I’ve had some time to reflect on the events from this past Sunday and wanted to produce a list of pros and cons from my first Steamtown Marathon Experience.
Pre-race notifications were great, although I had to find them first(find the asst race director’s twitter page and click on the link to the newsletter.
Website tracked weekly entries until the race was sold out.
Lots of options for hotels and restaurants in the area that were not $200/night
Held a pre-race meeting at the expo talking about the course
Race morning there were tons of busses ready to heard everyone 45 min to the start line
Forrest City Middle School was well organized. We had a guy with a sign saying “Follow me”, cheerleaders screaming cheers and handing out water.
There were plenty of volunteers and water stops along the way, even random water stops
At almost every water stop there were 2-3 port-o-pots (I’m a guy, I pee in the woods)
They had plenty of photographers along the course and even after the finish line
They gave us a plastic bag to put our food in.
They had showers for us at a local college
Stupid Mother Nature made it 30 degrees at the start.
The expo was lacking in merchandise to sell.
The goodie bag included one crappy pair of really small orange sunglasses from an eye doctor, and lots of junk paper.
The start line wasn’t spaced out enough, took almost a minute to cross the start.
I didn’t know your ‘official time’ is clock time, not chip time.
There were no energy gels on the course, just apples and oranges (and gummy bears that I only noticed after I passed them) Good thing I bought some gels at the expo
I found my new best friend/running partner Tim’s name but could not find him on Facebook to thank him.
I found some pictures also! http://www.runphotos.com/browse.cfm?race_id=192&bib_number=665&searchword=&subFind=Find+Photos
My legs have been pretty beat up these last few days but I went out last night and did a real easy 3 miles. The first mile was slow, and downhill. I felt like my dad running. (limping mostly) Then the road flattened out and went slightly uphill and I could pick up the pace and work out some of that lactic acid and I actually felt pretty good at the end.