Great little marathon for a a first year event! (General Comments)|
A Runner from Los Angeles, CA (1/9/01)
Just got done running Hearst Castle's 1st Marathon and I was pleasantly surprised. You can never be sure what you will get in the 1st year or with a small marathon. Course was challenging - an uphill grade most of the way. The kind that fatigues your legs from the constant grade. Mile 2-9 gradual grade up and can take it out of you early. Not many flat or downhill segements. Two significant hills that most had to walk. Moderate description may have been too liberal. Not a PR race, but definitely one to make a decent showing on a tough course. Great volunteer support at aid stations, but no spectators. All the ammenities on the course - Sports drink, Gels, food. Slower runners can get an early start and is recommended if you run between 5.5-6hrs on the average. Pretty strict on the 6hrs timing cutoff. View of the CA Coastline is great through 75% of the course. Great post race support. Lots of food left even for slower runners. If they can keep this up, they can grow this into a great little race!