Unique fun marathon (about: 2011)|
C. S. from USA (10/30/11)
50+ previous marathons
Great race. You start when you're ready (chip timed) and try to finish closest to Midnight (no watches allowed). No prizes for speed; this is a prediction run, so set your pace goal and go. You run in the graveyard in the dark, quite different from the usual marathon. I usually run in the early morning in dark without a light, so, I didn't think I needed to wear one for this race. However, I would highly recommend you wear/have some kind of light.
First, because the much of the trail and roads you run on are not smooth, there is broken up pavement, gravel, potholes, bridge edges and uneven surfaces throughout the course. I did trip and fall once because I missed seeing some uneven pavement.
Second, because in many areas it is two way traffic and it was hard to see other oncoming runners who didn't have a light. Most runners were smarter than me and did have a light and the race officials did give you a glow ring to wear so you could be seen (I wore mine on my head), however, there were runners with no light at all and I had a near miss with one.
In the open areas the moon did provide light and it was fairly easy to see then, but there are many trees and it was dark under them. I did see 3 deer, obviously disturbed by runners in their graveyard at night, but alas, no ghosts. The majority of runners wore costumes and there were some great ones. Several runners wore costumes with lights, in the tutu, along the chaps, wrapped around a pumpkin costume, or draped down the back and legs, they were great! Some of the lights were so bright, that's all the runner needed to light their way!
You run 4 loops, passing the main area 4 times and there were 2 other supply stations with Gatorade/gels/water, one set up so you pass it 3 times each loop (with great volunteers there), so there is plenty of aid on the course. I also had my own preferred refreshment at the main (start/finish) area, which I got each time I passed. There were not spectators on the course but some supporters were at the main area and cheered as you ran by. The course is hilly but the hills are not huge and I like rolling hills. They had a warm tent and hot food , including vegetarian chili (I'm vegetarian so this was really appreciated) for after the race. You received a VERY nice running jacket, nice technical orange shirt (great for Halloween), running gloves, a plastic tiara/wand (if woman), and nice medal for running this race; very nice goodies!!!!! They had an area set up at the end with lights and a Screaming Pumpkins backdrop for taking pictures. What more can I say, an interesting fun race, great goodies, good food after, well organized race, and a challenging course. I highly recommend this marathon!!