A Beautiful but challenging marathon (General Comments)|
A Runner from Carlsbad, California (10/6/00)
This was the most difficult marathon I have run. But the challenging course is far outweighed by the natural beauty of the area. The views are magnificent! Newfound Lake is real gem. My only problem with the course, aside from the hills, is that the entire race is run on the left side of the road which is usually cambered, steeply in many places. My left (downslope) hip really began to hurt at about mile 17. When possible I moved off onto the sandy shoulder or up to the crown of the road, but in many places these choices were not possible and/or not safe.
The volunteers and police officers along the course were great. The townspeople of Bristol, Hebron and other towns in between are obviously very supportive of this event. I gave the spectators five stars, based on quality, not quantity.
I have always enjoyed small town races -- this was my first 'small' marathon with just over 100 runners. I am considering returning in the future to run it again.