Finishing on the Keene State college campus is festive energizing! This is a popular Boston qualifier Marathon for good reason! I loveTestimonial 2 11.15.23
the quality of the long sleeve shirts you receive with sign up, and the additional swag goodies are great! I cannot recommend this race
enough for all ability levels! You will be glad you chose to run the historic Clarence DeMar race!
I’ve run the half marathon twice, in 2022 and 2023. Both times I’ve run this race it was a small town race of around 800 participants,Testimonial 1 11.15.23
with a big time race feel! This race is so well run from the minute you sign up until the moment you cross that festive finish and head
over to the amazing spread of hot soup, fresh fruit, yummy cookies and many options for refreshments.
The race director and the town of Keene do an amazing job supporting this race. Roughly 500 volunteers were involved in 2019, for a field size of ~400 marathoners and ~450 half-marathoners. The overall support is exemplary. The final third of the course runs around and through the town of Keene. This is local race and the town comes out and supports runners. There are plenty of well-wishers and locals cheering you on. Learning about the history and life of Clarence DeMar is inspirational. I read his autobiography pre-race and recommend it. The medals are big and cool. Heading up to Keene for this run makes for a rewarding and fulfilling weekend. Good luck if you run CDM (you won’t be disappointed!).Ken from Steamboat Springs CO
I can’t get over how smooth the entire process was! This race had the best support, even for the back of the packers. All volunteers were still out and enthusiastic! The first half was breathtaking New England beauty, and the second half had the best support. I loved every mile. This was my first full, and I truly plan to run it again.Ann from Manchester NH
Excellent point-to-point race. Very well organized (packet pick-up, bag check, shuttles to starting point—and for the half marathon, a shuttle back to the starting line, if you parked your car there). The announcers shout out the names of runners as they approach the finish line, often including special notes that you can submit on your registration form (“this is his 30th half marathon!” or “this is her 42th state”). There’s a massage tent with a lot of people working there, so you don’t have to wait too long to be seen. Fantastic post-race food tent (the best food of the 5 different half marathons I’ve run). The race has made an effort to reduce waste by handing out very nice reusable DeMar water bottles instead of the usual disposable water bottles. They have a station in the finish area where you can refill it.Jennifer from New Tripoli, PA
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