good, small marathon new to the Midwest (about: 2010)|
D. P. from Texas (3/29/10)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 A2A Arbuckles to Ardmore Race for Mercy
This was a well organized, well supported, small, local race in southern Oklahoma. You can immediately tell that the people in Ardmore appreciate the runners and their support. The proceeds benefited the building of a cancer treatment center. There were many people who said, "Thank you for coming" during the race.
Positives: The first few miles of the course were beautiful. The majority of the 26-mile race was downhill, although there were several small inclines thrown in. The pre-race pasta dinner was included with the entry. For the first year, it was very well organized. There was no amenity this race didn't have that larger ones do.
Negatives: The medals were nice but the ribbon on them was one solid color, leaving something to be desired. The course, while mostly flat or downhill, was largely wide open - nothing but pasture land. It was pretty boring to run in. Crowd support was nothing as you are running through the middle of nowhere for many miles.