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The company doing race day photos is MarathonFoto and their website can be found by going to the race services page of our site and clicking on the order race photos link. They will also be sending proofs to all runners in the race.
gerry beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 21:54:31 (ET)

Anyone know the url for the company doing the photos at OSM this year? Thanks!
Lisa roark1112@EMAIL.COM
RI USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 11:19:04 (ET)

This was my 3rd Ocean State Marathon and every aspect of this year's race was fantastic, except the wind that is. The crowds were great and I think were much colder than the runners were! The traffic control was outstanding with many police at busy intersections and offering words of encouragement. The new finish seemed longer as my body just wanted to turn right and finish the old way after Citizens Plaza! Congrats to all the runners who finished and lets hope the wind will be at our backs the next time. Gerry, is there any reason why the OSM26 web site does not have past year times available? I wanted to check this years time with 1999 & 2000 but site says "coming soon". The times were available this past summer?!
Paul Gebhart
Cranston, RI USA - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 12:57:02 (ET)

This was my first Marathon, entered it at the last minute. I thought I was crazy when I was freezing at the start line for trying this but it was a great and rewarding experience. Everybody I met on the run was very friendly and encouraging. The support I received from the spectators and volunteers made the difference in me finishing the race. I loved the experience and can't wait until next year. Thanks!
George Martins
Coventry, RI USA - Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 22:35:26 (ET)

Well my first marathon is finally under my belt and I'm happy to say I had a extremely enjoyable time, (except for that wind on Allens Ave). You guys did a great job with eveything from the National Anthem at the start, the traffic control, to the buffet at the end. (especially the help with the chips at the finish line!!) I can hardley wait for next year. Also Thanks John for the help during those last 8 miles, I needed it.
Robert Pickett
Lincoln, RI USA - Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 10:09:36 (ET)

Thanks guys !!! wonderful organization...terrific volonteers.and you know what..the wind was not your fault at all. Excellent buffet after the even took care of the champion chip at the end. Congratulations guys !
brossard, pq Canada - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 11:11:34 (ET)

Thank you was my very first marathon. It was quite an experience. Where can I order the pictures they were taking along the race and at the finish line?
brossard, PQ Canada - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 11:08:56 (ET)

Thanks guys !!! wonderful organization...terrific volonteers.and you know what..the wind was not your fault at all. Excellent buffet after the even took care of the champion chip at the end. Congratulations guys!
brossard, pq Canada - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 11:05:43 (ET)

Thanks for a great marathon experience. Thanks to Eric and John with whom I ran for the first 15 miles. Eric, great job with hanging on with the Eastside hills and qualifying for Boston. To the guy who drafted off me all along Allens Ave., take your turn at the front next time!. Great idea with having the finish at the Convention Center. Most of all, thanks to all the volunters, you where all great!!!
Kevin Hillery
Providence, RI USA - Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 18:42:37 (ET)

Arne and all others: The choice to have Gatorade in the final half of the race was necessity rather han choice. Ultima Replenisher was the sponsoring fluid replacement and should have been at all stops. Unfortunately, the shipment from the company came in woefully insufficient to cover the needs of our field of runners. Since there was no way to get more Ultima, we purchased what was available in bulk, Gatorade. As for the aid station volunteers calling out various names for what they were dispensing, we will take them to scholl before next year's event and they willknow what they are dispensing.
gerry beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 17:21:55 (ET)

I had an enjoyable marathon weekend. Providence is a great city, and the people volunteering on the course and cheering throughout the route helped get me through. Two problems with the race. 1.) the wind, which was brutal in places but obviously isn't the responsibility of the race coordinators, and 2.) the lack of food before and during the race. I was surprised no one handed out sports gels, and that the only refreshments they had at the start were water and coffee. I could've used the energy in the last 6 miles (nice post-race buffet, though).
Jason Silberberg
USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 15:35:34 (ET)

