Nice, small marathon (about: 2011)|
J. L. from San Angelo, TX (11/6/11)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Marathoning for Miracles
2011 race was highlighted by a brutal headwind for the first 12 miles, and by the small turnout. Reduced number of runners was possibly due to: 1) Cost, which was less, but not significantly so, than the price of 'destination' marathons; 2) Registration cutoff 2 weeks before the race; and 2) Scheduling, as the race is sandwiched between many destination races in Texas (including San Antonio).
Course is flat to slightly rolling, mainly rural. Most is on the shoulder of two-lane highways or on roads that are open to traffic, though traffic was extremely light (mainly family of runners stopping to wait and take pictures). Late in the race there's about a mile on a caliche road, which throws up a lot of dust in the wind or with the few passing vehicles.
Race is well organized, and course is well marked. Plenty of enthusiastic volunteers and water stations. No spectators to speak of. Lots of running alone, but I enjoy that.
This was a nice, small race in rural West Texas that benefits a good cause. I prefer smaller races, and likely will run this marathon again.