Great opportunity to run fast and have tons of fun (about: 2012)|
T. K. from Albuquerque, NM (6/10/12)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Huff to Bluff Marathon
This race was excellently organized, well supported and an absolute blast to run. The volunteers, who probably outnumbered the runners, were cheerful, helpful, and genuinely excited to be there. This race is definitely well endorsed by the community and I will hopefully return soon.
The course is great for a fast time despite the high altitude at the start. Most of the course is downhill netting a net 1400' drop, although a few rolling hills in the second half can make the legs scream a bit. However, temperatures in the 50s and a tailwind in 2012 gave this race nearly perfect conditions.
The race director was on top of everything down to the minor details. He ensured that the runners were safe on an open course, which ran along the shoulder of a highway against traffic. Police were seen frequently cruising the course to maintain runner safety. Other small touches gave this race a unique personality. Runners were allowed to drop water bottles at packet pickup to be used at specific aid stations during the race much like elite athletes can in larger races. The treasure finding prize which rewarded the person who found the most money on the race course was another unique aspect. Finally, the finish and post race recovery was well staffed and competently put together.
The Bluff Fort is a perfect space for runners to gather, receive massages, eat, drink, and await the award ceremony. The awards, by the way, were spectacular. Handmade pottery awards went to the age group winners and stunning raffle prizes like balloon rides or rafting trips down the San Juan were abundant. This race is a must do for anyone who enjoys small town hospitality, environment, and atmosphere of the gorgeous southwest.