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Thanks to all for a great time! This was my first trip to Rhode Island and we really enjoyed it. The race was very well organized, only problem was of course the lack of All Sport. More crowds always makes it better, but that comes with time and numbers. To Trish who ran with me at the beginning, thanks for the company, hope you had a great time!! I think I spotted your kids and thier flags! It was a great crowd to run with, hope to come back someday!!
hope, nj USA - Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 12:04:38 (ET)

Congradulations to all. It really was a perfect day for running. To the two young ladies that ran by me laughing and joking as we went under the bridge before River Dr. Next year, I want to train with you. Where did you get the energy from??!!! You looked as though you were in mile #2. Gerryvvvvvvit was a great race-BUT-a little more publicity before the race might be helpful. The Prov. Journal had one article on the event on the Thurs. before. It was in the sports section, which eliminates 50% of the readers immediately. And,unless you are interested in running,most people paid it no attention. I certainly do not expect the OSM to take on the excitement of Boston, but it was a little disheartening, and embarrassing to hear the people stuck in traffic complaining about the race. At one point on Allens Ave, a policeman was stopping a car that was persistent in breaking through the pack. He asked the driver if he was trying to hit the runners. This jerks response was "Hell Yeah!!" Real nice,huh?? I encountered a similar situation on Gano St. I thought the policewoman stationed there was going to have to kill another clown as he attempted to break through. She was screaming at him to stop. Needless to say I thanked her quite vigorously. Now let me comment on the lack of support from the residents of Blackstone Blvd. These people must have all been on vacation. I can't believe that they didn't realize that something exciting was going on. Don't get me wrong, I had a good day. Set a PR. And feel that it was a very well organized race.(AllSport was a problem) However it would be nice to get a little more support from the folks that live in this state. Does anyone else out there encounter the same number of people that I do, that think the OSM is not 26.2 miles?? When you mention to people that you are running the OSM, do 9 out of 10 respond by saying,"Oh really, and how far is that??" I apologize for my ranting. Again, CONGRADULATIONS to all,and thanks very much to the volunteers, especially those in traffic control.
Paul Killoran
N.Prov., RI USA - Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 09:31:13 (ET)

Thank you very much to all race volunteers and organizers. Very well organized race. I found Providence to be a very enjoyable place to visit and hope to make it back some day. This was my 3rd marathon. I really appreciated the indoor ammenities at start and finish, I found the weather not too inviting, although it could have been alot worse(most of mid-Vermont is snow covered right now) if the race was even a few hours later. I found the race course very challenging. Since most of my training runs are on hills, I am not sure the flat course helped me too much. I think I let it make me cocky and I went out too fast(my second half was 11 minutes slower than the first). I did PR, but I wanted to PR by more(I think my ego was outgrowing my body, I needed this humbler). Oh well. 26 miles is long way to travel by foot no matter how you look at it, and a great accomplishment. Special congratulations to all finishers & starters who gave it their all. Also congratulations to all first timers. A few comments: 1.) The Providence Journal coverage seemed scant, I was also suprised to see the comment "windless day" ?!?? I remember entertaining myself on miles 16-19 by racing those little plastic cups blowing in the "windless air", I lost. I also had a very tough time with the head wind on N.Main on miles 24-25. Fortuneately, this wind was mostly either tail or cross for the rest of the race. Any thoughts on the newspaper coverage? 2.) I think it is important to walk for a while after a rigorous run like a marathon, so my take is that it is good we had to walk a couple of blocks to get to the post race. 3.) Is there a story behind what is wrong with the chicken's left hand on the logo for OSM 99 ? Why is it bandaged ? Again, fantastic marathon experience. I hope everyone had a great time and is richer for the experience.
John B.>
S.Burlington, VT USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 19:39:43 (ET)

Mike, thanks for letting me in on the Turtles. I am indeed from out of state but will keep you in mind should I ever move to RI (a state I adore, by the way)! And it didn't really ruin my day: I still made Boston. See you there?
lonely runner
USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 17:55:20 (ET)

This is a question for anyone and all that can provide me and maybe others with the answer..How do i get my number for Boston? I actually qualified 3:53:12, a big PR for me and much faster than my last in Rock N Roll in San Diego 4:28 and my first OSM 98 4:02:45, so I am excited but know nothing about how to get numbers etc for Boston,Help.
kathy leahy>
wakefield, ri USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 17:10:38 (ET)

