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I am considering doing the marathon. I did the half last year. I am hoping for a 3:10-3:20 time (emphasis on hoping). Does anyone know if the marathoners get tangled up with the slower HM finishers? I only ask because the trail is pretty narrow and last year on my way back from the HM turnaround I had a big issue getting squeezed off the trail by people running 4 abreast going the other direction. From a timing perspective, once the marathoners cross over to join the HM course, the faster runners would meet the HMers coming back from their turnaround and then probably overtake some of them (there were many 3+ hour HMers last year) before the finish. But maybe this isn't an issue in reality?

BTW, this is in no way being critical of the folks running the 3+ hour HM. I just want to understand for my own planning.

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2013-10-23 3:27 PM
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Not sure how it would fare...I've only raced on Tobacco Road once, in 2010. I did the half, and was at the pointy end of the field running headlong into the slower HMers for what seemed like miles. That said, they've changed the course around again since then.

Tell you what...if you're making a BQ run there, I'll be your escort and ring a cowbell out in front of you on my mountain bike

I BQ'd at Shamrock (no tangling with HMers, then again at Boston (everyone going in the same direction)
2013-10-23 7:09 PM
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just drive 2hrs southeast and come do Wrightsville Beach. Fast course and the day after you can just sit on the beach an.d drink a beer.
2013-10-23 7:48 PM
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Where's the like button for Daryn's post????
2013-10-23 9:33 PM
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Fgump: you could probably pace me running and not even try too hard. Yes, I am thinking this will be the BQ attempt for the year.

Wrightsville dudes: a very tempting prospect!
2013-10-24 9:59 AM
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just drive 2hrs southeast and come do Wrightsville Beach. Fast course and the day after you can just sit on the beach an.d drink a beer.


x2! I've run both the half and the full. Love the Wrightsville Beach Marathon!!!


2013-11-13 8:11 PM
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x3 on Wrightsville Beach! I've only run the half and got my best PR there!
2013-12-04 1:53 PM
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Originally posted by smoom

I am considering doing the marathon. I did the half last year. I am hoping for a 3:10-3:20 time (emphasis on hoping). Does anyone know if the marathoners get tangled up with the slower HM finishers? I only ask because the trail is pretty narrow and last year on my way back from the HM turnaround I had a big issue getting squeezed off the trail by people running 4 abreast going the other direction. From a timing perspective, once the marathoners cross over to join the HM course, the faster runners would meet the HMers coming back from their turnaround and then probably overtake some of them (there were many 3+ hour HMers last year) before the finish. But maybe this isn't an issue in reality?

BTW, this is in no way being critical of the folks running the 3+ hour HM. I just want to understand for my own planning.


I've done the full three times (2010, 2011, 2012) and my last was my BQ marathon. I also was attempting a sub 3 hour finish in 2012 and failed for a whole host of reasons. Your question is valid and a problem for sure. When I was coming back up from White Oak Church in the final miles on trail, I had lots of issues navigating half walkers who were in some places walking three across. I was totally gassed and really didn't appreciate having to navigate around them when I was in so much pain. That being said, I don't think it really had any bearing on my result and I love this race for a whole host of reasons. BUT, the ATT is a brutal place to PR. Those long gradual inclines like the one from Scott King to O'Kelly Chapel are brutal though you don't realize it at the time.

Last year I ran the half at Myrtle and loved the course and I'll be running the half at WB this year. Though I love running on the ATT, I have no plans to race on it again any time soon.

Just my 2 cents!
2013-12-15 6:47 PM
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x3 on Wrightsville Beach! I've only run the half and got my best PR there!


Fastest of my two marathons at WB! Great race and it's not super huge. Flat, great support, and it helps that the beach is right there.

That being said, will be doing the TR half this year, since it's close and i can be home before lunch! I hear TR (both full and half) are fast.

Good luck!
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Hey...one of those Half Mile folks I did finish!
You should not have any trouble w/ "us" we move to the right always.
I enjoyed watching the 1st place marathoners go by then saw the top 1/4 of the others on the other side of the trail. They were so kind to wave or say good job.
Hope you puchased a parking pass.
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