Has Potential, but needs improvement!!! (General Comments)|
A Runner from Omaha, NE (4/16/01)
Omaha is a great city and holding a marathon in Omaha is attractive since there are not many marathons in this part of the country... However, holding a marathon in Omaha in August is not going to attract many out of state runners... The humidity is at its worst, and the course, although scenic - by routing it through downtown Omaha, the Zoo, by Rosenblatt Stadium, across the Missouri river and around Lake Manawa in Iowa - it was very hilly and challenging... The course was also very poorly marked and several runners got off course. The start line did not have sufficient parking nearby and could be confusing for an out of towner to find the start point. The amount of port-a-potties were very minimal at the start point and several runners were late to start the race due to the long wait in line to use the toilet. This needs to be a late Sept or Oct race, and organizers need to work on details better, to those participating in the race it appeared unorganized....