Well-Organized Smaller Marathon (about: 2001)|
A Runner from Houston, TX (10/25/01)
I decided to run the only marathon held in Kansas and the result was a pleasant surprise. The course traditionally had gone through McConnell Air Force base, but was altered this year. The course started in Derby, a suburb of Wichita, moved up to Wichita and through downtown. The last eight miles were an out and back on a wide concrete biking and walking path along the Arkansas River. Psychologically, that was very painful. The marathon ended in the baseball stadium. We ended up running around the outfield and finished at homeplate. Despite being in Kansas, I would characterize the terrain as 'rolling hills' as opposed to flat.
It was unseasonably warm in 2001 with temperatures in the 60s at the start and in the mid-upper 70s at the end. Another plus, the awards are given in 5 yr age groups and as high as SIX deep in some age categories. For a race that typically has 300-500 finishers that is quite a lot. The accommodations at the Hyatt, the host hotel were great and inexpensive. There are several nice restaurants in the Old Town area of Wichita near the hotel. I would definitely like to do this race again under cooler conditions.