Last year my being my first this was my second OSM. Love the course, organization, but the volunteers need a special mention. They are the best; genuinelly warm and friendly. It makes a lot of difference! Congrats! One big problem at the water stops. There was water and Ultima at the tables up to mile 21 or so, but no one ever mentioned Ultima. It was called Sports Drink, Sports Plus, All Sport and Gatorade. Many people like me have adverse effects to sports drinks. I get cramps from Gatorade. At each stop I had to stop, test and confirm that it was Ultima which was being called all the other names mentioned above.Finally after mile 20 when I was sure that Ultima was the drink being served as all the above, at next stop I just drank what was being called Gatorade. Guess what? It was Gatorade and I had to spit it out. Fortunatley I did not swallow enought to give me cramps.This is serius problem for some runners health and voluteers should be told what they are passing out speciically! . Congratulation for a great race. Loved the reception at the finish line, and I'll be back next year.
Arnie James
Somerville, MA USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 12:40:08 (ET)

Your attention to every detail of a runners needs was greatly appreciated. After an 18 year layoff this was a great race to come back to.
Richard Elderkin
Lincoln, RI USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 20:51:47 (ET)

Weather was beautiful, expect for the 20 miles of head wind. Had a little trouble seeing the last 2 or 3 tenths mile and had to stop and ask a police officer to confirm direction. You may want to check that for next year. Really enjoyed all the folks that came out to cheer us on. I hope they know how much that really helps us along. See you next year.
Marcel Cartier #729
Cumberland, RI USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 18:32:39 (ET)

Thanks for all the hard workers at the marathon, you guys were terrific. My husband and I both had good runs and despite the cold, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Patricia Hillery
providence, RI USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 13:30:56 (ET)

Jeremy Adler broke my back and kicked my ass this summer. Now I see what he was pulverising us all for. Go Jeremy!!!
John Mitchell
New York, NY USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 16:37:30 (ET)

Good luck to everyone this year. Hope to be back next year to run the Ocean State Marathon.
Oakland, RI USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 04:17:00 (ET)

Claire and Everyone. The letters were delayed because slight alterations in the course required new maps which are included with the letter. The mailing began today and everyone should have their letter within a few days. We apologize for the delay. The letter and map will also be displayed on this site very soon.
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 18:27:13 (ET)

Gerry-was prerace information mailed out in September? Did I forget to send in a self addressed stamped envelope with my registration? Or is the mail just slow? Thanks! Claire Gadrow
Claire Gadrow
South Kingstown, RI USA - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 22:45:09 (ET)

Anybody from CT wants to carpool on the morning of the race? It will not only save gas but also make the return trip safer. I am in New Haven. Just drop me an email or call me (203-624-4178) if this sounds like a good idea.
June-Seek Choi
New Haven, CT USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 10:13:33 (ET)

The front doors of the Convention Center and the first set of doors on the side will be accessible to everyone. If you watch the race on Exchange Terrace you can easily get to the Convention Center and gain access through either set of doors. Finishers will use the last set of doors after cooling down and regaining their bags and then take the escalator upstairs where family and friends can meet them.
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 23:02:46 (ET)

With the new 2001 finish line, will it be possible for spectators who may be on Exchange Terrace to walk past the finish line and get into the CC to look for a runner who has finished? Will the finish line block access for spectators to get (easily) into the Convetion Center where the runners go after the race?
Providence, RI USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 13:05:13 (ET)

Howdy, The OSM - Nov. 12th. 2000 - was my very first marathon - always having wanted to run a marathon before I turned 40! (If you want to read about it... I wholeheartedly recommend it to any runner, even those of you who are indecisive about running a marathon after only, say, a year of training. You CAN do it! I would have run it again, this year, but... got accepted to run the New York City Marathon instead. Gerry
Gerry Murray
New York, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 15:02:00 (ET)

Hey Gerry/Ray Looking forward to my return for a run this year after two years of being injured. As always I know of the great job you do it putting on one of the best marathons I have ever run and I've run plenty. The logistics and support has always been tremendous. Have a couple of fellow runners that will be running this year along with myself who are excited about returning to a marathon race.Looking to see you on the starting line and I will try to sing my best for all the runners to reflect on this great country of ours.
steve hancock
bozrah, ct USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 12:53:12 (ET)

