Brutally Challenging, but Gorgeous! (about: 2011)|
Jackson Ludwig from Seattle, WA (11/30/12)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 The North Face Endurance Challenge - San Francisco
This is a really cool, and unique race in the Marin Headlands along the coast. Be prepared for lots of elevation gain (4000ft plus for the marathon distance), but sweeping sunny views of the Pacific Ocean. The run is on trails, and conditions could vary significantly depending on the weather. Running was competitive, yet peaceful. I could hear the breeze in the trees and the waves of the ocean, a welcome change from distracting/loud major marathons. Best race I've done! Only thing I'd warn about is trail markings were poor in places, and water stations are far appart (3-4 miles). If they had more volunteers at key intersections to help direct runners (and better marked flagging) this would be the perfect race! Also be prepared to share the path with other runners in some spots, as varying distance races all occur roughly at the same time (marathon, half, 50K, 50 Mile). There are very few mile markers, so have your pace down:-) Prize purse money is for the 50 mile runners only.