Great Inaugural Race (about: 2012)|
Mike Bell from Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA (4/23/12)
6-10 previous marathons
Ran the Half.
Great course. In Lansing, out to East Lansing and Michigan State grounds and back along the river trail. Just enough hills to make it interesting. Enough flats to give me a good time.
Well organized start and finish. Nice to be greeted at finish line by race director, Dr Owen and a hug from the volunteer who gave me that great medal!
Medal probably the best I've ever received. Rave reviews from family and friends who have seen it!
We stayed in downtown Lansing at the Radisson. Perfect location. Clean, safe and friendly.
CONS: Sorry, but there's a few 'opportunities for improvement' I'd like to offer.
Expo. The mezz of the stadium sounds neat in theory but April is not the time of year for an outdoors expo. Any other vendors available for running merchandise? We bought a few items from the vendor there but we saw only one selling anything.
The website had late, insufficient and inconsistent information. If I were to pre-judge the race by the website I would be really worried about the organization of the whole race. On race day, everything went just perfect from what I experienced. The website needs to provide timely (ie early),complete and accurate info.
We booked early at the Radisson to make sure we had something. It was perfect for a location within blocks of the start, the finish and the expo. Not the host hotel? Not even a 'partner' hotel?
Really, the pros greatly outweigh any cons. Had a great race and really enjoyed our experience in Lansing.