This race will get better. (about: 2013)|
Jay Marshall from Northern Illinois (10/29/13)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Dawn of the Dunes
I decided to run the Marathon 3 days before the race, and I was happy to find it. The organization was lacking, but I had arrived early so I was prepared. There were signs made for each mile, but I saw them in an SUV after the race! They had not been posted on the course. I did pick up that there were green paint marks on the pavement marking the miles. There needed to be better directions for parking. The support from the Gary Police Department was very good. The streets were safe to run on no question. They needed a PA at the starting line. It was cool that the metal in the medal was recycled, but the design of the medal and the thickness was not very good. I thought the Sun Design on the Web page would have made an awesome medal. There needed to be more aid stations. The course was nice, but not above average. I don't think I would ever rate a two lap course higher than three stars unless I was a spectator. There were 200 half marathoners, and less than 50 marathoners so it was nice that the crowds had thinned out after the race. The plaques were nice, and it was cool to get them from the Mayor, but find a local artisan and make something out of steel! I think I will come back. It was a fun day for me. The neighbors in the houses along the course were few and far between, but the ones that were out, were awesome! Some even just opened the door and yelled as we went by the second time. There were not very many of us!