A good race (about: 2010)|
B. S. from Mebane, NC (9/12/10)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Sioux Falls Marathon
I ran the half, and overall, this is a nice race, provided that you understand it is a relatively small event. The course is advertised as "relatively flat," and that is an accurate description because there are a few minor inclines that can surprise you if you are looking for a totally flat course. There were a couple of areas where we had to run on the wet grass, but thankfully, those areas were short in distance. I especially thought that running through the various parks (Falls Park and Spencer Park) added a nice touch and provided great scenery. The weather couldn't have been better, with temperatures starting out in the low 50's without a cloud in the sky. As for the spectators, this race had quite a few and they were all very enthusiastic, especially a group of teens who banged on barrels and cans as we passed by and provided a huge lift. All of the volunteers were very nice and the baggage claim was easy to get to at the start and finish. The post-race food could have been much better though. I stayed at the Sheraton, which was a block from the start line. They provided free airport shuttle but it is not near anything else, like restaurants, shopping, etc. It is, however, near a bus stop, and you can take the bus to the packet pickup and a shopping district for only $1. As long as you understand from the beginning that this is not a huge event (no expo, no pasta dinner, no large city with a lot to do), you will be pleased. If you need a race to fulfill your South Dakota requirement, this is a good one to pick.