Race review: The Mariners’ Pirate Run

A little late on the review, but here’s my take on this Newport News 10K.

When: Oct. 18, 2014
Where: Noland Trail at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va.
Weather: 65 degrees, humidity 67%
Cost: $45
Distance: 10K (6.2 miles)

This was the first race husband and I ever ran together, which was super fun. It was also out of our usual stomping grounds, so that was a nice chance of scenery. The biggest gripe I heard throughout the race from other runners (including my own running buddy) was the man-made steps throughout the trail. They definitely made it difficult to gauge stride and weren’t very fun to land on going down hills.

The course itself was semi-challenging, though, being used to running on mostly flat terrain in our local neighborhoods. It also narrows in some places, making it difficult to pass when there are many in a group. This was especially the case in the beginning just as you enter the trail. This probably only matters if you are super competitive and watching your time like a hawk… we were just mostly having fun.

It’s a great time of year to run, though, and the trail is really pretty. It takes you over a couple of bridges and that’s the time of year where the leaves are just starting to change over a bit.

Free beer and pizza at the end, along with a only slightly annoying band.

I definitely recommend this race for someone who wants to mix up the race circuit with a fun trail, nice views and friendly people. We’ll consider this one again, assuming it falls on another Auburn bye weekend  in the future 🙂


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