Peaceful run in the outback (about: 2006)|
L. D. from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (8/26/06)
50+ previous marathons
| 1 Alice Springs Marathon
This is a small marathon (50 runners) in the heart of Australia. This is their winter, so the 6 a.m. start was chilly, but the temperature warmed by 7-7:30. I'm used to running alone and enjoyed the serenity and solitude of running the back roads of the bush. The organizers and volunteers did a wonderful job providing water and gel. One of the advantages of a small marathon is personalized attention. Runners could pre-station clothing/liquids/gels along the course and ensure they would be there when needed. In larger marathons this is usually reserved just for the elites. The post-marathon party was another highlight. Aside from the full menu of food from the "barby" (included in the race fee), each runner was personally presented with their finisher's plaque, race picture, and certificate. Again, you won't find this at larger marathons. I found Alice Springs a great place to visit and the marathon a personal Australian adventure.