A Great Trail Marathon (about: 2007)|
Jay Avitable from Connecticut, USA (9/23/07)
3 previous marathons
| 1 Flagstaff Marathon
This is not a marathon for roadrunners. It is a beautiful, well organized, EXTREMELY challenging trail marathon. The challenge comes from the altitude (8000+ feet) and the hills. The footing, as far as most trail runs go, is excellent, and it is 100% off-road. The course consists of something you could loosely call a "figure 8" run twice. This makes for plentiful aid stations, and little chance to get lost (course markings were obvious and plentiful). Marathoners must ignore the 10K and 1/2 marathoners all around them or else they will run too fast. Marathoners should also expect to be a little lonely after the 1/2 marathoners finish. I agree it could be a little too tough for a first marathon, but I hope to be back, and I saw at least 1 first-timer have a great race, accomplishing his 4-hour goal.