Best first-time marathon, ever! (about: 2013)|
S. K. from Southern Indiana (9/29/13)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Mill Race Marathon
Wow! This is my 23rd marathon, and it is by far-and-away the best! The organization took care of everything, even parking passes for participants! The organization was superb, the fans were great, and the volunteers - the best! The city of Columbus, despite its size, is ranked 6th in the nation for architecture. The race course went by many of the outstanding buildings in the community. Police did an excellent job of protecting us enroute.
This was the first time this race has been run, and one of the sponsors, Cummings Engine teamed up with a local car dealer to give away a Dodge Ram 2500 with a 6.7 litre Cummings Diesel Engine to a finisher of either the full or half marathon. It didn't matter where you placed, as long as you finished in the required time and be present when the winner is announced. The winner of the truck was a young woman that completed the half.
Two small glitches, that are laughable when you think about it. The pre-race ceremony was held at the finish line, and the signs for the expected pace to help runners line up prior to the start were also mistakenly placed at the finish line instead of the start line. The finish was a block over from the start, and once the error on the sign placement was discovered, and corrected, was only about 3-5 minutes before the gun went off for the start.
One more comment, unless you're staying overnight after the race, don't stay at the Comfort Inn and Suites. They did not allow for a late check-out. However, the Tipton Lakes Athletic Club allowed me to come over and shower afterwards. Thanks TLAC!