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For those of you who would like to receive our full color race brochure, mailed in early April, please e-mail us your real mail address and we will add you to our database. The applicaion brochure has all the information found here but in a much more portable and convenient format. We hope you consider Ocean State for your autumn marathon choice. All the best to each and every one of you!
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Monday, February 26, 2001 at 18:05:26 (ET)

Awesome Web Site.
Jumbo Friend
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, January 22, 2001 at 23:00:04 (ET)

OK, OK, I finally got to type this up (mostly over the holidays) so here you go... (Just drag the "banner ad" off the screen when it pops up)...and read on! Posted: Mon, Jan. 8th. 2001
Gerald Murray
New York, NY USA - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 12:59:12 (ET)

HELLO & CONGRATULATIONS to EVERYONE involved in OSM 2000, from STAFF and VOLUNTEERS to EVERY CONTESTANT. Again I had a wonderful experience. Gerry & Company put on a marvelous race, ordered great running weather and tended to the runners' every need. The answer to Marc's question on slow times is: Gerry added a few more hills to the same course(Ha!Ha!). At least it seemed like it. THANKS SO MUCH for a GREAT TIME visiting home, family, and friends and running in a wonderful race. What more could one ask for in a weekend? Looking forward to next year already. Get back to training, see if we can improve our performance. Point to Point course, Champion Chip, Monday Holiday running; looking more like Boston all the time, only BETTER!! Maybe next year it will be corrals for the large number of participants. EVERYBODY have a great Holiday season. See Y'all next year!!!
Manny T.
Cypress, Tx USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 00:00:00 (ET)

Hello All, I couldn't help but notice that the times this year were a little bit slower than last year for all the age groups. I myself clocked a slower time this year. I'd like to know what percentage of people had a similar experience. What do you suppose led to this occurrence(was it really that windy out there?). I'm vowing to come back next year and reverse the curve. I had a great time on the course this year and I think everyone involved in this event did a fantastic job.
Arlington, MA USA - Monday, November 20, 2000 at 12:40:17 (ET)

Many thanks for a terrific marathon experience! My sister, Colleen, and I both got PR's by 20 minutes! Yee-ha! Was the course fast or was it the great support of all the volunteers, police, and spectators along the way? We had a wonderful time in Rhode Island... and a special thanks to the folks around Mile 23 who handed out some much-needed jelly beans! Thanks!!!
Deirdre Maher
Hoboken, NJ USA - Thursday, November 16, 2000 at 10:05:58 (ET)

Since I had an injury and couldn't run this year I volunteered to work at the finish line and I'm glad I did. It was interesting to see the many expressions of the runners coming in. I met so many nice people. It was a great experience. The finish area needs to have a bigger supply of bananas. Many of the late runners that came in were very dissappointed that we ran out. At least there was enough to drink!!
USA - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 20:11:27 (ET)

My sister Claire Gadrow already commented in the forum on my praise for the volunteers and officials who put together an impressive event. Please add to that my appreciation for the fantastic support from the spectators. This was my first marathon and you made it a great experience, which I am already looking forward to repeating. See you next year!
Virginia Marcille-Kerslake
Guelph, On Canada - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 19:05:25 (ET)

My sister, Ginny Marcille Kerslake, and my husband John Gadrow ran with me this year. My sister who lives in Canada has tremendous praise for the volunteers and race officials. She commented that everyone was so nice along the course, at the finish line and in the massage tent. She looks forward to returning next year. We all had a great time.Thank you!
Claire Marcille Gadrow
South Kingstown, RI USA - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 12:46:30 (ET)

Thanks to everyone for a great race, (including Whoever arranged for the beautiful day).
Quincy, MA USA - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 09:00:36 (ET)

i really enjoyed the course, the weather, the people at the aid stations were great. The race organization was fantastic. Although there were not that many spectators, those that were ther were very encouraging. The finsh in downtown was great. I hope to run again next year. Thanks for a great time.
jim mcgrath
USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 16:33:22 (ET)

I know the date is set already for 2001, but let me be one voice to say that the November date is more desireable. Many runners like myself prefer the chance of cooler weather, that mid November usually brings. I also bet that you get a number of people who probably come to Ocean State because they did not get into New York. This currently is advantageous to your event. However after having a great experience at Ocean State, I could forget about ever going to New York . Moving the date back my send a number of people to Philadelphia the following weekend. A Columbus Day date might be competing with Hartford or Chicago. These thoughts have probably been considered already, but I felt compelled to register an opinion. Good Luck and congratulations to the city of Providence for it recognition by "Money" magazine as the most livable city in the east.
Red Hook, NY USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 15:58:19 (ET)

