Community Event (about: 2007)|
M. L. from Alberta (9/13/07)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Oil Sands Marathon
You know a marathon is lauded by its participants when "Thanks to the director" take up your inbox for the next week or so afterward.
What a community feel this race has, and who would've thought Ft. Mac could be so beautiful or boast such a fine trail system. Mostly wooded packed dirt, and some gravel, grass, and wood chips. The volunteers were great. Post-race food was great - the staples plus desserts! Race announcer was great. The MUSIC at start/finish was great! Awesome race shirt, medal, and lots of draw prizes. Aid every 2 KM or so. Everyone was welcoming. What a fantastic way to spend a relaxing weekend in an area of my province I've never before visited.
The only add-on I'd suggest is perhaps some gels at the aid stations, and I'd suggest staying at a hotel other than Sawridge - there is probably better value closer to the race site. It was $211/night but the room was awfully average. Though meals there were... well, yum!
Overall, this race was low-key but top-notch. I almost don't want to tell anyone about it because a large field would probably take something away from the atmosphere of this race. I appreciated the effort. Next year, 2008, is the 25th anniversary! I'll try to be back - and maybe get a glimpse of those notorious oil sands.
"FINISHING IS WINNING," says the race shirt!