Great race organized by runners - Track Town USA (about: 2007)|
Matthew Barnes from Fort Ashby, WV (4/29/07)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Eugene Marathon
This was the first year revival of this race and while I did not search out deficiencies, none were really blatantly put in my face.
Expo: Neil (I believe his name was) organized a small, albeit quality, expo that was very enjoyable. Number pickup was smooth and easy. Hopefully this will grow in future years.
Starting line: Limited parking, but the bus system was lined up to bring people down to Hayward Field. I stayed in a hotel 1 mile away, so I walked down. Plenty of "facilities" but it did seem to stack up soon after I used them. Baggage check - a little disorganized; this was the one only thing that I found to be a negative. I think having bibs with baggage tags to put on the bags, and slightly larger bags, enough for a pair of shoes and sweats, would be a huge plus.
Course. A little crowded at the start, but I didn't see many problems. Roads were a little rough in the beginning, but once we got to the trails it was wonderful. Beautiful weather also smiled down on us for today. Water stops were sufficient. Maybe add 2 Gu/gel stops for future years. I personally would have liked a few miles on the wood chips through the trails.
Crowd support: In the 9 marathons I've done, only surpassed by Boston. About equal to Richmond for you East Coasters. Very few spots without anyone around. Just an awesome community in the Eugene/Springfield areas. Thank you.
Finishing: Medals were about average, but I'm holding this one a little more prestige. Finishing inside the stadium would have been great, but it was easy to find family/friends at the end. Plenty of fluids, etc.
I'm sure there will be some minor tweaking here and there, but I felt this was a grade A act, and all the more so with it being the first year. Great job Eugene.