Top 5!! 1. Catered Corn chowder at end 2. Spirit and support of the spectators, volunteers, even the cops! 3. Mild 5MPH tailwind along most of miles 5-15. 4. Scenery along outskirts of Providence miles 15-18 5. Attitude of runners, great locals and first-timers. Bottom 5 1. Cold 15MPH headwind in miles 19-23 2. Lack of All-Sport in the all-important intermediate stops. 3. Gathering being more than a block from the finish. How about simul-cast etc.! 4. Some hairpin along the course where the runners could at least see the elite ones once. 5. More goodies at the end. Some vaseline at the mile markers. My pace 10:13, was held up for a minute at end by traffic being let through in mile 22?
Maplewood, NJ USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 15:50:02 (ET)

To the lonely runner...I take it you might be from out of state or not up on the local club running scene. "turtles" are the Tuesday Night Turtles. Warwick is our home base and we had a lot of runners out there. We all wear our singlets and chances are there was always one around you. You are welcome to run with us any time and even be a Turtle When I joined the Turtles, I was running 3:50 - 4:00 for the marathon, in a short time, being around great runners like Glen Guillmette, I improved my workouts, and now regularly qualify for Boston. Visit us at and stop by for a workout if your ever in the area. Sorry this ruined your day. Mike Piccirilli TNT
mike piccirilli>
cranston, RI USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 12:46:02 (ET)

Very well run race and had a blast in my first marathon. I loved the course. I agree with others about the lack of All Sport at the stations. I ran a 10 minute pace for most of the race and only 4 of the stations had All Sport. Overall a very well organized race though and the weather was near perfect. I want to thank Jack for running with me most of the way. It sure made it easier. Ken
Kenneth Fargnoli>
Colchester, Ct USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 12:08:58 (ET)

What a great first marathon!!!!!!!!!!! I had so much fun. Congratulations Kathleen! Frank you ROCKED the house! CONGRATULATIONS! It was great to be able to run with you for such a huge portion of the race. Ready for marathon #2 ????? :)
Providence, RI USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 11:53:37 (ET)

Hi Gerry: Thanks for getting back to me on all the questions I had before the race. I loved the course and all your support. I got my number for the Boston Marathon and I owe it to Ocean State and all the supporters who did a super job on traffic control and at the water stations. This was a great course and I look forward to running it again. Thanks again for all your support. John
John Guerin>
Weston, MA USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 11:53:15 (ET)

A great, well organized race but a few comments...Wish there had been more spectators and more music along the route! Especially during the last 10 miles through Providence. It was weird to only have a few people who happened to be on their way to church stop and watch in amazement for a few minutes, without even cheering! And I don't know who the turtles are but it sure didn't help when I hit the wall, dropped from a 7:15 to 8:30 minute pace and heard spectators yelling "Go turtles!" Actually, it really hurt me more, I felt so slow. And I agree that the food should have been much closer to the finish line, as nice as the indoor location was. Thanks to my fellow runners who kept me going.
lonely runner
USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 11:01:24 (ET)

To Katherine from Delmar: I, too, was trying to qualify for Boston and didn't make it - I missed by six minutes. But we both should be proud regardless. Don't let what you wanted (but didn't get), take away from what you accomplished. Completing a marathon is an awesome feat, enjoy it! Great race, great course, great fun…
Newton, MA USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 10:45:39 (ET)

Thanks Gerry for a great race. I cut 15 minutes of my previous PR.. The traffic control was superb. A few comments: was there food at the finish (did not see any, and I think calories are important at this point!)? Also I think additional water stops would be helpful. To the 2 WOMEN RUNNER WHO SANG AT "MILE 23" ROCK ON!! YOU RAN LIKE PROS!!
Bruce Hill>
Jackson, NH USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 10:30:59 (ET)

Gerry, Ray and all the organizer deserve a round of applause. The OSM was a great success. Great job on the course, it was flat and fast. I fear that too many may have gone out a little too fast and felt tired during the rather challenging last 1/3, but experience on the course is the best teacher. I offer the following as my observations and not as criticism: 1) the starter should be positioned in front of the starting line; 2)the water handlers should be required to wear rubber gloves; 3) more split timers at the mile markers would be nice; 4) it seems to me that separate water stations should be available for the lead pack (men and women); and 5) I know the Convention Center does not look far from the finish, but it is with sore legs. Once I struggled over there, I enjoyed a massage and the food, but missed the excitement of the finishing line and the crowds. I found myself torn between wanting to go back to the finish line and not physically being able to. Please take these comments as suggestions and not criticisms, I loved the race and want to run again.
Scott Tierney
Warwick, ri USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 10:21:55 (ET)

