Great Event, but Might Have Overgrown (General Comments)|
A Runner from Richfield, MN USA (8/16/00)
(Run in 93) My 1st marathon, and I couldn't believe # of people throughout course cheering EVERYONE on. Whole area supports race. Organization / volunteers darn good. People are treated to (mostly) the best of Mpls-St. Paul. Unfortunately, race now fills 5 months beforehand, forcing a potential first-timer to commit early. Some friends have experienced host hotel (Hyatt) not allowing late check-out. Start can be slow and some pace or club 'packs' can discourteously string across the course. Note to supporters: finish area is crowded with limited nearby parking. Give yourself 15 minutes from anticipated finish time, or secure a camera-ready spot at finish line early (8-9 am).