Very Good Marathon (about: 2008)|
George Higgs from Memphis, TN (1/7/08)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Running from an Angel Marathon
Pros: 1) 20 miles (or so) from Vegas, which, of course, is a very accessible city with lots of cheap flights; 2) Host hotel was dirt cheap (are you ready for this - $59 for both nights - 2nd night free); 3) Boulder City is charming and quaint, with great restaurants!! The city doesn't allow gambling, but the host hotel, outside city limits, has a casino; 4) Course is very scenic with a continuous view of Lake Mead and some canyons; 5)Course is all paved, with minimal traffic; 6)Great organization with a personal touch; 7) Abundance of aid stations; 8) First time to try Heed? -not bad; 9)Great post-race spread!; 10) There ought to be a saying that the smaller the party, the better you get to know the guests. This was my 20th but smallest marathon - yet I bonded more with other runners.
Cons: 1) Very, very WINDY!!!; 2) Very hilly - I'm used to short hills, but these were long and steep. (Net zero, because out and back.) I'd rather have hills than not; 3) Small medals; 4) Only 1-deep for age group awards; 5) No fans but aid stations seemed to be every 3/4s of a mile; 6) $5 toll for the Lake Mead Park but was glad to help the park and for the reduced traffic;7) Did I mention it was WINDY?!?! And that was not necessarily an anomaly for the area, per the locals, even though a storm was in the area.