I wanted to thank the organizers, the great volunteers, the police department of the various towns, and all the people that came out to cheer us! This was my first Marathon, and a great experience it was. We were well taken care of thoughout the course with all the water stations. Congtratulations to all who ran, and thank you.
Val mendoza
Sunnyside, NY USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 15:56:46 (ET)

If ya wanna know who was that guy in the black "tuxedo/dress-suit" T-shirt who joshed with the volunteers "he shoots, he scores" as he got rid of his paper cups into the plastic baggies, and took pics (disposable camera) 'neath the clocks along the way... ...well that was me! Hi folks, Yurp, well, all kidding aside, this was my first marathon and I'm SO glad I chose the OSM. Fantastic organizing and what a great course to boot. I swore I'd do a marathon before I turned 40 (Nov. 30th.) and managed to do so ....04:24:51. Regarding next year? Arnie would say: "I'll be back!" Gerry #827
Gerald Murray
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 15:00:32 (ET)

Thank you all for a great race. This was my second year running this race (my fourth marathon overall) and I like the course. This race has the best support and organization of any that I've run. I didn't get the PR I was looking for, but I did manage to run (and not walk like last year) up those hills between 21 and 23. Thanks again to all of the volunteers! Great job! George
George Walk
Boxford, MA USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 14:21:47 (ET)

Thank you OSM and all of the volunteers for such a spectacular & well-run race! You made it possible for me to qualify for Boston! A Special thank you to "DAN-O" for pre/post race comraderie and the tape idea! It worked! Jen
Jennifer Humphreys
Portland, ME USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 12:06:09 (ET)

Thanks to Gerry and all for a superb race. The course is very fair and the crowd support excellent for a mid-size event. Here's another vote for sticking to November, not changing the gongs (my son likes the rooster),adding more portapotties at CCRI and eliminating the postrace/prerace noisemakers ... and congrats to PR Jules and Jerry and indomitable Beth!
John Rolfe
Portland, ME USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 10:22:40 (ET)

Excellent - well done - you folks deserve a medal as well -!!! All your volunteers were wonderful and deserve an energetic pat on the back. The water stops were plentiful as well - that's so improtant Do you think that maybe next year you could try to have some of those hills removed!!!! Someone actually had the nerve to tell me this course was flat!! Great job folks!
Donna Reindorf
Halifax, NS Canada - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 09:18:32 (ET)

I like your website
Jan Buitendag
Narragansett, RI USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 19:05:15 (ET)

Well, I guess I need to do more hill work. Thank you most of all to the volunteers and those who cheered on the way. A wonderful race. Thanks again. Maybe I'll break 4:00 next time.
Kent A. Shuebrook
Toms River, NJ USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 18:39:16 (ET)

A big shout-out to all the volunteers that made OSM 2000 such a great race. The course is fair but unforgiving; I was chasing a 3:20 Boston qualifier and ran strong for 18 miles, then faded badly. The winds around Mile 17 didn't help, and in the final six miles I got my comeuppance. To everyone who had a hand in teaching me this lesson, thanks. Here's a vote for keeping OSM 2001 in the runner-friendly chilly air of November.
richard cowen
Bloomfield, nj USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 18:37:43 (ET)

Wow! What a race yesterday! The hills were plentiful and the winds bountiful; yet the entire "trip" was wonderful. Since this was only my second marathon, the 1st being 3 weeks ago in Chicago, it will be a race I will always remember. When I crossed the finished in just under 3:20, I knew I was going to Boston! The race volunteers were great, the crowd warm and friendly, and the streets were welcoming. Thanks for the memories....from a grateful out-of-towner!
Dan Klein
Whitefish Bay, WI USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 17:00:11 (ET)

I feel I must comment on my wonderful marathon experience. Your support and volunteers were unsurpassed by any other marathon I have ever done. I am sad you are changing next year`s marathon to Oct.,though. I really favor Nov. marathon weather. Keep up the good work!
Deirdre Novi
Walingford, CT USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 16:54:15 (ET)

Ditto to the previous 3 comments. The OSM volunteers, spectators, police/traffic control, and marathoners made my first marathon a terrific experience. I'd also not been to Providence in eons and it was nice to see the transformation that has taken place downtown making it a nice place to be and a good host city. While I'm sure there are good reasons for it, however, I do wish you hadn't changed 2001 to October. There are a couple of other good New England races that may conflict.
Dean Lizotte
Grantham, NH USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 16:23:35 (ET)

