Flat, Fast & Perfect for a PR or Boston Qualifier. (General Comments)|
A Runner from Sacramento, California (6/11/00)
I was able to qualify for Bosston 2000 on the course last year. The weather is normally very good, albeit slightly warm for perfect marthoning weather. Expect upper 60's to low 70s.This is a great first timer, or racer's course. Unlike the big city destination marathons, where you feel like you're part of some mass migration, SVM offers fields big enough to have people to pace with through out the entire course, but not so crowded that you loose time in the first couple miles working your way through slower runners. 3000 to 7000 can be expected. Support, aid and the orginization is good SVM uses Champion Chip timing, as you would imagine in the brithplace of the computer chip. You gotta love this if you're going for a Boston quallifier. You don't need to stress about how far back you are at the start and when you do get the Boston time, (Power of positive thinking and all!) it's a simple process for The BAA to confirm your 'net time' and seed you in their race without you having to wait for a results card to be mailed to you.
The crowds are a little sparse through many sections of the course and it's not very visually stimulating either. Once you've seen one high tech building, you've pretty much seen them all! It makes this course tough,if you're the type of runner that 'disassociates' during your races. But, if you have good concentration and focus, in other words, 'internalize' well, the flat course will leave you with an excellent chance of a PR.