Great community support (about: 2010)|
M. L. from Calgary (6/28/10)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Fallen 4 Marathon
This small-town marathon ranks way up there for community spirit and is our new "hidden gem." Thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers, as well as the supportive relay runners in their cars, who more than made up for the lack of spectators.
:) wide shoulder on the highway
:) traffic directed to the far lane
:) point-to-point with optional bus ride to the start
:) ample porta- potties
:) KM markers every KM
:) 5-star organization
:) relay in progress at the same time
:) 5-star BBQ and post-race food!!!!!
:) beautiful medal and nice tech shirts
:) fuel belt draw prizes
One suggestion I have is to direct the marathoners/finishers back to the Miller Center for the BBQ - we thought the finish line snacks (not much left after the relay runners came in - and no more coffee) were all that were being offered until we showed up for the awards.
Our daughter did the 5K on Saturday, and from what we could tell, the same attention to making it a great experience for the fun run and 5Kers was applied.
In response to a previous comment, I did not find there to be too long of a wait until the awards as we milled around on the grass watching others finish, had a leisurely walk back to the center, enjoyed the food, showered and chatted a bit with others. I'm sure the marathon runners appreciated the timing of the awards; there's nothing worse than finishing a long run with no one left around. Thank you for catering to the marathoners as well as the relay teams.