By all rights, you guys deserve 1564 emails similar to this ... Thanks for running such a great race with particular appreciation to all the volunteers. Even considering the post-mile 20 hills, this is an outstanding race in no small part because of the folks involved. See you next year.
Bill Lyons
Somerville, MA USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 15:29:36 (ET)

Thanks everyone for a great experience and a PR marathon. OSM was highly recommended to me by several of the members of my running club, the Gate City Striders. It was everything they promised; great course, very accommodating volunteers, plenty of water stops, and crowd support.
Pat Kiesselbach
Nashua, NH USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 12:46:32 (ET)

Mr Beagan and others associated with the OSM...I am a marketing consultant and appreciate good customer service..i see and feel when this excists. The details and your customer/runner service was exceptional..The moments of truth...getting information about the race ...your super web site....the health fair...the coordination pre race...the race itself....the water....the timing system...the posting of results...the pasta meal after the race...the people who clap for you at the convention center..(made my 4 yr old feel special as she wore her medal!) that is attention to detail...thanks for a great expereience...I also was able to run with Bill Rodgers on Saturday and Mr Beagan was driving the the pace car! Great Job as for the medal get em all the time....lets look at the big picture! Best Wishes Next Year and thank you.
Norton, MA USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 12:14:05 (ET)

Crowds were very light this year. I ran last year and was just a spectator this year. I think moving the race up a month will help get more runners and spectators out on the course. Will see. I hope you decide to redesign the medal next year. I'm sorry it looks like a peice of chocolate and the rooster has to go! I would not have noticed if I wasn't looking through the OSM magazine last night. I noticed about 1/2 dozen metals from other races, some of them were really nice looking. Look forward to next year. Congrats to all who finished especially my dear friend Maureen.
Paul Gebhart
Cranston, RI USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 08:27:07 (ET)

This was my first marathon and I appreciated all the support from the crowd and numerous volunteers. Especially the police and other people who did a tremendous job with traffic control. I hope to make it again next year. Thanks. ( P.S. I forgot to turn in my chip and did not notice it until I was heading home on I95. Please let me know where to send it and I will promptly return it. Sorry.)
Red Hook, NY USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 07:28:50 (ET)

Just a few comments about a fantastic experience running osm 2000. Many thanks to all the volunteers and supporters seen throughout the course. From relaxing in a warm gymnasium prior to the start to having a friendly face to place the finisher's medal around my neck at the finish, this was a day to remember. And improving on a 4:30 1999nyc finish to a 3:35 2000osm finish may have Boston in sight befor I die.
prov., ri USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 21:52:46 (ET)

Just a few comments about a fantastic experience running osm 2000. Many thanks to all the volunteers and supporters seen throughout the course. From relaxing in a warm gymnasium prior to the start to having a friendly face to place the finisher's medal around my neck at the finish, this was a day to remember. And improving on a 4:30 1999nyc finish to a 3:35 2000osm finish may have Boston in sight befor I die.
prov., ri USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 21:49:18 (ET)

Just wanted to know - how was the wind out there today. I ran last year and found the wind to be kind, with the major exception of coming down the strech on North Main Street (it was whipping). Just a spectator this year, but maybe next...
Warwick, ri USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 20:16:06 (ET)

Great Marathon everyone..I was a spectator and it was still great, to # 80, great job and I will miss chatting with you.Run well, stay healthy. Tigger
Tigger aka Kathy L
wakefield, RI USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 16:17:38 (ET)

My husband, Harry Cimini is running his first marathon this morning. It is now 9:20am and he is on his way. It is also his 53rd birthday. His niece, Ashley Cimini is also running. The best of luck to both of you and we will see you soon. Mary and the volunteers.
Mary Cimini
USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 09:20:17 (ET)

This is my sons first Marathon and he very excited. I want to wish Brian and all of the other runners good luck and have a great race!!!!!!
Florissant, MO USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 08:38:13 (ET)

Good morning everyone. It's race day! Good luck to all - especially to us first-time marathoners!
Smithfield, RI USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 06:55:53 (ET)

This will be my first marathon and I am getting sooooooo excited! I can't wait to see all of you at the start and along the route...I'll be wearing the bright yellow hat! Good luck to everyone (I know I'm gonna need it)! Oh, yeah, and kudos to the OSM staff for the expo today it was great!!! Thanks!
USA - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 18:59:01 (ET)

looks like the 18.4 mark is a good place for your friend to join you.....its actually very close and convenient to the finish line..."davol square" of course your friend goota do the hills
USA - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 05:42:34 (ET)

