Scenic; Mainly Downhill; Concurrent Races Detract (General Comments)|
A Runner from Minneapolis, MN USA suburb (6/4/01)
(Ran in '01). Agree w/1st poster about course terrain. Vets told me some of the big uphills were removed from previous layout. You run on gravel from start through mi. 6 and 6.5-12; in '01, it was a nicely packed surface. Who knows when it's wet? Could use 1-2 more aid stations from 12th mile on. Aid stations slightly understaffed; might've gotten ugly if a crowd came past. (I also had to grab a cup away from one volunteer chatting with and hugging a walking participant... grr!) Scenic route, with nice view of downtown from about mi. 17. I had tough time figuring out position, as I encountered walkers (given 1 hr head-start), relayers, and back-of-pack half marathoners. This race had big Team in Training contingent. Their excitement and supporters livened up fairly dull and sparse spectators, even as people lined streets for last half-mile. Marathon doesn't seem to be showcased, as there is common finish for it plus 5k/10k/half-marathon. There is marathon relay. Marathoners directed to far right of finish line as other race finishers stream by in remainder of street. Organizers (in web site) choose to use non-standard approach for results by listing them in several sub-categories rather showing an overall listing by time. Bib, info, and participant shirt sent to you by mail; finishers got another shirt and medal. Post-event food and drink adequate but not noteworthy.