Great event in a scenic setting on the bay (about: 2007)|
D. D. from Moncton, NB, Canada (4/11/08)
1 previous marathon
| 1 Marathon de la Baie
Note these comments refer to the HALF - not full marathon - of this event. This was my first half-marathon in almost 2 years (ran shorter events due to injury, etc.) and I was not disappointed. The event was small, with 85-100 runners in all events, but well organized anyway. Course was out-and-back format for half (2 loops for full) along the main streets of town. Traffic was sparse and respectful of runners. Traffic control was provided at the turnaround point. Not many spectators (it was Sunday morning in a small town) but those who turned out were very supportive.
Highlights included a fantastic view of the bay (from all points of the course) and a fabulous selection of homemade cooking in the local community center post-race (hot/cold dishes, salads, breads and rolls, pies, cake... yum, yum!). No on-site showers but there was an agreement with a local campsite (~3KM away) to allow runners to shower and freshen up post-race. The town of Charlo is a bit out of the way (just off the highway between Dalhousie and Bathurst, NB) but well worth the trip for local hospitality, T-shirt, medal and great memories of a new PB - I'll be back in 2008!