Good race; tough for a 1st time trail run (about: 2013)|
P. G. from San Diego, CA (11/15/13)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 New Catalina Eco Marathon
This was my 10th marathon, but 1st trail marathon. The first 3 miles seemed straight uphill, and steep uphill at that! I almost decided to turn back at mile 7 and call it quits. But the middle third of the course was much more tolerable. The last third was more nasty hills and steep, rocky downhill trails. Funny, I was cussing and thinking 'I have no business being here - never should have signed up!' Then I found out I finished 3rd in my age group and suddenly felt much better. Everything is relative, I guess. Views of the sea were spectacular - saw one bison running a great distance away - nifty. People were friendly, calm, excellent in all ways. Modest but well-placed and reliable aid stations. Avalon is a touristy but fun little town to visit. Putting aside my weakling grousing and lack of trail preparation, this is a great marathon in a lovely spot.