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Course: I ran the 10K, and the course was beautiful. There are only two real sections of hill, and they are right after the 3 mile mark.

Charity: None

Size: There were 800+ people in the 5K, 700+ people in the 10K and over 500 people in the Half Marathon. Not bad for an inaugural event! It never felt too crowded or chaotic. The large, shaded campus was a great choice for the start and finish.

Awards: Everyone got a medal, which was cute!

Snacks: Yasso frozen yogurt pops, juices, fruit, chips, water

Swag: Short-sleeved t-shirt

This was the first Runner’s World Classic event in North Andover, and it was very well organized. It was put together by the same guy responsible for Andover’s Feaster Five race, and it showed. From the easy race bib pickup to the ample water and gatorade stops and ice water sponges at the finish, the event was clearly the result of a lot of good planning and consideration for the needs of the runners.My only complaint is that in my delirium after finishing I didn’t grab food, only water, and when I turned back to go get some I was barred from going back to the area by some dude and I don’t really understand why (I was clearly a runner with a number who was still panting from the race!) Anyway. If the race happens again next year, I’ll definitely be back.

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