Steep hills, steep descent, repeat over and over (about: 2009)|
R. S. from Baltimore, Maryland (10/3/09)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Freedom's Run
Looking at the course elevation profile, you'd think that this course has three or four hills but is primarily flat. You'd be wrong. Maybe the scale just doesn't convey the elevation accurately or maybe elevations are just taken every half-mile and then the dots connected. Bottom line: when you hit the hills, they are constant and unrelenting. You can't rest during the downhills because they are so steep you have to use your quads and "brake."
Put it this way: in winter you'd need to put chains on your tires to be able to drive this course.
Having said that, the organization was impressive, especially for a first-time event. Nice shirt. Sparse food selection at the end, so if you want more than half a banana and a bagel, bring your own. Gel on the course was a nice touch, as was the low cost.
Afterward, everyone said that the half-marathon course was significantly short. That is job #1 for a race director and everything else is secondary - no excuse. Hopefully the marathon, which was mostly on a different course, was accurate.