You get what you ask for (about: 2000)|
Jerry Sumrell from Atlanta, GA (1/17/01)
Everyone who enters a marathon should pay attention to the details of the course. The people at Deseret News pull no punches in warning you that this is a mountain marathon. Keeping this in mind, I entered the race believing that I would complete it, which is my only goal as I get better at running marathons. Little did I imagine that I would be so impressed with this race. The race starts in the dark, and the sun does not appear for an hour or so. It's spooky, but fun, to run with only the moon lighting your way. I lost track of my mile splits because of that, but once the sun came up, the beauty of the vistas kept my mind off of the fact that I was climbing, climbing, climbing. As the last half of the race is either severely downhill or flat, I didn't burn out as hard as usual. The race is in summer, so it gets hot toward the end. Support is sufficient, but not incredible. Turns out that not only did I complete it, but I nearly broke 5 hours, my usual goal. No expo, which was a bummer when my wife decided to run the 10k and we had to hunt up a sports store.