Maybe pass up this one, at least until improved (about: 2009)|
Marina W. from Irvine, CA (3/22/09)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Pasadena Marathon
The course was fairly hilly and did not have very enjoyable scenery. There were a few times when it rained pretty heavily, and without the use of my iPod (had to put it away so it wouldn't get wet!), the course was just boring, difficult, and/or down right unenjoyable at parts.
Organization was lacking! There were traffic jams in the morning, probably due in part to rain, and then for those of us who had been delayed, we were yelled at and told to make our way to the mats before the 5K time started. But isn't that the point of tag-timing: so your time can start whenever you cross, even if you are behind a little after being held up by poor race organization?!? Also, at the start there were not enough bathrooms for all of the full and half runners to use before we all started together. Then we all ran together for the first 8-plus miles, meaning that there were too many people for the bathroom count through those miles, and that there was just too much course crowding in general! Aid stations seemed well stocked, with lots of gels and fuel - but big mistake: the sports drink was clear, and in the same cups as water. How can we tell the difference as we are running through?!? Sometimes the people handing it out didn't say clearly, which brings me to the next section: the spectators.
Spectators were enthusiastic, but they were sparse. As for the volunteer spectators/course support, they seemed to be having a good time amongst themselves, and unfortunately this sometimes detracted from their aid station duties. After being canceled for fires in November, the inaugural race seems to have gotten off to a bumpy start with poor weather and the aforementioned deficits. Hopefully some of this can get sorted out for next year.