Best organization seen on the day of the race! (about: 2011)|
KATTYA SANCHEZ from Costa Rica, Central America (6/29/11)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Comrades Marathon (88km)
Organization the day of the race, in one word: Awesome! And I have to say that for an international, this means a lot!
It all begins at number pick up, where you get all the instructions and a booklet with all the information about the race, including how many refreshment tables will be on the route and what kind of products you are going to find in each one... You also get the information about buying the bus ticket to make the route in bus on Friday morning before the race, with guides who explains you everything about it.(If you have family, don´t worry...you can buy tickets for them too.) If you are international runner, they also ask you if you want to buy special tickets for your family to go to the finish line the day of the race, and other tickets to stay in a special tent where they can eat and drink beverages while waiting, and where they can check how is going on with their runner in computers.
The day of the race is just THE DAY: 47 refreshment tables with water, Energade (like Powerade),Pepsi, in some of them potatoes, bananas, oranges, biscuits, power gels and a lot of other things that runners need. In some of them the supporters gave you vaseline, spray sunblock to you, and even gives you massages... I have been in Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, and I have not seen this level of support for the runner!!!
And let's talk about the spectators: can´t be better... A lot of people in most part of the route, where they can have access..., giving support, calling your name and your Country, no words...!
And what about the South African runners? All the route they give support to the international runners, giving advices and words that gives you spirit and strength!
And during the race, your friends can see your advance during the race and your splits on the website...and you can have your finish time almost at the moment you arrive...
The only cons that I can say is the information on the web site, that most of the time was not update. It also gives little information for the international runners, specially about what facilities you have for the people who is giving you support the day of the race (family, friends, etc.). And the confirmation process of your entry is really slow... but this is nothing compares to the pros... And if you need help, you can contact to the ambassadors of the race: very kindly people who in a voluntary way helps others planning their Comrades race (emails are on the web).
The course is hard, because the hills are very long and they appear through all the course... But that's part of it's beauty!
And for South Africa, this is the RACE, so the days before and after the race, the Comrades Spirits will really gets to you, everybody and everything has to be with Comrades!!
I really recommend this race for any one who likes to enjoy something different!!!