Outstanding Inaugural Marathon (about: 2009)|
David Bourne from San Luis Obispo, California (8/31/09)
50+ previous marathons
This marathon was on a scenic, flat course alongside the Santa Rosa creek. It was basically an out-and-back for the half-marathon, and a double out-and-back for the marathoners. It also consisted of crossing over the creek on pedestrian bridges, or a vehicle overpass with sidewalks. The race director placed a high priority on runner safety, keeping us out of the streets, and marking any impediments on the course to keep anyone from falling or tripping.
The RD's communication was excellent: in addition to the marathon website, he sent us emails to ensure that we came to the start well-informed about what was in store. Parking was arranged in a nearby structure. The people at aid stations, the start/finish line, and the bridge-crossing (and other helpers) were consistently smiling, supportive and ready help you be successful. In addition to these volunteers, the spectators - on the overpasses and bridges, and at the start/finish - were not only spectators, but were excellent at keeping us going with their encouragement and clapping. The Adidas t-shirt, the cap, and the unique finisher's medal are very nice and "memorialize" a significant accomplishment. I want to note that this was a very runner-oriented marathon, and a big pat on-the-back goes to the race director Arthor Webb, who very recently completed his 12th consecutive Badwater 135-mile endurance run from Death Valley to the Whitney Portal. Wow! No wonder he is so good at planning and delivering such a fine marathon!