The Mohawk Hudson River Marathon was my second marathon within the same year. While my first marathon was less than optimal, I had a much better experience the second time around. I really enjoyed that this was a local race in my hometown. I was able to take an Uber to the starting line and finished in downtown Albany, NY. Because it was a local race I saw some friends that I didn’t know were running the race.
The Mohawk Hudson River marathon is a long standing race and put on well. The course is mostly downhill, but the last 6 miles are relatively flat and destroyed me. I hadn’t trained as well for this one as my first one in Martha’s Vineyard and I could tell. I was hoping to hit under 4 hours, but missed that goal. The amount of time that I was over my goal corresponded nicely to the last 6 miles I could hardly run 🤦♂️.
Total Time: 4:06:26
Pace: 9’24” min/mi (PR)
Division Place: 36
Bib #: 351
From the Website
Your PR awaits. Think fast. Think flat. Think about accomplishing one of the greatest challenges of your life: the marathon. There's no better place to test your mental and physical strength than on our course, described in Runner's World Magazine as "simple, understated and stunning", an event with "all the amenities of a major marathon with none of the hassles." See it for yourself.
Race along the historic Mohawk and Hudson Rivers utilizing 18 miles of paved bikeways. The USATF certified course starts in Central Park in Schenectady and finishes on the bike path in downtown Albany. The course generally follows the Mohawk River, on paved bicycle trails, then proceeds to the Hudson River, via the historic city of Watervliet. The course passes immediately in front of the Watervliet Arsenal, the nation's only large bore cannon manufacturer. The historic munitions plant opened in 1813, and is still a major producer of munitions. Shortly after passing the Watervliet Arsenal it is back to the bike path for the final 5 miles along the historic Hudson River.
This is a point-to-point course that is primarily flat and fast, with a net elevation loss of 370 feet. The Hannaford Supermarkets Half Marathon uses the second half of the marathon course. Approximately two-thirds of the marathon course is on paved bike path, one-third on city streets. The bike path is not closed to public use and city streets are not closed to vehicular traffic. Participants are required to run or walk on the left shoulder of the road when using city streets, unless otherwise instructed by race or police officials. Please use caution. Both courses cross a freight railroad line. Trains are not on a schedule and their frequency cannot be predicted, timing mats are provided to capture any delay by the train.