How bad do you want it? (about: 2002)|
A Runner from Columbus Ohio (2/4/02)
Twenty-six one mile loops in the cold while the sun goes down. That summarizes it. This wasn't an 'event' marathon with a lot of distractions or a big crowd. This was a nose to the grindstone just get it done race. Perhaps a novelty marathon for those who have raced a lot, or for those who really wanted to qualify, a no nonsense way to buckle down, focus on pacing and do it. The course wasn't bad---it was through a park and had some little hills. Because it was a loop, hydrating, layering and keeping track of time were easy. The volunteers were excellent. Running in increasing darkness (the course could be much better lit) was weird. There were a fair number of spectators through the first three and half hours, then they virtually all vanished. This was the first time for the race, so there were some first year organizational bumps. It will be interesting to see how this race develops. It was a good half, a rather painful full. Maybe it will develop a cult following?