Saturday, October 23, 2010
2010 Denver Marathon - Course Highlights
So this was the first year Denver was an 'official' Rock and Roll marathon. The change was for the better. Don't get me wrong, the 'old' Denver Marathon (which I've run three times) was really nice. But the addition of a larger production increased the crowd size as well as the amenities.
The start area was about the same, except this year they had more formal corrals based on an 'honor' system of submitting your predicted finish time before hand. Enforcement wasn't heavy handed - so I'm not sure if it changed much - although I suspect awareness probably does have an impact. I definitely didn't feel as bunched up as last year in the early part - but even the bunching of years past wasn't terrible and it opened up with plenty of the 26.2 to go!
The on course bands were 'ok' - it really was frustrating to a lot of us that many of them were either playing 'lame / slow / depressing' music (not 'Rock 'N Roll') - which isn't conducive to running, but also many were taking breaks or just putting in a half effort. To me - if you sign up to play the event, then put forward the effort. I'm sure there are lots of bands that would like to do it.
Big shout out to the band playing 'unofficially' on the lawn of a house on the West side of Wash. They were there last year too and they were better this year. But mostly, like last year they were 'fun' and 'enthusiastic'. Great job guys!!
The water / feed stations were excellent. I actually took my own bottle for the first 8 miles to avoid the melee that is the first few aid stations, but honestly probably could have hit mile 4 or 5 and not been in too much of a cluster-frag. I just liked having my own 'sauce' for a bit (Cytomax Fruit Punch if you care to know).
Luckily I didn't have to 'stop off' anywhere, but the porto's were 'there' on the course. As usual there could have been more porta potties at the start (in Paige's words - figure out how many you think you'll need, then double it). But it wasn't terrible.
The after event was nice. Good chute funneling you out. Good commentating at the end. Food / water handouts had a few choices - so that's nice. Very well organized.
Family meeting areas were a nice touch with letter placards of last names which made it easy for Paige and I to find each other after the race. She ran the 8 mile first leg of the relay with 'Mommy Mayhem'. btw - she found out later that pop culture seems to 'misuse' the word 'Mayhem' - it actually means specifically dismemberment.
The beer tent was nice - but they ran out of beer. Luckily we were there early enough to be quenched.
All in all, nice course, great organization!!