50K, Marathon & Half - All worthwhile (about: 2007)|
G. S. from Suffern, New York (11/19/07)
50+ previous marathons
| 1 Louisiana Missions Marathon
Justin Reneau and staff will take very good care of your needs this day. The course is a roller coaster, single track, hardwood bottom with many tree trunk bottoms sticking up, and with the sounds of the chimpanzees in the distance from Chimp Haven. The race features a 13.1-miles double loop for marathoners, with additional mileage for the 50K - and the best directions I have ever witnessed during a race.
Well stocked tents with M&M's, peanuts, gummy bears, bananas, and sports drink and water all the way. A water bottle to bring along would be a good idea. For this 64+-year-old, female "50 states marathon club" member and Marathon Maniac, this was a difficult course. Took me 45 minutes longer than usual, as I was very careful over the tree trunks and many switchback trails.
Great high-tech shirt, as well as finisher's hat, and a nice pair of socks. BBQ waiting at the end of the race. Quite an experience for this "city slicker" to attempt a trail run with no experience. If Grannie Annie can do this, so can you!
The Holiday Inn suggested is brand new - about 30 minutes from the race and not on GPS systems. Put in "Fern Ave + E Bert Kouns Industrial Loop" to locate the hotel.