Fabulous Trail Marathon (about: 2008)|
G. M. from Charlottesville, Virginia (10/22/08)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Odyssey Trail Marathon
You couldn't ask for a better trail marathon. It's especially well organized, offers a beautiful and well marked course and great aid station workers, and has a good mix of terrain without anything too crazily technical.
Spectators get 5 stars because the organizers and aid station volunteers were outstanding. There were also a good number of spectators camping near the start/finish. Bear in mind, though, it's a trail run, not Chicago or NYC. For most of the race there won't be spectators lining the course.
The previously mentioned big up comes with a big down on the second half of the loop. It's fun, but stay in control - it has a number of tight switchbacks. Remember, too, that you'll be on the down and in a rather uneven (lots of roots, stumps) section of the course during miles 20-24 or so. Save some energy for this part of the course and you'll stay on your feet better. I caught a toe at mile 23 and went airborne.