Great Inagural Race!!! (about: 2002)|
A Runner from Westminster, CO (10/6/02)
This race was awesome! Marathon #3 for me, and it was probably my most enjoyable. The wind was a bit of a factor today, but you can't ever predict that!
1. Very, very, very well organized. Well run aid stations, lively volunteers who inspired!
2. Nice course - good use of the bike paths. Pretty flat overall. A long sustained uphill when the course points west, but nothing that's got any grade to it or anything... The one suggestion I would make coursewise in the next few years is to close more of the roads off that the race takes place on, as parts of the race were run only on the shoulder of the city streets. Minor detail though.
3. Great finish. The Old Town area turned a small race finish line area into a big experience. Lots of cheering fans, great medal, great food and coupons for after the race.
4. Mile markers were very, very impressive for a race this size. Very visible and obvious.
Overall, Colorado is a tough place for a marathon. Altitude keeps out of staters away, and in-staters tend to go elsewhere. It's a shame, because it will probably keep this race from getting very big ever. At the same time, perhaps this is a good thing! Very well kept secret that WILL get out if this race is run again.