Small, but fun, and well staffed (about: 2009)|
S. G. from Bloomington, IL (11/15/09)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Veterans Marathon
This was the first year for this marathon, but it was really well put together. Driving there was easy, as was parking. The race started on time, and took us through the back country roads. I thought they were a nice mix of rural and farmland, and the flat-lands were mixed with enough hills to make it interesting. There were some roads that were not closed to traffic, but as long as you keep your ears open, you'll be fine.
It's a small-town marathon (so far) with about 400 people (between the marathoners and half-marathoners), but there were plenty of aid stations and spectators along the course, so I didn't have any problem. Race finish, results, and dry-clothes-bag pick-up were all straightforward, and the hot soup afterward really hit the spot. Also, the RD made a deal with the YMCA (less than five minutes down the road) so that we could all shower after the race - heaven! I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an end-of-year marathon.
The only thing that I thought could be better was to have more port-a-potties along the course. I mentioned this to the RD, and he said he'd address it next year.