Overall one of the best small marathons around (about: 2005)|
J. B. from Baytown,Tx. (2/17/05)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 Surfside Beach Marathon
Great organization, check in was smooth and easy, nice long-sleeve cotton shirt in packet. Loved the parking, right on the beach at the start/finish line. The day started with a beautiful sunrise over the water, and a cool temperature at the start. Great photo session of each group; couples, men, and women. The course is absolutly flat except for a small foot bridge over the dunes, hard-packed sand for all but 2 miles, which was on an asphalt road near the turnaround point. Mile markers counted back from 26 at the start. Slight headwind on the way out, weak tailwind on the return, but it helped keep the temperature cool. Water stations were well manned and had water and Gatorade at each; some stops had oranges and bananas. Felt there could have been a few more water stations but other than that I have nothing but praise for this event.
The best medal I've received to date; big, beautiful and heavy. Excellent post party food, BBQ and all the fixings, plenty of fruit cookies and yogurt. Unique handmade awards for winners and age groupers. Very few spectators but great opportunity for your friends or family to cheer you on just about anywhere on the course as you can drive on the beach. Look forward to doing this marathon again.