A total disaster (about: 2010)|
S. S. from Seattle, WA (5/17/10)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Windermere Marathon
This was absolutely the worst organized event I have ever been a part of. The race started 15 minutes late because they only had one clock at the finish line, so they had to start the half and the full at the same time. Fifteen minutes is a pretty big deal on a day that ended in the upper 70s, with no clouds in the sky. Then, .5 miles into the race, the lead cyclists took us on a wrong turn. We hit the Mile 2 marker at mile 1.25. So we had to run the last 25 miles knowing the race was a sham, uncertified and counting for nothing. I feel worst for those trying to qualify for Boston, especially the ones who paid $100. So the course ended up being 25.5 miles - not 26.2. If there is one thing a race has to get right, it's the course. And they blew it. Also, I was in the front and not all of the mile markers had been set up in the middle of the course. Also, the congestion at the end as we caught up to the slower half marathoners was a nightmare. I will never trust four months of training to this race again and I would suggest others take a second look as well.