A pleasent tour of Kansas City (about: 2002)|
A Runner from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (11/3/02)
This race was a pleasent tour of the Kansas City area. Rather early it hit long gradual hills through the city that let you know that this is not a flatlands course. My favorite part of the run was Cliffs Drive, several miles of quiet wooded road at the base of senic cliffs. My least favorite part (besides not being in marathon shape) was the stretch of industrial wasteland between Cliffs Drive and the end of the course.
The race started with the marathoners, 1/2 marathoners, and 5kers mixed together on a narrow street. The result was an uncomfortable jockying for position even before the start of the race. If the organizers are planning to start this way again, I strongly recommend they use chip timing.
As a note, the fans on the course were fairly sparse. Then again, with temperatures 15-20 degrees below normal and occassional sleet, I was surprised to see any spectators at all.
Finally, the normal 'bag of goodies' handed out at package pick-up was virtually empty. However, this was compensated for by a well stocked food, fruit, soup, and stuff tent at the end of the run.
This was my fifth marathon in as many years. Mostly because of the numerous gradual hills, I'd say this is a moderately difficult course. Train well and don't expect a PR. Overall though, I'd say it was an enjoyable run.