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Looking sooo forward to seeing the ocean in RI, have always heard it is beautiful, can't think of many things I'd rather be doing,than running a good marathon,and breathing ocean air!!!!
wv USA - Tuesday, November 07, 2000 at 01:20:57 (ET)

Looking forward to seeing the ocean in RI, have always heard it is beautiful can't think of many things I would rather be doing,than a good marathon,and ocean air!!
jeanne dorton oceangypsey
wv USA - Tuesday, November 07, 2000 at 01:01:52 (ET)

This will be my second marathon, 1999 NYC 4:30. This web site is awesome and really looking forward to my first osm. Have been running the past few months various distances from mile 23 back to 12, but have not yet tested the hills from 23 to the finish. Should I be worried? Have been reading some of the comments and excellent reviews from last year's marathon. Throwaway clothes at the starting line is a good idea. Has anyone run 26 miles in a cold rain? Will there be any food available at the starting line? Will there be any improvements to the All Sport stations along the course or will the safe way to go be to wear a water bottle - I don't really want to wear it for the full 26.2. Any informal stations for food along the way? What will be available to runners at the aide stations - vaseline ben-gay bandaids? Can runners be tracked by their chip splits on the web during the race. Thanks.
Nick D.
Providence, RI USA - Tuesday, November 07, 2000 at 00:41:03 (ET)

To answer Erin's question. I would strongly suggest that you come to the starting line with throwaways. Your bags will be long gone headed for the finish area by then. Chances are very good it will be in the high 30's to low 40's. Dress warmly and be prepared to discard MOST of it. Most novice marathoners make the mistake of overdressing. If you have a "possy" with you, have someone plan to give you a dry shirt at about 20, but make sure you have the ability to get the top shirt or singlet off so that your number is still in view. To be courteous, bring a plastic bag to the line, put the clothes in it 5 minutes before the start and get the bag out of the way of any runner. I believe these clothes (the ones in good shape at least) are given to those in need. Mike Piccirilli TNT
mike piccirilli
cranston, RI USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 17:07:25 (ET)

This is my first marathon and I have a quick question about the start. I have heard that in many marathons the baggage claims are not close to the start, so runners should plan on wearing throwaway clothing to discard of at the race start. Is this the case at OSM?
USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 11:45:43 (ET)

Hi All, Ocean State will be my 4th Marathon (Boston 2x and NY once). I'm really looking forward to Sunday. So far the long-range weather forecast looks good, but it's still pretty speculative. I'm planning to finish in about 4:30. If anybody's planning to run at that pace, I'd love to run with you. Hoping for a great fall day. Mark
Mark Cohen
Needham, MA USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 10:12:01 (ET)

For those coming in from out of town or those who have never seen the course...Time to start praying for weather...Here is what to hope for in the way of wind direction. The course is point to point in a round about way. I goes south to north, so in general hope for a South West wind. If we can't get that, much of the course early on goes west to east when it isn't going south to north, so a West wind would not be bad. North or Northeast winds would make it a tough day. Back in '93 I did a weather study, pulling data from 50 years of Late Octobers and Early Novembers. After all that, your chances are about 50/50 for a favorable vs a not favorable wind. Early data from the NWS says next weeked will be dry and calm in the 50's ... That could change for sure, but let's hope it doesn't.
Mike Piccirilli
Cranston, RI USA - Sunday, November 05, 2000 at 20:28:36 (ET)

Hello ALL!! this will be my 2nd marathon and i am very excited. i am comming all the way from auburn, alabama in hopes of qualifying for boston. if anyone is planning on running in the 3:40 range i would love to have someone to pace with. anyone interested let me know. good luck and see ya in a week!
Auburn, Al USA - Saturday, November 04, 2000 at 10:36:48 (ET)

