Poor organization, terrible wind. (about: 2005)|
C. G. from Kensington, Maryland (4/17/05)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Ocean City, MD Marathon
This Marathon was the worst I have ever run. Even though the course was flat, the wind was brutal. Running on Assateague Island was almost impossible. The wind was so strong that you could hardly move.
Worse, however, was the fact that the organizers had not marked the course properly, letting the runners miss an entire one-mile loop at the beginning of the course. From then on, all mile markers (and they were fairly random) were inaccurate. Then, in effort to correct the problem, the loop was re-added at the end of the race: in sight of the finish line, runners were routed away for another mile or so. Quite demoralizing!
All these problems were heaped on runners who had already suffered from the organizers' idea to distribute race packets without a chip. The chip had to be separately picked up on the race morning, from 5:30 to 7:00 am. As a result, hundreds of runners were lined up in freezing cold and gusting wind for half an hour or more before the race. By the time the race finally started you were numb!
It is true that the race was a fund raiser for neglected children. Even so, you expect something better than a T-shirt with sponsor names. Also, the pasta dinner before the race was $15 dollar for a meal that worth at the most $5. (I only hope that money went to the fund-raising cause and not the restaurant...)
All these negatives are particularly painful because the volunters were the opposite. They worked hard, were very friendly, and really did their best.