Third marathon - hoping for 3:40. OSM seems to be well prepared. Registration and information provided via website have been very good. If the race is as well organized it should be a terrific race. Weather looks perfect.
Kent Shuebrook
Toms River, NJ USA - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 21:55:47 (ET)

I've been running the course for the last for days as part of my quest to do 200 marathon distances in the year 2000. Today was my 182. A soggy 182nd I might add. (I hope the weather is better on Sunday.) Maybe you caught the article about me in this morning's Journal. If so, then you know what I look like, and I would like it if you say "hello" and introduce yourself to me as you pass me on Sunday. If you haven't run this marathon before.......You're gonna love it! Jerry Dunn
Jerry Dunn AKA America's Marathon Man
Spearfish, SD USA - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 15:59:27 (ET)

Does anyone have any suggestions on a good area where a friend can run the last leg of the marathon with me? Maybe about 10 to 5 miles from the end? Is there an easily accessible area with parking anywhere? Thank you! and good luck to everyone!
Boston, MA USA - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 11:12:44 (ET)

This weekend will mark my first marathon and I can't wait!! For those expererienced marathoners out there, what would you suggest wearing as "throw away clothes"? Are hats and gloves reccommended for this weather? I plan to wear a Coolmax long sleeved shire, should I also wear a polar fleece vest? I'd love some advice! Thanks!
Marilee Gleason
Franklin, MA USA - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 09:17:47 (ET)

Informative and easily navigated.
Patrick Warren
west hartford, ct USA - Thursday, November 09, 2000 at 16:50:07 (ET)

Regarding restaurants: this is a blatant plug for a good friend, who is the Chef-Owner of Empire, a fantastic resaurant a couple blocks from the finish line. I beleive they start serving at 4:00 Sunday (that's where we're going afterwards!). The two chef-owners were on the cover of Food and Wine magazine recently, so you can expect to truly indulge your senses, if you've any left after the marathon!
Kevin Gardner
Newmarket, NH USA - Thursday, November 09, 2000 at 09:49:48 (ET)

Good luck to everyone who runs on Sunday. Hope everyone has an enjoyable experience. So far the weather looks favorable on Sunday. Will keep my fingers crossed!!!!
Oakland, RI USA - Thursday, November 09, 2000 at 07:36:02 (ET)

Running my first Marathon with you guys this weekend, it will also be my first trip to Rhode Island. I am looking forward to this weekend and I want to wish everyone a good run!
Valentin Mendoza
Sunnyside, NY USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 22:04:19 (ET)

I look forward to treating myself to a fabulous lunch in downtown Providence after the marathon. I discovered Ri-Ra, an Irish restaurant, last time I was there. Great food, and even better beer! Anyone have other restaurant recommendations (that are open Sunday)?
Worcester, MA USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 20:13:01 (ET)

Hello to everyone in or going to RI for the Grand Event(OSM)this Sunday. All the efforts of the dedicated staff and training of marathoners comes together for the 'BIG SHOW'. The forecast, partly cloudy & breezy in the 40's, sounds good for some great marathoning. Maybe a long sleeve Coolmax shirt & gloves at the start, but we'll warm up pretty quickly. GOOD LUCK to all and have a 'GREAT TIME'. Just remember: "Runners, Yeah we're different"
Manny T. Cypress
T USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 13:02:55 (ET)

To all runners, We have done everything possible, within cost restraints to provide everything a marathoner could need along the course. At the medical aid stations there will be band aids, vaseline and other needs. All of the 14 water/All Sport stations have been boosted in product and water to meet any needs for the size of the field. The Ocean State Marathon is committed to making EVERY marathoner's trip from Warwick to Providence a competiton with all the necessary services. But you all have to do the running. All the best from all of us.
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Tuesday, November 07, 2000 at 23:12:14 (ET)

Just wanted to wish everyone well,during this years Ocean State Marathon. I finished my first marathon on 11-5-00 (New York City). There is no feeling like it when you cross that finish line, and someone puts that medal around your neck for the first time. It makes all the months of training worth while. The blisters just won't heal in time for me to run with you, but I'll be out there on the course cheering you on. Run a safe race everyone and I look foward to Running with you next year.
Mike Porter
West Kingston, RI USA - Tuesday, November 07, 2000 at 16:09:05 (ET)

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