To answer recent questions. The Newport course was used from 1976 thru 1986. When sponsorship evaporated there was no marathon in RI in 1987. In 1988 the marathon was reveived as the RI Marathon with new sponsorship and a course that included Newport and Middletown, RI. Then in 1992 the race made the first reach onto the mainland of RI with a Warwick (two loops) to Providence course. In 1993 the RI Marathon went to a three loop course entirely in Providence and the revival of the Ocean State Marathon, Narragansett to Warwick, took place one week before. Both races had about the same number of entrants. In 1994 Ocean State continued and the RI Marathon ceased. Last year, OSM was run from Warwick to Providence for the first time. The results were spectacular and gratifying. Times were faster, entrants were increased and interest was heightened. All were products of the reason and the method of change. Growth on the old course was problematic. The facilities at start and finish could not support many more entrants and the attending excitement of a downtown finish in the new course was sure to generate interest. It worked and will remain as is. As to Tigger's quest for the good vantage points. I would suggest the half-marathon point or thereabouts on Narragansett Parkway in Warwick and then later Blackstone Blvd in Providence 21 or 22 miles into the race with still time to get into downtown for the finish. A few words of caution, safety and respect for those running the event. Please use alternate routes and off-course roads to try to get ahead of the runners. Driving on course during the raise complicates everything and endangers drivers and runners alike. Our maps all depict intersecting and parralell routes. Good luck to everyone! See you on the 12th.
gerry beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Friday, November 03, 2000 at 21:50:10 (ET)

To OSM...why has the course been changed over the past years? It all started in Newport then Narragansett and now Warwick....I ran in 95 and love the course layout...I am running this year...Love the Blackstone Blvd. section....Thanks DB
David Brennan
W. Spfld, MA USA - Friday, November 03, 2000 at 18:18:35 (ET)

Gerry et al. Returning once again to the Ocean State marathon. This is my third trip and I have enjoyed every one due in no small measure to the great crew you have. I enjoy reading the posts in this forum. I hate to say this but I miss the 'marathoner'. His comments sure got us riled up last year. The only mystery that was left unsolved after last years event was, who was this individual ..... Looking forward to the 12th ...... Tom
Tom Whelan
MA USA - Friday, November 03, 2000 at 13:00:37 (ET)

Dear Gerry I was thrilled to discover your policy of accepting entries right up to the weekend of the race.. that's the spirit!!
Andrew Condron
USA - Friday, November 03, 2000 at 10:17:06 (ET)

Bill, You go..your 100th, lots of luck, I ran this last year and loved it and qualified for Boston! My first and only probably. These Tigger ears will not be running this year, stress fracture right ft and wearing an immobilizer. Gerry, where is the 'bestest' spot of all to spectate?? kathy leahy aka Tigger
Kathy aka Tigger
wakefield, RI USA - Friday, November 03, 2000 at 07:25:32 (ET)

Completed the Cape Cod Marathon last Sunday, so it looks like this year's OSM will be my 100th. See you all at the finish line.
Bill Romito
springfield, ma USA - Thursday, November 02, 2000 at 10:20:57 (ET)

I'm looking forward to the race. To be honest, I can't wait for it to be over. Getting up early for training runs is killing me!!
Bedford, MA USA - Wednesday, November 01, 2000 at 07:31:00 (ET)

The reason we do not list entrants on the web page is twofold. First, we do not want to have the myriad ways you can enter, on-line, printed entry from web site or formal entry form complicate the process. Because we use these three methods it is difficult to keep an accurate track on all entries every day. As our systems imprrove we should be able to keep a running list of entrants. Race Director
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 19:31:58 (ET)

One thing I would like to see is a list of registered runners. It's nice to see if any of my fellow town residents are running and maybe I can get a ride down with one of 'em. This will be my third marathon this year. I melted in Hartford last month. I don't think it'll hit 80 again this year. Good luck everyone.
The Kipster
Acton, MA USA - Monday, October 30, 2000 at 17:55:49 (ET)

Charlie, I've run the Mohawk-hudson marathon once, and this will be my 7th time at OSM. I thought the Hudson one had too little crowd support running through the woods on a biycle path. The OSM is better mentally. The course info on the web page is excellent. Beware of wind direction on race day. Go get 'em.
Jim >
NH USA - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 20:42:18 (ET)

