I'll never go back to this one. (about: 2002)|
A Runner from grand rapids mn (4/22/02)
I will preface my comments by stating that I've only run 13 marathons.
This was a boring double-loop course with hardly any fan support. This was not a big deal as I didn't expect much based upon the location. My biggest gripe is that their 'aid' stations were 3 miles apart and had only water. No replacement fluids, candy, bananas, pretzels, or anything related to noursishment. I started cramping early and was fortunate to mooch some salt tablets and a balance bar off of another runner. I thought that taking care of the runners was up to the organizers.
The post race food consisted of bananas, store bought generic vanilla cookies, and McDonald's orange drink. Most races I can get enough to be satisfied. Here I had to make a beeline to Burger king to get some salt back into my system
To top it all off, the medal is a generic one that has a runner on it (the kind you'd get at a high school track meet). The back of it shows clear evidence of grinding and buffing with a tiny engraving that says 'Longest Day Marathon Finisher.' IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THE MEDAL WAS RECYCLED. What an insult.
Compared with other small town races with similar entry fees I couldn't believe how many corners they cut here to lower expenses and felt that my $40 entry fee was about $30 too high.. One would think they'd have gotten the idea after 32 years.
I wouldn't go back here if they gave me free transportation, free registration, free hotel, and a $100 cash.