Good scenic course, lacked volunteer support.... (about: 2013)|
J. B. from Charlotte, NC (12/9/13)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Tucson Marathon
Expo: I don't care much about the expo, so this area doesn't matter to me. However, if it does for you, then this is a pretty small expo (the smallest I've been to in my 12 marathons).
Bus Shuttle to start: I didn't like the fact that we had to depart at 5:00 (2 hours from the start) because we arrived to the start an hour and 20 minutes before the 7:00 start. It was 28 degrees at the start, and you could stay on the bus, but you were just sitting there getting all tight. Not an ideal situation to me. I would have liked to see them get the buses up there more like 30-45 minutes before the start of the race (not 80+ minutes)
Course: The course was down hill, obviously from the elevation map. However, it did have more uphill than I thought (especially from mile 10-13) which on the elevation map, looks like it is flat. That is deceiving, because you actually go down like 50-75 feet, then up 50-75 feet, and repeat this about 7 times over the 3 mile stretch. I wasn't ready for that, but if you know that going in, I think the course was good.
Volunteer support: It was unpredictable to know how much water/Gatorade you would get in a cup at the stations. One stop you would have about 6 ounces in a cup and then the next 2 stops the cups were like Dixie cups with maybe 1-2 ounces. At one point, I grabbed 3 water cups, and felt like I received a total of 4 ounces (not enough for my 190lb body).
Overall value: I would rank this marathon in the $70 range (not the $100+ that they want to charge). I feel for the poor quality of the race shirt, the inadequate volunteer support, and poor post-race food (PBJ rollups, animal crackers, chex-mix, and bananas) that the entry fee should be decreased. I felt I got much more for my money with less expensive marathons (although they do have to shuttle you up to the start, which has its expense I'm sure).