This was a beautiful and inspirational course. (about: 2006)|
Ron Nance from Soddy Daisy, TN (10/29/06)
1 previous marathon
| 1 Ridge to Bridge Marathon
These comments are effusive, but also genuine. This was my first marathon, and I had a wonderful experience. The BMRC coordinators and runners were extremely hospitable and went out of their way to make sure everyone enjoyed this race. Prior to the race, David Lee kept me updated with informative emails. Upon arriving in Morganton, I was met by David and others at the host hotel and treated with genuine hospitality. Every pre-, during, and post-race detail was taken care of, so it was easy to relax and focus on the race. On the bus ride to the start, several local runners made me feel right at home. I've never been to a race where I felt that everyone was pulling for each other to the degree that I felt it at this event. Every runner, regardless of finishing time, was cheered through the finish and met with a medallion and blanket. The first half of the course was extremely fast, and I easily ran a half marathon PR. The second half provided some challenges with one serious climb and a considerable amount of grade change. Running through the North Carolina mountains in the fall has given me some beautiful memories that I shall cherish dearly, and I am definitely running this race next year.