A very good small marathon (General Comments)|
A Runner from Charlotte, N.C. (10/9/01)
I ran the 2001 edition (my 10th marathon overall) and was impressed with all aspects of this relatively small marathon. The course was scenic, starting and finishing along what this former Boston resident couldn't help but think of as Portland's 'back bay' and continuing mostly along pretty country or near-country roads with nice foliage views. It's rolling, with a few hills here and there but nothing too severe, and given the ideal weather was probably a great place to go for a PR (not that I'm still in that business).
There were plenty of water/Gatorade stops, packet pickup was easy, they used a chip system I'd never seen, which straps to your ankle instead of lacing through your shoe (much easier on and off) and the T-shirt is great (heavy, long-sleeved, w/ a mock turtle neck, so it's a little different from all the others I've picked up along the way).
I was most pleasantly surprised by the number of spectators and their enthusiasm. Even when compared to bigger races I've run (Cincinnati, Richmond, Hartford), I think the crowds were larger in Maine.
Great job to the folks in Portland!