Excellent! Friendly Volunteers and Spectators! (about: 2010)|
C. K. from South Carolina, USA (10/11/10)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Run Mother Road Marathon
We enjoyed our trip to Joplin, Missouri to run this race. The race organization was superb - nothing lacking! Great medal and shirt, but the best component of this marathon was the friendliness of the people! At the starting line, the people from Commerce Oklahoma gave us a warm welcome. We ran through the beautiful farm land of Oklahoma into Kansas where people kept saying, "Welcome to Kansas!" People were out in their yards in chairs cheering us on and lined the streets of scenic Baxter Springs and Galena Kansas. The weather was nice up until around 11, but as it heated up there were plenty of volunteers making sure we had lots of water. The finish line road was exciting and the after-race party had plenty of food, drink, and music. It impressed me how proud people were of the marathon and how appreciative they were of the runners for coming. Many people asked us along the way where we were from. Also impressive: 3 different businesses that had been closed opened their doors and let us in on Saturday - now where does that happen anymore? If you go, make sure you go to Caldones in Joplin, Angels on the Route in Baxter Springs and the Visitor Center in Baxter Springs, and stop in at 4 Women on the Route.