Great potential, but needs a few changes (about: 2005)|
C. K. from Seattle WA (7/11/05)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 SEAFAIR Marathon
The race was well organized, with excellent traffic control and good crowd and aid station support. Cool temperature for most of the morning and lovely wooded neighborhoods along the way. Aid stations were well manned, though I prefer a sweet drink to the Amino Vitale they had (plenty of water, thank goodness). Loved the Red Bull at mile 16.
On the negative side, the loop course starts and finishes uphill. I'm sure they've got some little reason for this, but from the runner's point of view it is annoying, stressful, and just plain dumb. Why not reverse the loop? The course is extremely hilly either way, but at least we'd get a gentler warmup and a faster, ego-boosting finish.
My only other disappointment was that the aid stations did not have a few important items. I would like to see more salty snacks in the last 10 miles (a friend said there were some crackers, but you'd have to stop and go search the table to get them). Also, I needed some vaseline and was counting on the usual 'tray' being held out around mile 20. When I got there, I had to 'ask around' for it, and finally their medical guy said he had some, and began fishing through a fanny pack, at which point I just had to get going and do without. Sponges at mile 20 would have been nice too.
I'm not sure I'd do this marathon again unless they get rid of the ridiculous uphill start and finish, but I did enjoy most of the very hilly course. (Except the mile or so running along the side of the freeway.) It's a very pretty, suburban area and a well organized race.