Wallis Sands Half Marathon Race Report – Tom A

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Race: Wallis Sands 1/2 Marathon

Runner: Tom A

Race Date: 05/19/2019

Location: Rye, NH

Results: 1:31:42 https://allsportsevents.com/Results/running_results/WallisSandsHalfMarathon2019.html#/race/c4a7y9//

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

Flat and Fast

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

Wind 1st four miles and last 2 miles

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


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

Enjoyed fast splits. Also It was very special that I raced with my wife. We train together and are about equal in pace. Last race she beat me by 8 seconds in a ten mile race, this time beat her by 11 seconds. We both broke our 1/2 marathon bests.

My wife got 2nd in 40-44 age division and I got 2nd in the 50-54 age division. I crushed my master PR by 20 minutes.

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

Don’t each fish the night before. At mile 6.5 the fish was not agreeing with my stomach

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Drink water with electrolytes or salt pills to avoid cramping, and not each fish the night before

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Watch for weather report on wind and temp.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Very scenic and see the fantastic oceanside and beach houses.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?


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

Well organized race

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Very competitive field.

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

Aid stations were great, spaced just right

Weather and typical race conditions

Was perfect weather other than the wind

How’s the Swag?

OKAY, t-shirts were great, and free picture download for race participants. The only complaint is that the should really have an awards ceremony. You bring your bib number and collect a medal. Top runners get no recognition. I think they could do a better job with this.

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

4 out of 5 stars.

wallis sands half marathon race report
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