First-time event was a big hit (about: 2007)|
G. G. from Atlanta, GA (3/3/07)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 Albany Marathon (formerly the Snickers Marathon Energy Bar Mara
Props to the RD for doing a great job in organizing this event. There were at least 2 volunteers at each intersection, even if it was a road that never has any traffic. All of them were cheering too, which was fun. Water stations were great and well stocked. Considering that there were 250 or so marathoners in this race, there was a large spectator-to-runner ratio. This is definitely a small-town marathon though - but if you didn't know that when you signed up, that's your fault. The course could arguably be "boring" or "dangerous because of where it is run" (I know some people will complain about this on MarathonGuide), but the course was laid out perfectly, and the course was online for 2 months before the race, so you had a full idea of what you were getting into. I would recommend this race if you are looking for a race where you run by yourself, with small crowds, great organization, and a great shot at a PR. I was hesitant to sign up for this only because I wanted a course where I could qualify for Boston and this was a shot in the dark. But it's a fast course, and I qualified (barely), so I am thrilled.
Thanks to all the smiling volunteers, the town of Albany, and the RD for a job well done.