Will Do Again (General Comments)|
A Runner from Wisconsin (7/16/01)
The race provides a nice change from the large urban marathon. We very much enjoyed running the mountain course and watching the sun rise in Central Oregon. The aid stations though small were very accomodating and all were willing to take any extra items you had to the finish. The course is one to run to enjoy a marathon but not one to run for a PR. There are some hidden hills at the end that try ones soul, but after having done 20 miles of mostly downhill, the 4 short steep hills at the end were bearable. Great place to go with the family for a real marathon vacation. There is a lot for everyone to do (rafting, horseback riding, hiking, etc...). The town of Bend is the icing on the cake. It is very active with a very relaxed atmosphere.