Some suggestions: IF your race course goes over train tracks, make double and triple sure that no trains are going to run during the race.
You might ask the Quad Cities Marathon director about this; in that case, the race director contacted the railroad director months in advance; but evidently there was a miscommunication.
One of the recent "Marathon and Beyond" issues has an article for potential marathon race directors, I think. There is a contact for that magazine on this website.
A couple of other good features to have at a marathon: a "gear check" and, if possible, access to change/shower facilites (say, at the local "Y").
One final suggestion: you might have pace signs at the starting line up; some marathon runners are new to running (strange, but true) and haven't a clue as to where to line up. *If* you REALLY want to play to the runner's ego, you can have applicants list their times on their application and give the faster runners a "seeded number" so they can start up front. :-) (Not a concern for someone as slow as I am!)
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