Monthly marathon race report: Sweltering Summer Marathon

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I ran my fastest marathon this year recently in August - the Sweltering Summer Marathon in Pittsfield, MA - and came in 7th in the men's division.

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It was also my 2nd fastest marathon ever. Still trying to crack the 4hr mark this year (4:04 is my PR at the Harrisburg marathon a couple of years ago, which is really fast course). The race organizers ran a great race. This race was 74 laps on a dirt path and each runner had a small area on a table by the path to place their food and drinks.

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They also had a common table that they had all sorts of food and drinks for all runners. They had this electrolyte drink called 'Go Juice' that I had never heard off. It seemed to work. It had no sugary flavor. I liked it! I ate only bananas, oranges, watermelon, and almonds. I love the medals we got, they were made out of wood. How cool is that! This is my 3rd wooden medal, the other one was at last month's Lost Turkey Trail Marathon, and the other as at a 50K ultra I did a couple of years ago in Brooklyn. Fun bit: I recognized 2 people in the race that I had seen at other NE marathons I'd run this year. Overall this was a great race if you are cool with running laps. It's a very flat course and easy on the joints. The race organizers are really nice and the medal is unique. Try it out next year!

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