Very tough and LONG (about: 2009)|
P. T. from Salt Lake City (1/26/09)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 Maui Oceanfront Marathon
First, the good: RD did a nice job of communicating via email; and Maui is, of course, beautiful.
Now, the not-so-good: They announced at the beginning of the race that a downed power line caused the route to be changed: per GPS, the actual length was 27.4! yikes! That extra mile-plus was tough.
The early start was great; it got hotter later, but not too bad. The worst of the route was the many miles of running facing traffic - lots of traffic. It felt like running on a freeway. Aid stations were good, with nice folks.
I expected a decent shirt, though - not a cheap cotton tee that said, "Marathon Events." The volunteers (bless them) seemed to get the same shirt as the marathoners, halfers, and 5Ks. How about a nice tech shirt that says, "Marathon finisher?" For the money, that would have been appropriate. Also, no chip timing, but that wasn't a big deal to me.
I ran a slow time (in part because of the longer route). I'm glad that I did it, would not do again.
Lots of 50-staters and 100+ marathon people! A little intimidating for me (my 4th) but I managed a mid-pack finish. The free massages at the end were glorious. Thanks, ladies!
Thanks too to MarathonGuide.com: it's great see reviews!