Quiet, scenic course. Great small marathon. (about: 2009)|
A. L. from Sacramento, CA (4/27/09)
50+ previous marathons
| 1 River City Marathon
This marathon was small, scenic and well-run. The volunteers were incredible, and aid stations very well-stocked and reasonably spaced. This year the race weekend weather was extra hot, but you can get that in Sacramento in April. The temperature the following weekend was in the low 70s.
The marathon course is a point-to-point along a bike path that runs beside the American River. In the first third of the course I did not go 1/2 mile without hearing wild turkeys. Wild flowers were in bloom along the trail as well. You can run on the asphalt trail or the crushed gravel beside the trail. You only cross a street once on the course. While this overall downhill course might help you to run a PR if the weather permits, it's also a great course to just enjoy running again.
This is not a marathon for those who like big crowds, but certainly a good one for those who enjoy a small, well-run marathon and/or a scenic course.