Flat, Looping Course on Well Groomed Trails (General Comments)|
A Runner from Dallas, Texas (11/1/02)
This is a very flat and fast course run through a large park on the eastern side of Basel. Each loop is approximately a 10 K and is run 4 times. I used the first circuit to calibrate to the course and terrain and opened it up on the successive laps. After the first loop, I felt like I was running on a home course and was able to plan and adjust for aid stations, downhills, wind, etc. Did not feel at all repetitive due to the very scenic surroundings (rapid river, forests, farms, old RR Bridges, hills, etc). Fan support is limited to a 2 mile stretch on each loop and a fantistic finish to a large crowd in a school soccer stadium. Hats off to the race organizers who were very accomodating in helping with accomodations and other pre-race logistics. If you enjoy marathoning and are in the area next year, enter this race.