Very disappointing (about: 2012)|
J. F. from Calgary, Canada (9/24/12)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Newfoundland Provincial Marathon
Organization was great, hospitality excellent, support was enough.
It has the potential to be the choicest destination marathon out there given the fact:
- most easterly city in North America
- it is in St. John's, Newfoundland one of North America's Oldest Cities
- St. John's military history wrt WWI and WWII (the historical sites are amazing)
- St. John's cultural uniqueness
However, this years route was two laps in an industrial section of Mount Pearl (7.8 miles worth) followed by a 16 mile out and back section on a secondary highway with a small shoulder, in the middle of no where Newfoundland and then back into another industrial section for the finish.
No city sites, no Water Street or Duckworth Street, no signal hill, no views of the harbour or the Narrows, no run through Pippy or Bowring parks.
Very disappointing and by far the ugliest route I have run (28). For the expense and time required to get to Newfoundland, I wouldn't recommend it unless they change the route.