It ended up being a great day for weather. No rain and considering that it had rained almost every stinking day in the last 2 weeks, this no rain thing was quite nice. The morning was cooler for June and that made the first 16 miles great. However, within 3 hours of the marathon it heated up kinda bad and since I'm a slower runner, I got a little warm and didn't finish under 5 hours, but it was close and the best thing is I felt great at the finish line, ready to run more. I know that in the future when I finally get a marathon day that has cold weather I'm going to get a really great finishing time. My goal is 4 hours 30 minutes.
Here are pictures that tell about the marathon.
|This was Lori Lucas. I met her the night before. She was on her 10th marathon. We shared a hotel room. I met her on the Marathon Maniacs facebook page. What a great way to meet other runners.|
|The bagpipe player at the beginning of the race. He looked awesome and played well too.|
|The trail. This is what it looks like most of the time. There are small portions that are paved, but most of it is just like this. Completely beautiful.|
|This is the jeep that led the race.|
|One of the great views from the trail.|
|Another amazing view.|
|Starting out. I think we were at at half mile by this point.|
|At the end with my finishing medal.|
|Me, Lou and Lori. I met Lou while running around mile 2. We ran together about 10 or so miles and he was on his 17th marathon. And Lori is the girl I met on Facebook, this was her 10th marathon.|
|My Garmin results!|
|A close up of the race shirt and the medal.|
Chip timed and accurate
flat course all the way except two little baby hills that are really tiny and short, nothing bad.
70% shaded course
LOTS of volunteers and course support
Bib for your scrapbook
Finishing medal that is nice
Raises money for the Troops!
Race Director communicates with you the same day you ask a question about the race.
Shirt that is really awesome and fit true to size.
4 wheelers drive up and down the course throughout the marathon to bring you more water, medical supplies if needed and Gatorade.
Food at the end.
Point to point course, so you can say you ran to another city.
Shuttles back to the start where your car is.
Printed out results for your scrapbook
Things that could be improved for this race:
Cooler weather. Ha, like that can be controlled. WELL DONE marathon by all who organized it.