2014 Runner Survey:

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out a survey on our first LOCO Marathon.

By many accounts, runners loved the course and many, many were successful in their bid to qualify for Boston.

Below is a chart of the responses to several questions asked.

Runner Comments: Check out what other runners are saying!

  • Nice course; low key; well designed
  • All of the volunteers were so friendly and helpful!
  • The pacers were fantastic.  This is the smallest marathon I have run, and I was worried I would be running alone the entire race.  I learned that it is much harder to stay motivated to push yourself to run fast after 3+ hours of running alone, so the pacers allowed me to run with a small group for the majority of the race.
  • I liked the convenience of the ballroom to the start/finish line.  Loved being able to cool down and warm up and grab a beer in a cozy place.

Complete runner comment section (Click Here)

2014-survey-11-18

 

What is your favorite part of the race?
The trail, though I felt it wasn’t very fast and bit rocky for my feet, but the trail itself was gorgeous.
I really liked what you did. Well organized, fun, nice people, nice course, really well done.   A couple of minor points. Far far too few port-a-potties.Now I am guessing that everyone says that at every race. But 6 for 400 people plus the indoors does not seem like enough. Was not an issue because, what, 100 people went in the woods. My saying that I won’t race next year has nothing to do with the race. I’m just not planning on running a fall marathon. I would recommend your race to others!   More below:
I liked the convenience of the ballroom to the start/finish line. Loved being able to cool down and warm up and grab a beer in a cozy place.
The blacktop miles of the race with the rolling hills and beautiful scenery. Also the volunteers at the water stops who were there until the very end. I liked the 7:30 start time.
Great course.
The trail – loved how the stones were painted white! You guys thought of everything!
frendly, simple, nice road
Having my family out on the course.
1) Volunteers were supportive and helpful.   2) Volunteers in place at all intersections and turns to keep the runners on course. 3) Used to registering the day before a race, but this worked out fine. 4) I got a womens small shirt. I registered at 6:30am. I liked the color of the shirt, but it was rather plain. No logos or sponsors. 5) I would have liked an 8:15-pacer for the whole race. I used the 8:10 pacer for the half and was on my own for the 2nd loop.
nice course; low key; well designed;
All of the volunteers were so friendly and helpful!
The pacers were fantastic. This is the smallest marathon I have run, and I was worried I would be running alone the entire race. I learned that it is much harder to stay motivated to push yourself to run fast after 3+ hours of running alone, so the pacers allowed me to run with a small group for the majority of the race.
Rail trail!
Finishing! The flat course was more challenging than I anticipated as I was craving more elevation gain at times but I did qualify for Boston so very pleased and would recommend it to others wanting to qualify.
rolling – not flat, not hilly. No traffic. Great weather. Not crowded.
The part along the fields with the sun coming up.
Closeness to home The Minestrone was excellent – The Chili a bit too hot (I like hot usually but after Marathon I am sensitive) The weather   The trail : relieved the soreness at bottom of my feet. I don’t mind the rocks.
I loved running the country roads past the farm.
The trail was a very nice treat for your feet at the end!   The volunteers are the aid stations were great!!   Course was well marked.
I really loved the trail. I almost wonder if I could have run faster if I could have been less worried about falling over the rocks. I’m not complaining, though! I PR’d, and overall I loved the course.
My first ever marathon. I did not want to be part of a massive crowd for my first. this was perfect.
i like the fact that it is a loop done twice….it makes it much easier to gauge pace and effort and you know what you need to do on the second half….this also made it easier for family to watch the race without having to head to different places….i also like how small the field was…i do not like having to dodge runners in the bigger races.
I love running down the scenic back roads such as Camp Lee and Bald Hill.
The rail trail was a nice break
Achieving my goals.
I really like the small hometown feel. The course was not over crowded and the landscape was beautiful.
The rail trail was great, and actually faster for me than the roads.
The course was awesome, pacers were great too.
trails and medal
The Trail.. (*_*)
Loved it — the course was absolutely beautiful, weather was perfect and the people/volunteers were awesome.   I really loved this race. If not for the fact that I was sick, it would have been the perfect place for a PR — great course (so beautiful, lots of nice straightaways, just enough elevation change, loved the trail), small field, perfect weather.
This was my first full marathon. My favorite part was finishing and the awesome wood metal!
This was my first full marathon. My favorite part was finishing and the awesome wood metal!
the trail
I loved most of the course, tough to pic a favorite. I thought the stretch from mile 5 to 6 was beautiful.
The course was beautiful and the many water stations we’re awesome!
The course is very quaint and not boring. I like running through wooded areas, not urban black top settings. The second lap wasn’t mentally draining like city running can be for me making the race feel much quicker. The trail was just terrific.     I really like the DeMar Marathon in Keene, but this is really nice.
I love the trail on the last 3/6 miles. And the volunteers were amazing. Cheering and supportive the whole time. Having the ballroom to sit in before (and after) the race was really great. And I love the medals! Really great race – I was so pleasantly surprised and will definitely spread the word.