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Awesome (General Comments)|
A Runner from Chicago (11/28/00)
We had a great time. Course is great. Not too many people, nor too little. Perfect size marathon! Philly is a great city!
Good course, well orgainized, good support (about: 2000)|
eco2 from S.River, New Jersey (11/23/00)
This is a good first timer course. Hill at mile 9 and small hill at turnaround point (mile 20) are a test. Expo is well done, easy in and out. 2000 weather was cold but the crowd that was there was very supportive.
Could be better (about: 2000)|
A Runner from Medford, NJ (11/22/00)
This was my second marathon so I guess I don't have that much to compare it to (my first was Pittsburgh). I am from the area and I think they do a good job of highlighting the better parts of the city though the out and back in the first few miles should be changed. Also, I could do without the cobblestones. It's a wonder more ankle sprains don't occur here. I was disappointed with the organization. The expo should be located downtown as they do for the half marathon. And, the transportation they provided did not keep to the schedule they published (not even close). Many people work in the city and use their lunch hours to pick up their race packets. I didn't appreciate having to wait an half hour to leave because the bus driver said he wasn't leaving until 12:30 even though everyone had papers that said 12:00. Whatever. The chip timing is nice but they didn't give the half split on the website. Crowds were sparse but I'm sure the weather had a lot to do with it. On the other hand, the course runs more through scenic areas as opposed to residential so I think that is a tradeoff you have to expect. I will probably run it again. They should take some cues from Pittsburgh which is extremely well run.
Beautiful Historic Run (about: 2000)|
-net.net from San Antonio, TX (11/21/00)
As a first time marathoner, I thought the Philadelphia 2000 Marathon provided a near perfect first time experience. The course is surprisingly flat, as well as beautiful, especially through Fairmount Park with its bright reds, oranges, and golds and along the Schuylkill River into quaint Manayunk.
Of course, the undecipherable elevation profile map left me a little nervous about a race full of daunting hills, but the only noticable hill -a mosquito bite of a hill- occurred going into mile nine past the Philadelphia Zoo.
And yes, while the crowds were sparse, perhaps because of the frosty 29-39 degree temperatures, those who cheered us on rooted for us as if we were close friends or family. Special thanks to those at the 18 mile mark with signs, 'There is no wall!' and a high five to the Manayunk drummer and the young girl whose fervent encouragement kept us all going past the 19, 20, and 21 mile marks when our feet felt as if could not continue on.
What a memorable run!
Oh... and as for the champion chip timing... way to go guys! :)
Good marathon for first-timers/PR-chasers (about: 2000)|
Suku from Princeton, NJ (11/21/00)
I just ran Philly this past Sunday and had a blast.
I have run Chicago three times before, and
did enjoy Philly a lot. It's a medium-sized
marathon (5K-6K), which is just about the
right size for one. Race organization is good;
expo was a tad-crowded, but given that
the marathon is not (yet) big-time like
NY, Chicago or Boston, it was adequate.
The course is not hilly (I have not done any
hill trg so far), and if one is tad-conservative
in the first-half, one can have a good second-
half. There's a short hill at mile 9 or so, and a
few inclines (ramps) off and on. Mile 14 to the
finish is an out-and-back along
the Schuykill river; ~mile 20 (Manayunk) is the
turnaround point. For the most part from mile 14 to
mile 20 is downhill (or so I felt). Don't go all out
on the way down, for you'll have to come-up on
the way back (a gradual incline; not a hill really).
My only peeve this year was why did they use
plastic cups for water, and not paper cups which
are a lot easier to drink from.. The crowds in Philly
are few and far between and are not all that
enthused (vis-a-vis Chicago for instance) in
terms of encouraging runners, etc. That
notwithstanding, the race is a good one for a
first-time or even for one whose chasing a PR.
The weather in Philly was also a lot kinder (mid-
late 30s) than Chicago this year, but that would
vary from year-to-year.
Course isn't that great for a race walker (about: 2000)|
A Runner from New Jersey (11/21/00)
The weather is generally cold. I didn't like the course for race walking. The cobblestones in Society Hill area are very dangerous. Lines too long at portable rest rooms and effects your time.
Overall a very good race (about: 2000)|
A Runner from North Carolina (11/20/00)
The course has a few hills but isn't too brutal. You do have to run over a few cobblestones and there is a tight turnaround out in Manyunk but overall it is a nice course and a fairly well run race. The cold weather this year probably kept the crowds down. Given the likelihood of cool weather and the fairly flat course this is a decent race to attempt a PR. And the fact that they use chip timing is a huge plus!
Excellent for first-timers (General Comments)|
A Runner from New Jersey (11/20/00)
I am still recovering from the 2000 Philadelphia marathon! It was my first-ever marathon and I enjoyed it. It was very well-organized, the course was relatively flat and doable and there was enough people (6,000) to feel the camaraderie of a marathon without having to deal with overcrowdedness. Excellent choice for a beginner marathon. Overall, the course was beautiful but there were some areas that were not as pretty.
Uphill both ways (about: 1999)|
A Runner from Rawchester, NY (7/17/00)
Great course scenery mix of city center, old city cobblestone streets, and rural. Running past the gym rats on their treadmills as they look out the big glass windows was surreal. Still not sure how the last out and back section could be uphill both ways. And here's another vote for chip timing. May make the start area a little less tight.
A good one (General Comments)|
A Runner from Dallas (7/14/00)
The Philadelphia marathon was my 5th. The Phil marathon was a positive experience, - well run, basically flat, & scenic. I would recomend it.
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