Incredibly organized small town race (about: 2011)|
J. R. from Alexandria, VA (9/5/11)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Marquette Marathon
I flew to Marquette to get in an 'early fall' marathon- great change in temperature from DC. I trained in the 90's all summer, so 61 at race time was a plus. Good variety in the course, especially considering that we did the same loop twice. Scenic start in the park, a mile or two of unpaved road, then mostly paved bike trails through. Good change of scenery too, running along neighborhoods, through the small downtown and along the lakefront. What blew me away was the organization of this small race- lots of volunteers; water every 1-2 miles (but get rid of the HEED!) and gels. Seriously, did the whole town come out to volunteer to man water stations, stop traffic, etc? This is a fairly fast, flat course (but a nasty little hill in the park at the 12/25 mile mark). Didn't set a PR, but got a very respectable time given my limited summer training. This one is a perfect work up for fall races on my schedule. Oh, and hats off for a great little after party at the Waterfront Restaurant. If you're looking for a small race, but worried about lack of support, try this one.