Western Maryland Rail Trail Marathon

Western Maryland Rail Trail Marathon

 
4.5 (1 reviews)

Hancock, MD
April 15, 2018

The Western Maryland Rail Trail Marathon takes place on the paved Western Maryland Rail Trail and consists of two fairly-flat out&back laps.

Race Reviews: 1
Overall Rating:
 
4.5
Course:
 
4.5
Organization:
 
4.0
Value:
 
5.0
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This marathon is part of a series of low key marathons and half marathons put on in the Mid-Atlantic region. There were about 70 marathoners and 130 half marathoners (entries were capped at 200). Course is entirely on paved rail trail through woods near Potomac River and C&O Canal. Marathoners started 30 minutes before half marathoners and ran out and back twice. Since you are on the edge of mountains, it was gradual incline out each time and gradual decline back each time. Temperature at start was 37 and 65 at finish.
Pros:
(1) Small race in the woods
(2) Friendly runners and race directors
(3) Water stops with water. Gatorade, M&Ms, cookies, etc.
(4) Parking close to start
(5) Packet pick-up available morning of race
(6) No road crossings to worry about
Cons:
(1) Hand timed (no chips)
(2) Double out and back for marathoners
(3) Shirt - plain white, no year
(4) Medal - could be more event specific
Overall Rating:
 
4.5
Course:
 
4.5
Organization:
 
4.0
Value:
 
5.0
Reviewed by Brian M. on 12/23/2015
Racing Experience: 20+ Marathons
Location: South Lyon, MI

Review: This marathon is part of a series of low key marathons and half marathons put on in the Mid-Atlantic region. There were about 70 marathoners and 130 half marathoners (entries were capped at 200). Course is entirely on paved rail trail through woods near Potomac River and C&O Canal. Marathoners started 30 minutes before half marathoners and ran out and back twice. Since you are on the edge of mountains, it was gradual incline out each time and gradual decline back each time. Temperature at start was 37 and 65 at finish.
Pros:
(1) Small race in the woods
(2) Friendly runners and race directors
(3) Water stops with water. Gatorade, M&Ms, cookies, etc.
(4) Parking close to start
(5) Packet pick-up available morning of race
(6) No road crossings to worry about
Cons:
(1) Hand timed (no chips)
(2) Double out and back for marathoners
(3) Shirt - plain white, no year
(4) Medal - could be more event specific

Elevation Profile


Course Vitals

Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: No

Gender Distribution


Total Number of Participants: 50

Finishing Times

Age Distribution

Boston & NYC Qualifiers

Total Qualifiers:

Boston 3

New York 1

 

Percentage of Total Finishers:

Boston 6.8%

New York 2.3%


Note: Data based off of 2016 race results