Difficult course, little medical help, great fans (General Comments)|
A Runner from Alexandria, VA (10/20/01)
The hills on this course have been grossly underestimated. Extremely hilly and difficult, all the way to the difficult hill at mile 21 that seems to never end. The strangest part of this marathon is that virtually no food is offered on the course. Sugar wafers are offered before the 7 mile marker, but no bagels, bananas, or cookies are offered elsewhere. Gu is offered at mile 18, but with a course this difficult, mile 18 is much too late for replenishment, and Gu is really more of a liquid replenishment when taken with water. Some sort of food, especially bananas would be of help. I saw many good runners overcome by heat and electrolyte loss. This is a very difficult race and the hills should be taken very seriously. It was difficult to find medical personnel to help with runners overcome by the conditions, and the route is not very scenic. The spectators, however, are full of spirit and very involved in the event.