As Aerosmith sings, 'I'm goin' round and round' (about: 2005)|
B. G. from Oklahoma City, OK (5/29/05)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Andy Payne Marathon
The course is flat and fast ? if the weather permits. It was in the low 60s to start with a slight breeze, partly cloudy but 100% humidity. Needless to say this was not a PR day... This is a well-run small marathon race (41 finishers). However, you would think that it was a BIG-TIME marathon from the organization. The course is a mile out-and-back, then three times around Lake Overholser. You run on the Old Route 66 Bridge, around the scenic lake. After the first lap you have seen all the sights so you can concentrate on your form, and pace... since you know what the course is like! There were plenty of aid stations (5 for each lap). Each station had water, Gatorade, bananas, and orange slices. Only complaint was the cups were Styrofoam (now I am being picky). If you need crowd support... bring your own! The only spectators are friends, family members, other cyclists, fishermen and a few farm animals. I did not mind the solitude. This race supports a good cause ? UNITY and the history/memory of one of the greatest runners, Andy Payne. Thank you to race director J.R. Cook, and all the VOLUNTEERS, you make this race happen!!