To Mike from Norwood, MA who I ran with from mile 13 to mile 20: I don't know if you'll ever read this, but YOU ROCK MY WORLD, man!! I never would have made it so strong without you there running with me. Congratulations on your 10th marathon- you are awesome. Now I guess I should start working on number 2... Take care and keep running strong. -Anne
Cambridge, MA USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 10:09:15 (ET)

Thanks to all the people who put this on... and especially all the volenteers... your sooo awsome... i had a memerable experience completing my first marathon… and i want to send a special congrats and thanks out to JOANN, JOSE,and JENN... your awsome good finish girl!!! hey!!!! we are marathoners!!!!!!keep in touch so we can do it again… bless ya all and see ya next year... wooooohooooo... frank :^) hurtin but smiling…
frank brown>
west warwick, ri USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 08:37:54 (ET)

Gerry, many thanks again for all your hard work, and that of all your team. The race was terrific, and the volunteers and other runners helped me mightily through my first marathon. In the spirit of constructive suggestion though, I must mention one glitch that was substantive enough that, if not fixed next year, would keep me and others from running this event again. The All Sport drink we expected at each water station had run out, for those of us in the rear of the pack, at all but two of the many water stations on the course. Even us duffers take carbohydrate and electrolyte replacement seriously, and water simply doesn't cut it as fuel. We really do appreciate the support the sponsors give us by supplying their product, but next year, please, we need much more of it. Thanks.
Jeff Lynn>
Hyde Park, NY USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 07:46:45 (ET)

This was my 20th Marathon and one of my favorates. Thanks to my friends and all the other runners who together have reached THE goal. The race was great. Do think however that the age group and overall awards should NOT overlap. It's a big race and one award per person seems fair. Thanks again to all and expecially you BOB.
Kathy Barry>
Ridgefield, CT USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 07:17:49 (ET)

Whew! I had a great first half and then hit the wall around 18 or twenty. Had to walk part of the way in the last miles. My legs were killing me. Maybe I did the first part too fast I wanted to do an 8:30 pace but clicked along for almost half the race at 8:OO. Is this why I died? It was my second marathon, I'm 49. I ran 4:07:33...disappointed. However, it was faster than my first marathon..Marine Corps. 3 years ago, 4:25. Congratulations to all competitors. You were all great and so nice to me when you saw I was struggling. Thanks for a great race to all organizers and volunteers.
Delmar, NY USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 20:00:51 (ET)

Congratulations Marie and Nancy! I just read the results, hope you had a great time!
USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 19:29:17 (ET)

Awesome. Everyone involved in this event deserves a tremendous amount of credit. The organization was perfect. It helped to have great weather and enthusiastic crowds, particularly the last couple of miles after fighting through the wind. Finished my first marathon (so now I can be called a marathoner) - we will all sleep well tonight. Peace, Ross
Ross G>
Westbrough, MA USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 19:15:50 (ET)

Three Cheers for Po Yee! You did it! And a 4:42 at that. I know those last 7.2 must've hurt. I'm glad to have met you and was so psyched to see you in the finishing times. Congratulations!
MA USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 18:06:25 (ET)

Great race. The new course is very good compared to last year. To Gerry and all, Thanks for your support!!!
Gregg Weber>
Groton, CT USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 17:20:47 (ET)

kathy leahy>
wakefield, ri USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 16:25:49 (ET)

3 into the wind but downhill. It was a lot' of fun and the support was great. Being a Turtle, going through Warwick, practically everyone would yell "GO TURTLES" Congratulations to Gerry and Ray for putting on the a tremedously well organized and enjoyable event. Mike Piccirilli TNT
mike piccirilli>
cranston, RI USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 15:12:50 (ET)

Really anxious to read the results but will be patient
Doris Beatty>
Falmouth, MA USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 15:01:39 (ET)

Nice site, but are your results for the Marathon being posted anywhere? Anybody know? Thanks.
Tim Pehl>
Saratoga Springs, ny USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 14:22:59 (ET)

Good luck to all! I will be at Spring Green Rd on Narragansett Pkwy and hope to see Turtles,Warwick residents and Rhode Islanders in the front pack around 10:00- 10:15am!!!
John Silberman>
warwick, ri USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 07:56:38 (ET)

" God gives every bird its food, but he doesnt throw it into the nest" same with our our dreams....... so lets go get them............. best of luck to all especially fellow ist timers.....
frank brown>
ww, ri USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 07:02:21 (ET)

There are only a few hours to go and I'm quite nervous with anticipation. I am a first time marathoner and there seems to be many others that are running for the first time as well. Good luck to all. Thanks, Dennis for all those hours of training. We will make it to the finish.
Oakland, RI USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 05:38:47 (ET)

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