A peerless inaugural marathon! (about: 2006)|
F. P. from Sterling, Virginia (3/5/06)
2 previous marathons
| 1 Sarasota Marathon The Grouper Run
I think other runs and marathons could learn from the organization and enthusiasm showed by the people involved in this event. While all sorts of things could have gone wrong due to "first-time" errors, nothing did. The organization was first-class, and even the weather cooperated, clear skies, cool breezes and sun, sun, sun.
Runners of both the marathon and half-marathon were rewarded with beautiful medals, and marathon finishers were also given finisher t-shirts to complement the "official" pre-race shirt.
The police were absolutely fabulous in keeping the course open, and traffic never became an issue for the runners. Water stops roughly every two miles, including Ultima beverage and GU gel (at the 16 and 20 mile-mark), porta-potties and volunteers on bicycle as well as an army of helpers of all kinds. Sarasota turned out in force today, and put its best foot forward.
The second run has already been scheduled for March 3, 2007. I registered in November, and based on my experience today, will be doing so again when registration opens.
I can't strongly enough compliment Lisette Riverson, race organizer, the volunteers and the City of Sarasota for being so welcoming and for putting on a great inaugural marathon!