Wonderful Job For This New Marathon (about: 2004)|
Jeff Wang from Humble, Texas (3/28/04)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 Big-D Texas Marathon
Just completed the Big-D Texas Marathon in Dallas today. Had a good time.
I must applaud the organizer for pulling this off so well. This is a well run marathon, from registration to packet pickup to pre-marathon get-together to the marathon itselt and finally to the post-marathon celebration. The website has all of the information I needed to get around Dallas, even though I don't go there much. It would be nice if they can suggest a few more hotels/motels, but that's easy to add.
The T-shirt is wonderful, as well as the BIG finisher metal. They even do this 'Top 100 Finisher' special metal, which is really fun to brag at my friends. The police officers were very helpful, so that, even though a majority of the course involved street racing, I felt very safe from traffic.
The course is a bit challenging, more hills than I expected. With every street marathon, there are plenty of potholes and bumps, but it's no worse than any other marathons I've run. It is a nice scenic course, with lots of lake view and neighborhood, including some that appears to be in the million-dollar neighborhood. The crowd is very small, evidently there was not much advertisement in Dallas area as many drivers asked what this race was.
I have a few small complaints that hopefully will make this marathon better in the future. There are a lot of water stations, but a few of them can be spaced out more evenly. The Powerade is a bit watered down, and no one was handing out Gu. The streets weren't marked clearly at times so we were not sure which sides of street to run on.
A finisher T-shirt for marathon finishers would have been even nicer. Also, I find it very disappointing that there are no souvenirs to buy, as I always had made it a tradition of purchasing a sweatshirt and marathon pin for the marathons I've run. I hope that we get a marathon result book. Also, not enough photographers and not enough port-a-potties.
Lastly, my complaint is the starting time. We were very fortunate that the weather was overcast and a bit misty. As a result, the temperature never got too hot today and was in fact near ideal for marathon. I live in Texas and know how hot we can get down here. It would be nice if the starting time is 6:30 AM for a March marathon in Texas, so people can finish earlier and are at lower risk of prolonged heat exposure. However, all of these are minor problems that will no doubt improve next year. These should not distract anyone from wanting to run this otherwise well organized marathon.
In short, I think this is a very good marathon and will recommend it to all those considering a marathon in Texas. Good job to everyone involved in making this happen! I will definitely consider running this marathon again!