Sunday, June 20, 2010
Grandma's Marathon Race Review
Overall Rating ... 3 out of 5 Stars
This race is billed as "World Class Event. Small Town Charm". I think I would grade that title a B- for accuracy. The name is fairly accurate, but it has some holes. I probably didn't take advantage of Duluth, MN the way I could have. And part of my less than favorable remembrance of the experience was because I had to stay in Superior, WI - pretty bad.
The race itself is very scenic, but overall, a pretty boring and uneventful course. You basically run along a Great Lakes Highway the first 20 miles and then round it out in the town of Duluth. The view of Lake Superior is beautiful, but there's not a lot there to occupy your mind for 26 miles. There are almost no spectators for most of the race, but they are great at the end. The finish area is nice with an average medal, but there were some organizational issues with shuttle buses back to the hotels.
This will surprise a lot of people who have ran this VERY POPULAR RACE - but honestly, considering the complete package of race, location, and organization ... it's probably my least favorite so far ... I only give it 3 out of 5 stars.