Small and Fun (about: 2000)|
A Runner from PA (11/27/00)
I did this race in 2000 (2nd out of 34 finishers). It was the first year for the race; it was on the same weekend as Boston; and I do not believe any real advertising was put out. This is the reason, I believe, for the small size. It seemed as though most of us were simply using this as a training run for the Pittsburgh Marathon or some other race.
I loved the race. Everything went pretty smoothly, with plenty of food, refreshments, etc. Because it starts and ends at a high school, showers were available afterwards, which was really, really nice.
Given the size of the race, it had a very hometown feel. While the roads were not closed to traffic, there was so little traffic that it was not a bother. This is a tough and hilly course. The finishing times reflect the difficulty of the course.
Even though the field was so small, a few people did come out to support us. All intersections were manned by volunteers, plenty of aid stations were available, etc.
I really enjoyed the race, and hope to do it again in the future.
P.S. All finishers received a plaque with their place and time. This was a very nice touch by the race director.