DEAL OR NO DEAL?! (about: 2006)|
k. m. from Central Valley California (5/8/06)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Marathon de Mayo
"NO DEAL" is the best that can be said for this sub-par marathon. The organization at best missed all of the extremely important points like double checking the course to be sure every water station was staffed. There was no staffing between about 9 miles and 14 miles. They promised gels on the course - none. They promised ice on the course - none and it was a hot, high altitude, sunny day - thank you for the 2nd degree burns without relief.
As for amenities missed.... They promised 5-mile interval timing - there was not even a clock at the finish line. Mile markers were way off or non-existent. And, if the printed map is correct, we ran about .9 miles too far on race day - or more or less (one cannot be sure, as the overall race was so sloppy). Based on my time it was about a mile long. They ran short of medals - "because they were broken." They started 30 minutes late. And a fast course - checkout the winner's finish time... another indication of either the difficuly of the course, or length or both!
This was my 15th marathon in the past 12 months - there have been some wonderful small marathons but this was not one. If you want a Reno race go to the Silver State in August - it is less expensive and fun. If you want a May race - go to Vancouver or Avenue of the Giants for two early May races that appreciate runners and the effort it takes to get to a race. As the saying goes, "Deal or no deal" - this is a NO DEAL.