Not bad for their first race (about: 2007)|
M. M. from Rock Hill, SC (3/5/07)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 Alpharetta Marathon
First, the good points: traffic control was superb, and the course was extremely challenging (all hills, all the time). Aid stations were well-spaced and well-supplied. Volunteers were numerous, helpful, and friendly. But then there were the things that could use improvement: the marathon advertisements promised GU at all aid stations, and there was none. Luckily I brought some just in case, but imagine the people who were counting on it - that could be disastrous to your marathon! Also, although I paid $75 to run this race, when I picked up my packet, they were out of my T-shirt size. I got stuck with a huge shirt. Why even request T-shirt size on the registration form if you're not going to use the information to buy enough of the correct sizes? The worst part was the "post-race party." It was 35 degrees with 15 mph winds - and the awards/party were outside. That's the last place you want to be after running 26 miles of hills in the cold wind. Marathoners need shelter at the end - or at least a Mylar blanket to block the wind (didn't provide that either). Next time, they need an indoor back-up location. Overall, they did a good job for their first shot at this.