Small Marathon, Big Effort (about: 2003)|
B. D. from Central Iowa (5/18/03)
This has got to be one of the smallest marathons in the country. Everything about it is low budget, but there is something very charming about the event nonetheless.
They used left over bibs from other local races, the tropheys were purchased at a garage sale and had a guy holding a pool cue and the medals were left overs from other events too. In fact, very few people received the same medal. Your 'chip time' consisted of your time written on a poker chip.
The event is decidedly cheap, they poke a lot of fun at other events and everyone had a good time. They choose to have no sponsors and I thought it was kind of fun.
The first two water stations were nonexistant. I got a little nervous, but the rest of the stations were there and they were well equipped with water, sports drink, lubricants, fruit and a few other things.
Very small crowd, but they tried to be supportive. With an out&back course, other participants were the best cheer leaders.
I will be there next year, this event is a refreshing change-up from your typical marathon.