TOUGH but loved it! (about: 2003)|
Esther Woods from Los Angeles, CA (11/24/03)
I just finished this marathon 2 days ago on 11/22/03. I heard it's the toughest course in CA. I was proud to come in under 6 hrs (limit 7 hrs). I ran this one because Santa Clarita Marathon got canceled due to the fires. The race directors Randy & Vicki Davis, along with all the support personnel were absolutely wonderful.
The 5 aid stations were well stocked with terrific goodies, and everyone was so encouraging and helpful. I was actually full the whole time. At the finish there was chicken noodle soup, cabbage soup, chocolate dipped strawberries, etc... Too much good stuff to list (can you tell food is a big issue with me?!). I gave 5 stars for spectators even though there weren't any because unless you're a runner/hiker, you wouldn't be up in those trails. Besides, who needs spectators when the view is absolutely wonderful and you're one with nature and focused on finishing the race. The race is limited to only 150 entrants. This was my 11th (but first trail) marathon and it was the most challenging but rewarding race. I've heard my next race (Catalina Marathon) will be easier!