A great local race (about: 2003)|
S. P. from North Carolina (4/20/03)
I just completed the half-marathon. The course is scenic with great views of farmland, and the soft packed surface (i.e., dirt roads) are a 'treat for the feet.' There are a lot of hills, and a few steep ones, especially one at the end. They wear you out! Given that Charlottesville is a beautiful historic town, it's a shame the course doesn't run through some of the historic areas like Monticello and UVA. (The Charlottesvile Ten-Miler does run through some of those areas however.) The volunteers were helpful and enthusiastic, but no spectators on the course. The main complaint is the way parking was handled. We had to park in an open field 1/2 mile away from the starting line- not ordinarily a problem except it had rained the day before and the field was very muddy. This caused an hour delay to the start, and of course made for a big mess at the end trying to get out. A suggestion here would be to consider some type of shuttle service to and from the start/finish line. But the race director deserves a lot of praise for being very hospitable, keeping us regularly informed during the start delay, and overall good organization. He can't be faulted for weather. For an inaugural run, I think this race will improve greatly next year based on how things were managed this time.