Excellent small marathon (about: 2002)|
A Runner from San Antonio, TX (11/5/02)
This was my 22nd, and one of the most memorable.
Good organization. Very convenient for out-of-staters. No need for a rental car, and packet pickup is available late (8:00 PM) Saturday night and early on race day. Late checkout too, so you could do this one fairly cheaply. Boise is a nice, friendly city, so you might want to stay an extra night or two anyway, but then you might need a rental car after all.
Due to lack of volunteers, they changed the course from a single loop to two 1/2 M loops. All the aid stations were well-staffed, friendly and generous. Plenty of gu available.
Very scenic course, well-marked, adequate traffic control. Weather was a bit cold for me (mid 20's to start, mid-30's at finish), but that's part of the challenge. Nice downhill finish into downtown starting at mile 24.
I don't go to pre- and post-race parties, so I can't tell you about that. The medal is very solid and nice; shirt is OK too.
Minor negatives: (1) first two miles are direct east into the blinding sun, so make sure you wear shades or a cap with a visor. (2) Only split time is at the halfway point, so if you care about stuff like that, wear a watch!
If you like small (less than 400 marathoners), laid-back races, give this one a try!