John and all others. We have not instituted pace teams to our event because there has not been a concerted call for them. We believe marathoning to be an individual test against distance and time. Any assistance, like pacing teams, bicycles or unentered runners accompanying registered runners diminishes the integrity of the athletic experience which is the marathon. After all, it is an event that tests the human spirit through rigorous training toward an effort on a single day to achieve personal glory for oneself. Outside influences that make the effort less cumbersome can certainly diminish the overall experience of overcoming distance and time. We are not in favor of those influences.
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 19:39:56 (ET)

Does anyone know if there will be pace teams at the race?
John Rorick
Bethel, CT USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 15:06:44 (ET)

Claire and all others. There is no packet or number pickup on Saturday this year. If the event continues to grow and have success we could turn to two days of packet and number pickup. But for this year we can only do the one day. Packets can, of course, also be picked up on race morning at the start between 6:30 am and 7:30 am.
gerry beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 20:34:59 (ET)

Is there any opportunity to pickup you race number and packet on Saturday October 6? Thank you!
Claire Gadrow
South Kingstown, RI USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 12:29:52 (ET)

To all would be walkers. We do not have a walking division but we would certainly not discourage someone from walking the course. The problem is the time frame over which we can provide services and protection. We provide on course services, including traffic and police control, for 5 1/2 hours. Additionally, we keep the finish line open until 6 1/2 hours after the start. These are reasonable parameters for marathons and are comparable to most major marathons. In conclusion, if you can maintain 12 minute per mile pace running or walking you would be well cared for and would finish within those time frames. We can not provide an early start for walkers, or anyone, because the necessity for protection on the course would require police to be on station earlier and longer which would increase the costs of putting on the event.
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 20:55:10 (ET)

This would be my first marathon. My question is can a walker enter. I walk in RI every time I come and know the East Bay path well.
Courtland Gardner
Perkasie, PA USA - Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 21:17:02 (ET)

Patricia and all others. Our long stnding policy has been that no wheeled vehicles of any kind, other than official vehicles and the three bicycles which accompany the lead women to identify them, are allowed on the course at any time. Runners who receive assistance from bicyclists riding the course can be disqualified. However, if your support cyclist does the homework, you could be met several times along the course by using the maps all entrants will have access to and using alternate routes to get ahead of you and offer asssistance. As for porta-potties, we will be adding several more on the course so there will be one at each of four medical aid stations and one at every other water station beginning with the second of the 14 on the course. We sincerely hope we can address all of your needs and assure you a safe, hydrated and tidy trip to Providence on race day.
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Monday, September 03, 2001 at 16:09:11 (ET)

I am looking forward to running my second marathon on my "home" turf (though I'm originally from Ireland). Now, if only we could take care of flattening out those East Side hills!!! I think it's a good idea to hold the race early in the Fall, while people are seriously looking for qualifiers for Boston. I'm wondering if there'd be any problem if my husband rode his bike alongside me from miles 10 through 23 to hand me my gatorade (I can NEVER drink from those little cups at races without getting it in my eyes) and to hold extra shorts etc. in case I don't make it to the porta-pottie on time (gross, but it does happen to many female runners who can't just pull to the side of the road as men can). Good luck with the race, the organization is the REAL marathon.
Patricia Hillery
Providence, ri USA - Sunday, September 02, 2001 at 21:41:18 (ET)

I was talking to a friend of mine about the osm and the only problem we could find was is it seems the food and refreshments run out for the back of the pack!Do spectators help themselves? Maybe tables could be restocked periodically so there are some left till the end of the race.Maybe it's just our imagination,but I thought I would ask! Good Luck everyone! See you on the 8th!
Steve Peladeau
Warwick, RI USA - Friday, August 31, 2001 at 22:07:56 (ET)

Paul and all others. The parking situation in Providence on race day, Columbus Day should be similar to a Sunday. There is no ticketing for on street parking. We are working on getting some type of discount for runners at one of the nearby parking garages but that is not finalized yet. Runners taking buses to the start early in the morning should have little problem finding parking. As with any event, spectators should try to get into the city early to find a parking spot. we will have final parking info included in the entrant letter to be sent in the middle of September. The letter will also be posted on this site.
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 17:55:14 (ET)

