Bare-Bones Race/Tough Course... Be Prepared (General Comments)|
A Runner from Suburb of Minneapolis, MN USA (8/16/00)
(Run in 99.) The plusses: easy access to start/finish, laid-back atmosphere, forgiving dirt roads (plus a short paved stretch), almost no crowd (appx. 65 finishers, plus a few half- and double-marathoners), decent scenery, clean rest area for pre-/post-race prep, and a chance to add Wyoming to your marathon list. Limitations: foremost, limited aid (4 stations along out-back course/8 total). Carry extra fluid or have support. (Make sure any bike-riding support crew are in shape enough to handle hills and 7,000-8,600 ft altitudes for 4+ hrs.) Course drops over 1,000 feet, then regains it at the turnaround. Most elevation change is in first/last 4 miles and at 12.5-14 miles.) Only distance markers/splits are turnarounds for the half (6.55 mi) and full marathons. Several steel-grate cattle guards to hop/shuffle over. Start is early: 6 a.m. I did not receive my age-group award, which was promised to be sent. Send SASE with entry if you want the results.