Excellent regional marathon (about: 2001)|
A Runner from Oakton, VA (2/18/01)
This is a small race that starts at a local Youth Center, then loops three times around farmland owned by the Department of Commerce and the University of Maryland. The terrain is rolling Maryland hills, but none is very steep. Timing is by an electronic clock, not by chips. The vistas are 100% pastoral. The race staff offers several water stops with a choice of Gatorade or water (no Gu or other food). There are adequate portable toilets for the field. Almost the entire race is run on public streets, although some of these are very rural with minimal traffic. Police stop the traffic at every intersection. There are almost no fans. Every mile is marked. The staff directs the runners at every turn. There is a hot meal at the conclusion. The shirt is a printed, long-sleeved t-shirt. Summary: A fine race through Washington, DC's most rural countryside, with a small field well supported by the race staff.