Can anyone give an overview of what the hills are like, esp post 20 mile? This will be my 9th marathon. Vermont City and Mowhawk Hudson are my favorites so far. Starting to get a little nervous as the race gets closer.
NH USA - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 17:44:00 (ET)

Where is the best place to view the race?
Ted H. Mitchell
Slatersville, RI USA - Saturday, October 28, 2000 at 10:56:55 (ET)

Looking forward to joining you in 2001!
Karen Vesey
Fredericksburg, VA USA - Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 14:38:10 (ET)

Good morning everyone - this will be my second marathon, my first time OSM - I won't get a chance to run any of the course before the race. I understand the hills are around mile 20. How many, how steep? Thanks and see you 11/12 -E
Quincy, MA USA - Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 09:53:17 (ET)

Help! I was to have done my second 20-miler on Sunday, Oct. 22, but caught a bad cold. So I plan to do my second long run this Sunday Oct 29. The book says three long runs and then a two-week taper; but obviously, I've got to choose: squeeze in a final long run on Nov. 5, or skip it and take my chances on Nov. 12? OSM is my 10th marathon, so does experience count for anything?
Richard Cowen
Bloomfield, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 16:25:51 (ET)

Hello all, Just a note to say Good Luck in the upcoming race. Novice marathoner here, just turned *ahem* 4-0 and ran my first 'thon down in DC two days ago, the Marine Corps Marathon, can you say Oprah Did It? I did 4:44 ok 4:43:59! (Lotta sun.) Just wanted to chime in that I'm a Rhody native and the stretch of your race down Narragansett Parkway was my "stomping ground" many moons ago of the Pilgrim Patriots, high-school x-country dynasty in the '70s, including several New England championships! Ahh, Glory Days, but it's a great runnin' road, so enjoy it... Good luck, don't forget to hydrate, & might see you next year! - Stike (DC) <:-)
Washington, DC USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 14:41:42 (ET)

Hello, I was wondering if anyone knows of an inexpensive place to stay in Providence for the OSM. According to the travel agency, the only hotels near the start of the course are kind of pricy. I am not familiar with the area and am trying to do this race on a student's budget. If anyone local to the Providence area has any ideas, please drop me a line. Thanks, and good luck in the race.
Washington, DC USA - Monday, October 23, 2000 at 14:41:42 (ET)

Gerry, Thanks again for putting on a great race. In reference to the slower times. It's all about the wind. This year with a consitent 10-15MPH head wind I was about 7 minutes slower than last year. I very gratefully and humbly got my Boston qualifier by about 50 seconds. Thanks to my long time mentor and hero Leo Tomasetti who yelled at me early in the race to get an extra shirt off. I like the October 8th date. A long weekend is almost a requirement for out of town runners. The average high of about 60 degrees should not be a problem. Most mid-packers should actually benefit from the temps warming as valuable glycogen depletes and leaves you cold and tired. Fast runners should be done before it gets too warm. Also note, if you are training for an early October race, you have been training in temps in the 80's during July and August. Also, your chance of a SW wind like 99 is much greater. A tailwind on this course is a huge difference maker.
Mike Piccirilli
cranston, RI USA - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 18:50:28 (ET)

Gerry: I sent a form indicating that I would volunteer to help on the day of the marathon. Will someone be contacting me? Thanks.
Oakland, RI USA - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 18:30:51 (ET)

Folks, it goes without saying that Rhode Island's annual Ocean State Marathon is TOP RATE!! I had the pleasure of working with Gerry and his fine staff of officials and volunteers. The important thing is, this race continues to innovate with ChampionChip Timing being a prime example! Absolutely nothing is left to chance. Everything is covered to the finest detail! A Great Weekend of enjoyment where the focus is on ALL RUNNERS from world class to recreational. If You need a qualifier for BOSTON... THIS IS IT!! Nick Bottone Jr. Westerly Track & Athletic Club Board of Directors
Nick Bottone Jr.
Westerly, RI USA - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 17:24:03 (ET)