Gerry, Do you think finding available parking in the city for spectators will be a problem given the race is now on a Monday and perhaps some businesses will be open?
Paul Gebhart
Cranston, RI USA - Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 15:41:16 (ET)

Nice site...
USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 19:17:24 (ET)

Any comments on Ultima? I've heard it is awful, wondering if I should BYOB.
USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 11:43:08 (ET)

Thanks for your quick reply Gerry! The added benefit of having music in that area is that with the course change at the end of the race the runners should be able to hear the music for about 1/4 mile or so and it's far away enough not to bother what's going on at the finish area. Looking forward to race day and good luck.
Paul Gebhart
Cranston, RI USA - Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 08:15:26 (ET)

To reply to Paul's entry below. The opportunity to move the finish line to the Convention Center is beneficial in many ways, including your reference to the walk there from the old finish at Kennedy Plaza. The band you heard in 1999 did not return last year but we will try to get them back or have someone else in that area. We have a DJ at the finish who plays music but ceases when runners begin finishing and then announces the names of as many people as he can. Because of TV, Radio and his announcements we can't have any music too close to the finish.
gerry beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 17:26:32 (ET)

I really like the new finish! This should really help getting runners into the convention center where the food and drink is. I have run OS twice and never bothered to go into the convention center due to the distance away from finish. Will there be any offical music playing at end of course this year? I remember in 1999 when you turned right off of Canal street there was a DJ playing music. That really felt good hearing music playing at that point in the race. You knew you were close to finishing and was a great pick-me-up. I didn't notice anyone in 2000. Is there anything planned for 2001?? I hope so.
Paul Gebhart
Cranston, RI USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 16:17:19 (ET)

I'm afraid there're too many hills. Am I wrong? I ran Philadelphia last year and There's only one and it wasn't bad at all. Anybody knows?
alfredo dawson
brossard, QC canada - Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 14:36:24 (ET)

This is my first marathon. I am running to qualify for the Boston marathon but the Qualifying time seems beyond my reach. I am 45 years old and have been runing seriously for about a year. I began training 3 weeks ago. I haveendurance but slow speed, about 12 min miles not even close to qualifying for the Boston. I hope I can just finish. Any suggestions?
Diane Masterson
Worcester, MA USA - Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 18:26:28 (ET)

Just dropped you a note. The earlier date maybe great for me. Can you please send me a brochure with latest info and app. Thanks much and good luck. Craig
Millburn, NJ USA - Monday, June 11, 2001 at 08:17:58 (ET)

A marathon on a Monday?! Hey Marcus Glegerich, ever heard of a Marathon in Boston? That's on a Monday, and I think it's a pretty popular race, but I may be mistaken!
Charles Laurent
USA - Monday, April 30, 2001 at 11:21:40 (ET)

The appeal to Ocean State has always been it's November date. This allowed cooler weather training in Sept. and Oct. as well as a perfect temperature on race day. Now I have to find another fall marathon.
MA USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 17:14:19 (ET)

I am disappointed right now becasue I could not get in to the marathon I wanted to run this year. I remember an article I read on this marathon in Runner's World, and thought it would be a good choice. I look forward to it.
Islip, NY USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 18:26:34 (ET)

I can't wait to run the Ocean State Marathon this year. Now that my injuries are pretty much healed, I am now able to start adding mileage weekly. It was a great boost to watch the Boston Marathon this week.
Paula Richard
RI USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 15:26:57 (ET)

MONDAY!?!?! The race is on a Monday?!? What the hell is the deal with that?
Marcus J GIegerich
Rutherford, NJ USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 17:25:20 (ET)

I'm training to walk my first marathon in Anchorage, Alaska with Team In Traning. But it looks like this OSM will definitely be my second marathon - being closer to home and all. :) I'm looking for sponsorship to fundraise for the Leukemia society, so I'd love it if you all could visit and read around, or just sponsor me. Thanks a lot.
Worcester, MA USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 01:21:52 (ET)

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Diane Ackerman
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 11:18:30 (ET)

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