Great marathon (about: 2003)|
R. B. from Ohio (8/23/03)
This was a cool marathon to run. Perfect weather, entirely run on asphalt bike trails in scenic surroundings, and my first trip to Alaska. Only problem was lack of good fluid support in the last half of the marathon - tables with few volunteers who were too slow in handing over the water and small 'dentist' like cups to drink out of that took in only one gulp before empty. One table at mile 16 had empty cups and a jug a water with no people at the station - I had to pass it up. Fortunately my wife had earlier passed a water belt to me that I used to hydrate myself. The pasta feed was the best pasta I have ever eaten at a marathon - there were four or more varieties and all very tasty! Hardly any fans along the course, but for me the scenic route and
clean air was better than having good crowd support. The best fans were at about mile 2 - four young women dressed in crazy outfits that made you laugh. They should have them placed at mile 22 where you could really use the support. All in all, a great marathon, small size, great food, beautiful country, and no major hills, save a short (.1 mile) stretch around mile 22. If water support were adequate, I'd have no reservations.