Overall experience (about: 2005)|
M. H. from Fairport, NY (9/22/05)
First off I want to say this was a great event. I have been a runner/triathlete in the area since the early 90's. It's great to see that Rochester has finally put itself on the map for marathons.
After 30 years of running I decided to run my first marathon here in Rochester. Again, I can't say enough about how great the course, the people, the organizers, etc. were.
However, I do have 2 things that I think need to be added. The first and most important, more aid stations. I was amazed at how few there were towards the end of the race. Around mile 21 it seemed they were further and further away. I have spoken with a number of other runners and they felt the same way. Having competed in many tris including 5 1/2 ironmans, the aid stations become closer at the end of the race. I know that at mile 20, the slower folks didn't even get any water. So please think about adding more aid stations toward the end. The second change would be, more of a festive feeling again esp. towards the end of the race. If you have ever experience the Boilermaker you know what I'm talking about. People lining the street from start to finish, music everywhere, from local bands to radio stations. When I came back into the city I honestly thought I made a wrong turn, I felt like I was running through a ghost town. Even by the stadium there wasn't a whole lot of support. Again that's when you need a lot of commotion happening.
Overall it was truly a wonderful race, a great first marathon for me, I qualified to go to Boston which was my goal. I'm hoping to compete in the Rochester marathon again next year, so keep up the great work, and think about the couple of suggestions.
Congratualtions to all of you, and thank you very much....