Excellent org. +challenging, beautiful course (General Comments)|
A Runner from Mauldin, South Carolina (8/28/02)
I ran the 2002 edition and have the highest praise for Dave Jacobson and the race he puts on. While the course is challening and not one to choose for a PR, the overall experience is hard to beat. Spectacular scenery, coupled with great volunteers and course management are the most obvious positive attributes. The washboarding on the Forest Service road must be attended to and the climb from 17 to 20 is a hard pull. The small town atmosphere and friendliness of all in Ashton is another plus. The few who are there are great spectators, but don't expect anyone to be in the isolated areas. Temperature and humidity, despite elevation, are a great respite for those from the eastern half of the country. Excellent value for a modest entry fee, in addition. This is my 21st marathon, including most of the large US marathons and a couple of international ones.