THE SUMMER MARATHON TO RUN (General Comments)|
A Runner from Moncton, N.B. Canada (8/21/01)
This race has it all. I've run the marathon-2001, 5 miler-2000 and half-marathon -1996-98(P.B.)-99, and it is hard to find a better organized event anywhere. The Bay of Fundy breeze makes it cooler than in-land during summer (although this year was the exception). Gold-marathon;silver-half; bronze-5 miler medals to all finishers. 1000 runners from 8 provinces, 17 US states, and as far as the UK, Italy & Albania took part this year. Rated BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK IN NORTH AMERICA, 4th top destination in Canada & 8th Best small marathon in North America by 'Ultimate Guide to Marathons- 2000'. Here the volunteers will secure you to a safe course, water/all-sports/sponge station every 2 miles, finishers medal, great T-shirt, pre-pasta supper with live band entertainment, pizza party for whole family afterwards at pool-side of the Canada Games Aquatic centre (Olympic-size pool, slides, kiddie pools), free babysitting at the YMCA,free photo line finish, finishers certificate, championship timing, Boston qualifier, Kids Microthon day before (free), and draw prizes incl. 10 - 100$ gift certificates, 10 New Balance running shoes, 10 Timex Watches at award ceremonies. More draw prizes at pasta supper- Timex watches, Runner's World caps, duffle bags etc...for 38$ CANADA entry fee.
Runner's World did cover the event this year so look for exposé in future issues. They don't call it 'A RUNNING ODYSSEY' for nothing. Now, what other race would send you a Christmas card to send you greetings and hope that you are running well. This is a Marathon with a 'HEART'.