hilly and tough (about: 2008)|
D. C. from Illinois (3/3/08)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Red Rock Canyon Marathon
Very well supported during the race with, great volunteers. This course was very hilly and tough for this Illinois flatlander. Very beautiful scenery - much better than any city race. Course was well marked. Too bad there was not a lot of food left for the marathoners after the race. Shirts were okay, and medals were nice also. Packet pick up was a bit of a mess, and confusing, but this is the race's first year; I think with time the bugs will get worked out. Race director worked diligently to make things work out. Hopefully next year she will have more help and not seem so spread thin.
My biggest disappointment, however, per the website: Age-group awards were to be given out at the finish (and with only 90-some participants for the first time, I thought I actually had a shot). I asked the race director how many in my age group in inquiry as to my standing.... She told me she didn't know how many were in my age group and wouldn't know until results were posted. My plane left that night and the website said no awards would be mailed... a little disappointing. Oh well.
All in all, a nice race for a first time; a challenging, beautiful and well-marked course; and great volunteers.