Beautiful course - better next year? (about: 2011)|
K. B. from Kansas City, MO (8/30/11)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Timmy's Challenge Marathon
I loved the crushed limestone trail, the cold dark jaunt through the train tunnel, the quaint town square when we ran through Cairo, and the flock of chickens and turkeys that squawked and flapped as they hurried off the path. But... I heard three runners had to leave in ambulance for heat-related issues, and it wasn't even that hot. I blame it on the fact that there was NO Gatorade at most of the aid stations, and no aid station at all between about mile 6 and 11. The aid station volunteers apologized, blamed it on the park not opening some of the gates, and promised better organization next year. Overall, the volunteers were very friendly and encouraging, but that didn't make up too little gatorade on a warm day. Also NO markings at all at the intersections. It was very straightforward once we got going, but at the beginning there were several intersections no one was too sure about, and I heard one woman ran a mile out of her way on the return because she missed a turn. But... (I know, another but) the race only cost $30!! I had to sign up very late because the run I was supposed to do was canceled because of Hurricane Irene. Most other races were into late-registration fees of $100, so $30 was a pleasant surprise. As I was running along, parched without my gatorade, I wondered how I could even expect aid stations for only $30. Give it a try next year, they should have the kinks worked out.