Thanks for both of your responses. I should control my disgust at the negative responses from others. It is just so alarming as running makes me happier and better to live with. Can these negative people actually be runners. If so it must not work for them.
Anyway, in answer to Jeff, I believe about 1,100 to 1,200 people ran the Marathon and the winning time was approximately 2 hours and 32 minutes. The weather was rainy so this might have slowed people down a bit, and the announcer said that even elite runners lose 10 to 15 minutes running at a mile high. Jeff, thanks again for your positive comments.
I actually train at the Boulder Reservoir and have run 20 miles of the course that the Boulder Backroads is run on. That course is significantly "hillier" than the MHCM course was. So, since as you know it is not that hilly at the Reservoir, you know that the MHCM was pretty flat. I ran the half marathon at this years Boulder Backroads and wished that I had run the Marathon instead. As you know it was muddy and snowy, but I still had a lot of fun. I had a slow time because of the conditions but I really think they put on a great event. If you live near Boulder can you recommend another good place for a 20 miler in the area?
By the way, I also agree that for my first time it was great to run the inaugural MHCM. I think I will probably run it again next year because I really liked the running through the city and the people encouraging the runners from the sidelines. Also, while I train at the Res I think I like running on hard surface better than the surface of the dirt/gravel roads. What I would like to see is the races being scheduled further apart so maybe I could run both. For now my plans are to run the half at the BB and the Marathon at MHCM. Right now I am planning Austin this coming February for my next Marathon.
Thanks again to both of you for your responses. Good Luck!
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