Fast, well-organized, early spring marathon (about: 2005)|
Steve Yoder from Washington, D.C. (3/7/05)
3 previous marathons
| 1 Lower Potomac River Marathon
I signed up for the Lower Potomac because it was the closest early spring, late winter marathon to Washington, D.C., and I wanted to run a smaller marathon (I think they were going to cap it at 400, but I don't think they got all 400).
Since it was the inaugural year, I expected some logistical problems. To my great surprise and joy, there were none. The course organizers put on a wonderful event. The volunteers and aid stations were plentiful and wonderful (almost too plentiful, it seemed everyone wanted to set up a water station in their front yard. I got so full of water I felt like a camel). The marathon started on time and the mile signs were easy to read and see from a distance. The volunteers did a good job keeping the runners on course. Spectators were few and far between, but enthusiastic when they were there.
The first half of the course is beautiful. It runs onto St. George Island where the Potomac empties into the Chesapeake Bay. Incredibly pretty, and very flat. The second half is alongside a highway, with some long, gradual hills. Not very pretty. My only wish is that they switch the course next year, so the hills and boredom are out of the way in the first half. The temperature was perfect; it warmed up to 48 and sunny by the late morning. A very easy course and climate to PR in. I did.
After the race, runners, volunteers, and their supporters get a free, hot lunch. Roast beef, salads, rice, pasta, drinks. I've never been so well fed after a marathon.
This was a great small event, one I will run again.