Kudo's to the Race Director for an Excellent job (about: 2001)|
Eddie Hahn from Fort Lewis, Washington (9/11/01)
From the start to the finish this was generally an excellent marathon for me. A great goody bag (potatoes, power bars, cereal samples, hygeine samples, etc). A great Pasta Party...pasta, salad, iced tea, cookies ($5).
The course is moderately rolling and is very appropriately called run the gap. The course passes through a very scenic canyon. (sidenote: It's an A to B course, participants are bussed 26.2 miles to the start. In fact, they are generally bussed from their host hotel(s) to the start.)
As to climate, fortunately for all concerned this year, just as it began heating up, we were blessed with a pleasant, cooling tail wind (which also did wonders for my time splits between 18 and 23 miles.)
It's a lonely course where spectators are concerned, so one has to be a self-motivator. There were pleanty of first time finishers in this year's race, however, so dont be discouraged. This year's first-timers were inspired by the encouragement of their fellow runners. There was plenty to go around.
There was live music at the end, gummy bears, bagels, gatorade, and an announcer calling out names as we crossed the finish line. In general, the local community was involved.
The only minor improvements I would suggest: (1) power bars or gu (energy replacement supplements) at 20 miles and beyond (I didn't see any). (There was water and gatorade every 2 miles up to 20 miles and each mile thereafter.)
(2) A more efficient system of bussing people back to the hotel after the finish of the marathon. (I was stranded at the finsh line and almost had to extend a night at my hotel.....the start line and hotels are not central, yet there is no parking allowed at the start (!)