Enjoyed the scenery. (about: 2004)|
J. L. from Portland, Or (9/20/04)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Foot Traffic Flat Marathon
Enjoyed the island scenery and the flat course. This was a very small, first year marathon. Up until now this has been a half marathon venue but they decided to double up the loop to add a full. If it is not too hot, this could easily be a pr course. The one mistake that the race director made was letting the 1/2 marathon walkers out on the course before the marathoners completed the first loop around the island. Most of these walkers, being unaware and uninstructed, proceeded to walk 4-5 abreast, helter skelter, all over the available roadway. 14-18 miles into a marathon is not a good time to take away a runner's race focus. Hopefully the race director will make the necessary corrections for next years race, if so then I would definitely recommend it for a Boston Qualifier or a PR.
Gave organization 2 stars for the walker deal, other then that it was first class.
Less then 100 marathon participants.
Maybe 20-30 spectators, some islanders acted perturbed by the intrusion.
The police officer patroling the course was very rude to the runners while trying to keep them on the correct side of the road. Maybe this was neccessary.
Post race party and goodies were great and the atmophere was pure 4th July.
Next time I will probably stick to the half.