If you like traffic, you'll like this marathon... (General Comments)|
A Runner from Seattle (9/25/00)
For the 23rd annual, you'd think they'd be a little better organized. I arrived at 7:45 to get my number and found that the bathrooms had not been unlocked yet. They had almost no day of race entrants and they still managed to run out of pre-ordered medium size t-shirts. There was one sign on the course warning motorists of an event in progress. I was honked at, whistled at, yelled at, and nearly run over while running on the dirt shoulder of the road most of the time. My running partner had the same problems. I can't believe they didn't put up signs that said 'Runners on road' or 'Event in progress' -- anything to warn the motorists that there were people out there. Skagit county drivers do not believe in slowing down when going past a runner on the road. I saw one police car on the course, and the entirety of the course was on main roads, none of which were closed. The course was flat, and it was pretty, but it was dangerous. There were no spectators except the volunteers, who were wonderful. I don't understand how they could run out of gatorade, though. I will not be returning to this marathon.