Great Job for Inaugeral Attempt (about: 2003)|
l. r. from columbus, ohio (5/4/03)
Sure, it was hot, humid, and hilly (this is Little Rock, after all). But it was also a welcoming, well organized, enthusiastic event. Runners got a good thumbnail tour of the city, seeing NLR, Central High, and the Governor's Mansion, among other points of interest. Volunteers were uniformly helpful and eager. The Mayor of NLR turned out in a cherry picker to welcome runners to his side of the river, a cornball touch, but it shows how much the city worked to make this event succeed. There were some nice touches, like blue Gatorade instead of that nasty yellow, a big medal, and two shirts. Be warned there were many more relayers than full marathoners, which allowed for more participation, but also meant getting passed a lot at the end by fresh runners.
Two things I'd work on: having clocks and people calling out times at the mile splits (sometimes the splits were located a bit after the times were given), and, if pacers are to be offered, to give them stricter marching orders on even pacing.
Hey, and next year it will be held in March, so only the hills will be a problem!