Waste of time (about: 2004)|
J. B. from Yulee, FL (11/14/04)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Palm Beaches Marathon Festival
The inaugural Marathon of the Palm Beaches was a huge waste of time. Where should I start? For the most part the people of the Palm Beaches area are snooty, or shall I say snotty. When it started to rain the people who were manning the massage tent kicked everyone out into the rain. It only rains hard for a few minutes, is that really necessary? The half marathoners were not even near the finish, but that was the excuse they gave. Needless to say, my wife had to take a trip back to our room to change.
And why does a marathon that goes by this name not even go through Palm Beach? Are they too good to have marathoners run through their community? I'm sure that a much better course could have been devised as West Palm Beach is an absolute disaster with all the road construction going on. I'm lucky that I didn't injure myself on the course.
The services were nil at the finish line. Nothing except a bottle of 'Trump Ice' water. You really have to see it to believe it. At least Trump's toupee looks nice on the bottle. Come on, even with a major sponser like GM they couldn't splurge on some cookies? And if there were services they were all gone by the time I finished (3:29:30). The marathon t-shirt I recived is now the most repulsive piece of clothing that I own. I'm not even sure that Goodwill will take it.
If anyone is considering this marathon next year for some unknown reason, make it a point not to stay at the Hibiscus House Downtown Bed and Breakfast. This place was on the marathon 'housing bureau's' places to stay list. Big mistake. I got about three hours of sleep previous to the marathon. I do believe that I actually feared for my life, and paid nearly $160 to do it. I was actually surprised that I did not hear gunshots that night. There was a crowd of at least 100 people on the corner outside my window screaming at each other the entire night with the infusion of a car with bass so loud that it caused a concussion in our room every 15-20 seconds until at the earliest 2:30a.m.
I would like to thank the nice couple in Riveria Beach that gave out popsicles and bananas. I would also like to thank the local Hash House Harriers for the tasty beverage that they provided. ON-ON!
In summary, don't waste your time or money... And to the organizers, thanks for wasting my time and money. This was the worst running event that I have ever participated in, and that includes everything down to 5k's.