Race: Two Rivers Marathon Festival

Runner: Miguel Reyes

Race Date: 03/27/2021

Location: Lackawaxen, PA

Results: 4:00:23

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two rivers marathon race report

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

  1. Setup and bib pickup was clear and visible
  2. Staggering open starts made it easy for scheduling
  3. Amazing swag with jacket and headphones (and more if you achieved other things)

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

Traffic rolling through the course was a bit new for me.

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

Dealing with the traffic and certain drivers not having the patience for the race was a weird and new experience for me.

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

I PR’d in the Half Marathon and Marathon distance.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Slight uphill going out and slight downhill coming back. Repeat that loop 2 times. Stay on the left the entire time to cut down tangents on 3 turnarounds.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Give myself an extra minute buffer from goal to compensate for the extra tangents.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Very straight course. No turns other than turnaround.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Mostly trees with a few miles of river to your side.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Not at all.

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.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Quite a few people shooting for a BQ out there. Lots of bells being rung!!!

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.

It was pretty easy getting in.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

3 aid stations per loop, so passing 12 over the entire full Marathon.

Weather and typical race conditions

Weather was 45° and cloudy.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

I used a belt that I didn’t need with aid stations being prepared properly.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Yes – lots of room for spectators.

How’s the Swag?

Amazing jacket and headphones. More stuff for BQ or multiple races over the weekend.

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

4.5/5

Miguel Reyes is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about him or to work with Coach Miguel, check out his coaching page.