Great course, beautiful scenery, super volunteers (about: 2002)|
A Runner from Beaverton, Oregon (7/2/02)
This is the second year which I have run/walked the 1/2 marathon. We own a vacation home in Sunriver so naturally we already love the area and are very familiar with the paths. The few suggestions I have apply to both years I have participated. I have walked the Portland marathon the last two years and it's very helpful to provide the serious runners with an opportunity to line up in front of the walkers. I notice at the beginning of the race, the runners have to weave their way around the walkers and when every second counts for them, this is significant. Having some signs with estimated finish times at which to place oneself at the starting line would be helpful. The PA system at the start is very poor. Unless you are standing directly in front of the announcer, one cannot hear a word he is saying. One final note is my disappointment that for the second year in a row, I have not been able to get a size small T-shirt even though that is what I indicate on my registration. This may seem a trivial matter but after one participates in such an event, it is a pleasure to wear and display the T-shirt but the larger size is too big and I am not able to wear it. I would like to thank all the volunteers who did such a wonderful job putting on this event. I walked the paths on Sunday morning and the grounds were all cleaned up and back to normal.