Packet Pick Up. Simple and to the point…at some of the big city marathons the race expo up-stages the race. I’ve logged nearly as many miles trying to get thu one big city marathon as I did running the race and left feeling beat up. NOT with Tobacco Road I left this expo with my needed items and ready for the following race day. The expo features plenty of vendors to meet your needs but not so many as to overwhelm you.
Race Day Parking: I dropped the ball here for a nominal fee I could have purchased an on site parking pass, but someone I forgot too. Even with that snafu, the organizer had easy to access and safe “runner drop off zones” where us runners could be dropped off near race start. There was also shuttle service from off site parking.
Starting Line and Runners Village: The most important thing on race morning is the potta-pottie line. This was the first race where I thought, “hey, they have enough johns for the crowd.” Yes there were lines but they moved fast, I set a new PR in my line with less than a 10 minute wait. Even made a few new friends…. Try that at NYC, MCM, or Chicago!
The starting line was one of the best looking of the 15 marathons I have run, a large USA flag was the backdrop and it sent chills up my spine during the singing of the national anthem.
Race Support: Awesome…. I could use a bunch of flowery words but it is simple enough to say that at each aide station everyone’s mission was to get the runners what they needed and back out on the course. THANK YOU for all the support.
Pacers: I’ve run with pacers before…and a few have let me down. I’ve seen it all at other races, from going out to fast to one pair simply giving up their role mid race. But the 4 hour pacers were Rock Stars….keeping the pack behind them right on target. Unfortunately I fell off the back at mile 18/19 when the effects of a sinus infection, the day before race day, caught up with me. BUT my hats off the Mario and Lugi! I heard nothing but good words from all pace groups.
AND yes…this course is a PR marker….flat and fast!
And the bling…one picture says it all
The experience as a whole…..top notch! I did not get the race day results I wanted but that had nothing to do with the race. I will be back next year and hope to ring the PR bell at the finish. My full race report will be posted soon.
Thank you, Tobacco Road for a great race.