Great summer marathon (about: 2013)|
M. B. from Missouri (9/20/13)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Sunriver Marathon for a Cause
The website for this race advertised that the first registrant from each state would receive 2 nights free lodging at the Sunriver Lodge. I was one of those recipients. I discovered this myself after emailing the RD to inquire. I got a response that she was late getting the vouchers out but would be soon. Six weeks went by, still no voucher for the rooms. After contacting the RD again, I did receive the gift certificate for the lodging......with the 3-4 days during the marathon event VOIDED! Seriously? Decided to rearrange my travel plans and at least make use one of the two nights. After emailing the address on the certificate, requesting the date to use my coupon, I was told there were no rooms available....even though the website indicated there were. Found the whole thing about the free lodging basically a gimmick for recruiting out of state runners. If you're going to use this as a means to lure runners to your race, then you need to honor the offer. As a result, I had a slight negative attitude going in to the race. However, the race itself was superb. Nice course, running almost entirely on bike paths. Volunteers were very nice and helpful. Aid stations were all very well stocked and manned. Even though the course meandered around a lot it was not hard to follow the path because there were pink ribbons to lead you in the right direction. It is a small race but it seemed like you were always around someone. The half marathoners started after the marathoners so the faster runners eventually caught up and passed you. Then on the second half of the course you were constantly encountering cyclists and leisure runners. I liked this aspect of the race. Nice finish area where we received a commemorative pint glass, with the marathon logo on it, and a free beer. Proceeds go to a great cause which made it even better.