Best small town marathon (about: 2012)|
M. D. from Utah (7/29/12)
11-50 previous marathons
| 2 Morgan Valley Marathons
I have run this marathon in it's inaugural year and now in it's second year and both were wonderfully well done for a small race.
COURSE: Rolling hills of country paved roads with a few miles run in small town America. Even though this is an open course I felt extremely safe running on the roadways. A neighborly wave from the passing cars and trucks was the norm to see. All turns were either clearly marked on the pavement or a volunteer was there to guide you in the direction you needed to go. A half dozen police officers on motorcycle could be seen driving past on occasion to ensure our safety.
Organization: Vey well organized, the package pickup the day before went smooth and people could easily get their packets and bibs prior to the race. The aid stations were plenty along the course and stocked with everything a runner could want...water, sports drinks, gels, fruit, snacks, water mists etc. The roving Marathon Butlers (4 wheelers with people to aid you along the way) was an added reassurance since the heat picked up for the second half of the race.
SPECTATORS: Unless you brought your own, there aren't many along the course. The aid station volunteers made up for the lack of spectators though and a few goats and horses along the way gave their nods of approval as well.
Post race activities were equally well organized. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, water, soda, chocolate milk, fruit, snacks candy and plenty of massage tables!
Live Bands with thousands of spectators this race is not but if you are looking for a small well organized race with tons of character and genuinely nice people, this race is for you.