Excellent inaugural race (about: 2012)|
M. M. from Auburn, AL (3/10/12)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Columbia Marathon
Great inaugural race. Had problems making it to the expo in time, but called the RD and he personally helped me sort it out. The course was a little hilly, nothing too bad but probably not a PR course. It was my first time doing a double loop course, but I actually found knowing what I was up against in the second half helpful.
Nice expo for a smaller race
No problems with parking (at the expo and on race morning)
LOTS of well staffed well stocked aid stations (they were supposedly spaced every 2 miles, but it felt like more than that, seemed like I came up on a new one every few minutes)
The course passed through some beautiful residential neighborhoods, most of them with tree cover for shade.
Plenty of porta-potties
GREAT finishers medal (one of my favorites, up there with last year's MCM medal)
Many of the mile markers were missing, which is always frustrating
The chip timing system didn't work. The results said that my chip time was the same as my gun time, even though it took me 30 seconds to get to the line after the gun went off. Also, there were no mats across the course to give you split times.
Hardly any spectators on the second loop. The police officers and traffic volunteers were encouraging though.
The biggest hill in the race was in the last 1.5 miles. Made for a tough finish.
Overall excellent organization with only a few minor hiccups (biggest of which was the timing). I would definitely recommend it as a scenic city run, and feel certain that next year the mile marker issue will be addressed.