Runner: Alyssa A
Race Date: 05/19/2019
Location: Rye, NH
Results: 1:31:54 – 8th woman finisher and 21st out of 798
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
Very Fast and Flat course
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
The wind the last two miles on the ocean front
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
Nothing was Weird
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
Me and my husband ran the race and we were 10 seconds apart. The weather was perfect
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Don’t save your fast miles for last because of the wind.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
Don’t eat fish the night before your race. It did not agree with me on race day.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
Very scenic course, on the ocean and pretty neighborhoods
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
NO, this is a place to go to set a Personal Record. I improved my 1/2 marathon time from 2017 by 13 minutes.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
Course was well organized
Competition – Is there a strong field?
Very competitive field. I finished 2nd in my age division to only get out sprinted by the 1st place in my age division.
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.
We drove 2 hours to get to the race. If you don’t want to travel far, I would recommend getting a hotel.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Water stations were great
Weather and typical race conditions
Weather was fantastic. Only factor to be concerned with is the wind. I would check the weather reports if you are really trying to improve you 1/2 marathon time
How’s the Swag?
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
8 out of 10.