Beautiful Regional Marathon (about: 2001)|
Andy Weaver from Newport Beach, CA (3/6/01)
I knew we were going to have bad weather and was mentally prepared but the 2001 edition was tough. They let us stay in the buses until the last minute which kept us warm before the start which would not have been possible in a big marathon. Once underway I was not cold because the act of running a marathon keeps you warm despite the rain and temps in the low 50's. It was when the rain let up at about the 1/2 way point that we started to get hot with very strong headwinds. By 20 miles when we were going up a hill we had 40+ MPH winds which never really let up. I ran strong and finished 48th in 3:13 - it would have taken 2:57 to finish 48th last year. This is a beautiful scenic race, this year we just got horrible weather. Volunteers were exceptional given the conditions, always cheering and ready to help.