great first marathon (about: 2002)|
A Runner from Iowa (7/22/02)
Very runner friendly marathon, especially for the first timer. I had a couple of nervous, niave questions in the weeks prior that were immediately responded to from the race director. The whole set-up was very convienent and accommodating. The course was flat, the weather cool (maybe a little windy) the scenery was diverse enough to remain interesting. Water was plentiful and support at the conclusion of race was terrific with blankets, food and fluids.
The most impressive thing was the volunteers at the water stations. I felt pretty humble but extremely grateful when I came to the stations manned by 10-15 local fire fighters and another with 15 or so army national guardsmen.
If you can, make sure this race is on your calendar, even if just a training run for a larger marathon later (I met a few runners doing this).