An up-and-coming marathon (about: 2009)|
M. B. from Missouri (11/9/09)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Fort Worth Marathon
This is just the third year for the Fort Worth Marathon, so you never really know what to expect. I found the race packet pick up to be very convenient. I thought it was strange that the chips and t-shirts were to be distributed race day, but that actually turned out to work well. The race had several more aid stations than indicated on the website, which was a big plus, and they were very well stocked. Many of them even offered bananas and oranges. There were also several porta-potties along the way. The course was good, predominately on concrete, asphalt and/or gravel trails, with some road running. The medals are very nice and they double as a belt buckle, which I thought was a clever idea. We received a nice-looking, long-sleeved cotton t-shirt. The race started and finished at a stadium, so there were plenty of real toilets, easy parking, shelter and seating. The money raised from the event goes to a great cause that promotes fitness.
I think the course needs to be better marked. It was confusing to me because there are obviously several events that utilize much of the same course. As a result, there were arrows of every color and direction. It would be nice if there were visible "Ft. Worth Marathon" signs at EVERY possible junction directing runners to stay on the course. Even better, it would be nice to have volunteers at these spots, making sure that runners were going the right way. I happened to veer off course on two separate occasions, thus finishing this marathon with 30.7 miles instead of 26.2. Other than marking the course better, the only other constructive suggestion I'd make would be to have a more up-to-date, maintained website. I think this would give the race the attention it deserves and better promote the event. All in all, a good race that I fully expect to be top-notch with a few minor improvements.