Race-Day Blues (about: 2005)|
R. J. from Virginia USA (3/2/05)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Trinidad & Tobago Marathon
I ran your marathon on Jan 27, 2005 and found it to be quite enjoyable. Support from spectators along the course was tremendous, especially that of my family that followed the race by car with Uncle Roy signs, screaming and honking horns. In general the course was good; however, the traffic circle before the finish was mismanaged. I lost all momentum at that point - there was just too much traffic and too many people in the street. I still managed to run a 3:27+.
As for race schedule, I was forced to make two trips to Trinidad: one for carnival and one for the race. In the future I think it will be nice to have the race about one week before carnival and set the date in stone. That will allow us to kill two birds with one stone and you will have a guaranteed larger turnout. On a much lighter note, after finishing the race, the tickets I received for the meal and the mug got lost; one of your officials got me a plate when he learned of my misfortune. For that I was very thankful; however, the young ladies guarding those little white boxes refused to budge. They stood their ground: no ticket, no mug. they all deserve jobs in national security. In my heart, I know Trinidad will be a lot safer if those ladies have anything to do with it. A mug for my desk, a little something to show off, would have been nice.
Much love, Uncle Roy.