I'm looking forward to Nov. 12. Have just mailed my entry in. I was suprised to see there would be 3 different medal. Given based on position of finish. Is this common? This is only my second marathon. Good Luck to all.
West Warwick, RI USA - Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 17:06:59 (ET)

The entry field for the 2000 OSM ought to be between 2200 and 2500. That would be a record field of competitors. There's still time to enter and join in on the excitement!
gerry beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 22:27:55 (ET)

How many runners do you expect to start this year?
Eastampton, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 22:12:59 (ET)

For all who have registered for OSM 2000. We do not send confirmations of entry. We expect that a canceled check returned to your bank will indicate you have been entered. For those who enter on-line there should be prompt e-mail response, from the provider, of your entry. For those entrants who provided a stamped, self-addressed, envelope as reuested in entry material, we send further race details and therefore acknowledge entry into the marathon. Those letters were sent out in early October and will continue to go out to any entrants sending us the envelope. Hope this answers future questions. Good luck to all! See you on Nov. 12.
gerry beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Monday, October 16, 2000 at 21:28:13 (ET)

I registered for the race online back in July and I have not received any confirmation. Is there a way to check if my registration information was received? I would hate to show up on Saturday the 11th to find out that I'm not registered. I'd appreciate any info. you can provide. Thank you! r
Marilee Gleason
Franklin, MA USA - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 14:28:37 (ET)

SPIKESBOY runs- good luck to all- it doesn't come easy, but when you finish, it makes it all worth while!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Frederic J. Eder SPIKESBOY 2 @ AOL.COM
Merrick- North, NY USA - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 03:18:28 (ET)

I am thinking of running OSM to try and qualify for Boston again. Have been nursing a hamstring injury for last 5 months. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions from exp. 3:10-3:30 runners. It sounds like the best advise is to not go out too fast.
Beth Mayek
Madison, WI USA - Monday, October 09, 2000 at 15:24:55 (ET)

This is one of the best venue site I've seen!
Patrick Warren
West Hartford, CT USA - Thursday, October 05, 2000 at 13:18:47 (ET)

The last of the long run tours of the course will be Oct 15th at 8AM. It will start at the Brooks Pharmacy located at 1201 Warwick Ave. The run will go from mile 11 to 21 and back.
Mike Piccirilli
Cranston, RI USA - Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 19:19:54 (ET)

First time marathoner felt confident up until last long run and bonked hard for the first time...any similar "bonkers" lol. Not sure if it was lack of water or calories...anyway looking forward to marathon.....should i shoot to just finish or try to max at 3:30 or 8 min pace thats pushing it for me....dont want to slow at end...anyway course looks nice east side looks challenging....excited and slightly nervous....bye all see ya in november
Norton, MA USA - Monday, October 02, 2000 at 22:46:24 (ET)

I will be running the 2nd of the informal course training runs this Sunday at 8AM from the CCRI Parking Lot which is the start of the course. I will be going out to the 10 mile mark and back. Willing to tailor for whoever shows ups. m
mike Piccirilli
cranston, RI USA - Wednesday, September 27, 2000 at 21:58:00 (ET)

Two things: 1. To the organizers - I sent my info in a while back and then had to take off for field work. Any way to confirm that my registration was received (I forgot to write down my check number)? I don't mean to spam but this info might be of use to others, as well. Thanks for the help. 2. To Boston-area runners - I'm planning at least two trips to the OSM course to get a lay of the land. Times and dates (on the weekends) are flexible. If anyone is interested in carpooling, I've got space. I figure on covering most of the route over two, maybe three, slow, mellow, cruiser runs. If interested, feel free to send me an email.
Bill Lyons
Cambridge, MA USA - Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at 13:10:58 (ET)

