shaded along the Presque Isle section (General Comments)|
A Runner from Erie (2/23/01)
I ran this race in 1998 and 1999. The weather in 98 was hot the entire race.
The 99 race temperature was cooler especially along the Presque Isle section. There is much shade on that part of the course which made the race much nicer. The last 6 miles are in the sun and overheating was a problem for me both years. The race started 1/2 hour earlier in 2000 and hopefully it will continue with the early start making the last 6 miles more bearable. I think the Erie course would be great if the race consisted of two laps around Presque Isle State Park instead of only one. There would be shade for the entire course, the number of aid stations would be cut in half, there would be less volunteers needed to block cars at intersections, and the relay runners would not have to be transported 13 miles away from the starting line. And also it would be the flatest marathon course in the country, eliminating the brutal hill leaving the park at the 21 mile mark.