Runner: Marka OConnell
Race Date: 05/28/2023
Location: Schenectady, New York
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
- Well organized!
- Point to Point
- Nice views along the River
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
The last two miles are grueling especially in the heat. Because most of it is on a rail trial, there are not a lot of spectators.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
I finished well for me! (Thanks to my awesome coach who helped prepare me)! I had enough hydration!
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
If it’s hot make sure you bring enough hydration as there were only 3 water stops and no fuel.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
If it’s hot I need something to help cool down my core as there were points I didn’t think I could continue.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
Most of the course is on a rail trial but there are parts that are residential. It’s more all sun than shade so take that into consideration. (It is ends at a casino so plan accordingly)
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
There are very pretty parts as it runs along the Mohawk River.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
Not difficult but the last two miles are a bit of an elevation.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
Very well organized! The race director does an amazing job with all the races!
Competition – Is there a strong field?
It’s a popular race for the locals so they crush it!
Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.
Very well organized. Since it ends at a casino, people who want to stay usually just book at the casino. Always rooms available!
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Nothing special. Only had water available but the race handbook was clear that was going to be the deal so people should have been prepared.
Weather and typical race conditions
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?
I had a hydration vest as I knew it was going to be hot and only 3 water stops!
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
There are places for spectators along the route. However since most of the route is a rail trial, they are few and far between.
How’s the Swag?
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
Definitely 4 out 5 stars! It is a nice race!