As a seven time finisher of the OSM I want to wish the best of luck to everyone this year especially those runners on the list of the "persistent ones". Sorry guys, I won't be on the starting line this year. See you in 2001.
Tina Wisher
providence, ri USA - Saturday, September 16, 2000 at 17:04:43 (ET)

Four of us from the great north woods will be making your marathon this year. Your website is very well done, it helped us decide on your race instead of Chicago, D.C. or New York. Looking forward to the experience. Three of us already have our Boston times for 200 and we will be pushing the fourth of our group to that goalÂ…
Jerry Sazama
Chippewa Falls, WI USA - Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at 16:07:18 (ET)

Hello All! I have never run a marathon before and have been training for this one in November. Is there anything else special that I should know as a first timer, and is this a good race to run for your first marathon? Thanks, Kelly
USA - Thursday, September 07, 2000 at 14:37:28 (ET)

To all interested in a novice marathoner's observation. Last year I went home to run my first OSM and had a wonderful experience. You have to resist the temptation to run too fast in the beginning miles, great if you do negative splits. It's level and downhill most of the way through Warwick and Cranston, till the East Side of Providence at about 20 miles. By now you're tired and you encounter about 3 miles of hills(nothing too steep, but hills never the less) and it wears on you. It's all a mind thing. The enthusiastic support on Blackstone Blvd helps tremedously. You have to stay the course. Coming down No Main St felt better, but last year was into a headwind. It tickled me to hear the winners say at the awards ceremony how they 'kicked' into high gear for the last 2 miles. I was happy to be putting one foot in front of the other at that point. The last mile to the finish is exhilarating; you gain a new burst of energy knowing you made it. The staff and volunteers treat you WONDERFULLY when you finish. My marathon experience is limited, but I thought Ocean State Marathon was GREAT!!! THANKS STAFFERS!! I'll be back this year to try to improve.
Manny T.
Cypress, Tx USA - Thursday, September 07, 2000 at 09:28:12 (ET)

Paul and all others, As race director of OSM I can certainly be biased in my opinion of the course we have. But as a marathoner I rate it an excellent venue and easily superior to our former course from Narragansett to Warwick. A very accurate written description of the course, authored by Ray Nelson, who measured and certified it, is available under course info. In specific answer to your question, Paul, having run both Pittsburgh and Cape Cod, albeit several years ago for both, I would rate OSM a notch above both for overall runner friendliness. But as I caution everyone, the marathon is 26.2 miles and can be good or bad no matter what the course, if the runner is under-trained or ill-prepared. I would appreciate any comments from those people who have run the Warwick to Providence course and are willing to share their unbiased opinion. Good Luck with your training!
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Tuesday, September 05, 2000 at 18:19:20 (ET)

I have run four marathons including Pittsburgh last spring and Cape Cod last October. How does the Ocean State Marathon and it's course compare to Pittsburgh and especially Cape Cod which I thought was difficult after the half way mark, thanks Paul
Paul B Cunningham IFORM@AOL.COM
Fanwood, NJ USA - Monday, September 04, 2000 at 17:37:06 (ET)

Hello All, Weather data has been added to the schedule page of this site. It will be kept and updated as needed. We hope this service will be utilized to make plans as race day approaches.
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Monday, September 04, 2000 at 12:46:30 (ET)

The info that will be sent to those who send in an envelope is not particular to registration but to race weekend activities and any last minute details. To obtain your number you merely show up either at the health and fitness fair on Saturday 11/11 or on race day at the Community College of RI, the start. If you have entered and did not send an envelope you still can and we will make sure you receive the info.
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Sunday, September 03, 2000 at 17:01:43 (ET)

I forgot to send in a SASE. Will I still receive the information I need to pick up my race packet. Or do I just show up with some identification?
Ed Ayers
USA - Saturday, September 02, 2000 at 19:32:22 (ET)

A business sized envelope is any envelope approx. 9" long by 4" high. The info we send is particular to race weekend activities not listed on either the entry form or on the web page. We will be continually updating the web page with new information. Please check back occasionally.
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Friday, September 01, 2000 at 11:50:57 (ET)

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