All that a small local marathon should be! (about: 2012)|
H. A. from Williamstown, MA USA (12/14/12)
50+ previous marathons
| 1 Placencia Marathon
A flat, tropical, coastal run, the only hills being periodic speed bumps on the asphalt road course. Started in the dark at 5:15 a.m., but the folks in Placencia Village, Belize were sitting on their porches to cheer the runners on. Water stations every mile had ample water and fruit. What the crowds lacked in numbers, they made up for with enthusiasm.
Pre-race pasta dinner and post-race party with beer and local music were as well done as any of the big city marathons I have run (actually they were better in Placencia). The aid stations were better than most marathons I have run, coming every mile and being well-stocked.
This race brought joy to the runners (both half and full marathons) and the great volunteer support staff and the communities of the Placencia peninsula as well.
Would I run this 'End of the World Marathon' again? You Bet! (presuming that the world doesn't end on 21 Dec 2012)