Would Definitely Recommend (about: 2011)|
D. J. from Corpus Christi (2/21/11)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon
Flat as a pancake and two loops. If by chance, small chance, you could get a March cool-front in Texas, this could be a PR course. But being Galveston, a south wind means high humidity. The wind can be a little tough on some sections due to the proximity to the beach, but overall not a problem. In fact, the wind can have a good cooling effect on a warm day.
Also the course was well coned, marked, and staffed with encouraging volunteers at every turn.
Great! Race director very alacritous. Pre-race area in small park area 20 yards from start line. Finish line same spot, with nice little post-race gathering with free food and beverages, including beer.
Water stations were plentiful and well stocked. Also, gels were provided every 4-6 miles. There were also official pace runners for every 10-minute stagger (3:00, 3:10, etc), which is quite unusual for a race with fewer than 1,000 entrants.
Lastly, all volunteers were very helpful and friendly.
Overall, would definitely recommend. In fact, events like this are the most fun. An event organized like a major marathon, but small enough not to be a logistic pain.