the next time around

Its a flat course so runners can start strong and maintain their pace. Consistency will help since there are very few hills or ascents. So, a steady pace will help. It’s a fast race that many runners use to set PRs – myself included :).

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

You run on sidewalks since the roads aren’t blocked for the race. You share the sidewalks with the usual Seattle sidewalk traffic – dogs, baby strollers, other runners, the odd homeless person etc.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Yes it was well run and organized. I particularly liked the blanket donation stand. I don’t like how runners discard clothing in many races and it just ends up in a landfill somewhere. The race director encouraged runners to get a usable blankets that they could donate before the start. They had a station where runners could drop their blankets off next to the start line.

Logistics – Anything special regarding getting to/from the race, hotels around the course, registration…?

The start line is near Seward park so its easy to get to by bus or car, uber etc.

Weather and typical race conditions

Typical Seattle fall weather – wet, windy and with lots of leaves on the ground.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Very! see comment above.

How’s the swag?

OK – you get a hoodie. The logo is really nice.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

5 stars

ghost of seattle marathon race report