Beautiful Fall Colors (about: 2005)|
C. S. from Glendale, CA (11/15/05)
50+ previous marathons
| 1 Rock Creek Park Marathon and Relay
The weather was ideal with a start temperature in the upper 40's and finish in the upper 50's. The marathon had more fall colors than this year's Stowe (VT) Marathon, New Hampshire Marathon, or Maine Marathon.
Twice I saw a deer crossing the path ahead of me. This was a low cost marathon ($25 for early registration) and the web site said there would be no awards except for the satisfaction of running a 'challenging marathon'.
The phrase 'challenging marathon' is an euphemism for 'hills'. This was not as hilly as the Hogeye Marathon in Arkansas, but is more like the New Hampshire Marathon. Most of the marathon was on an asphalt bike path (excellent) other parts were on local roads (all right), the unpaved shoulders of busier secondary roads (not so good), dirt trail (ok), and dirt road covered with 1-inch gravel (bad). Fortunately there was only about 1 mile of the latter, but being a double out-back had to cover it four times. I saw mile markers at Miles, 1, 2, 11, 12, 14.1, 15.1, 24.1, and 25.1. Most of the fans cheering the runners were the volunteers and the aid stations. There were six aid stations which is about 1 every mile staffed with enthusiastic and cheering volunteers. All aid stations had both water and sports drink and some had cookies and fruit. As a back-of-pack runner I found all, except the next to the last, staffed on my final leg back to the start/finish.
At the finish they had fruit, bagels, cookies, sports and soft drinks, and chicken soup.