Needs work, but has potential (about: 2003)|
T. R. from St. Louis, MO (2/17/04)
Although still young, this marathon could develop into a gem. This race had WAY more entrants than expected, but it still went off relatively smoothly. Start was delayed to allow those stuck in traffic time to arrive, which I thought added a personal touch to it. The start, however, was too narrow and walkers MUST be moved to the back. I think the first mile took me 20 minutes. Once we got onto the road, it was smooth sailing. Loved the flat course, but hated the cobblestone street through downtown St. Charles. Talk about ankle busters! The section on the Katy Trail was smooth, fast and shady, which provided relief on a hot day. The hill at mile 10/23 was wretched, but rumor has it we won't see it in '04. I am not a fan of running two 13.1 mile loops, but hopefully the growing popularity of this race will allow it to expand its course.
Water stations were depleted towards the end (and I didn't even run that slow!), but overall the support/aid staff was superb. Hanging out after the race, soaking my barking dogs in one of the many baby pools (great idea, regardless of hygiene!) you got a true feel for how personal it was. Long after most runners and walkers had finished, the announcer was still calling in every finisher.
At one point, word had funneled back that one woman was having a hard time finishing, and needed everyone's support. The announcer gave us a heads up that she was coming and asked us all to cheer her on. Those of us still there gave it all we could, and to see this complete stranger finish, knowing the pain she was in, reminded me why I love this sadistic sport. Keep up the good work, Fleet Feet. See you again in '04.