Spectacular Course, Unspectacular Organization (about: 2000)|
A Runner from Runner from Michigan (6/29/00)
Lake Geneva offers a remarkable range of topography as the course winds along the beautiful lake, through the picturesque rural dairyland, and up and down some remarkable hills before returning to the lake. The organizers featured adequate support at aid stations every 2-3 miles during the first 15 miles (shared with the 25-K runners), but during the last ten miles of the 5-13-00 event two of the aid stations were unstaffed for mid-pack and back-of-the-pack runners. A garden hose thrown over a metal chair provided the only aid at mile 20 at the Yerkes Observatory! Bottom line: Of the ten marathons I've run as a mid-pack runner, Lake Geneva offered some of the finest scenery but, regrettably, the worst organization. Sorry, I won't be back to this one.