District of Columbia,
- 6 miles/10K, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Virtual Race
- Road Race
First I'll just start off with the Pros and Cons.
Amazing expo, probably one of the best I've been too. If you forgot to pack something, they had it there.
The course, I enjoy running through DC. There's lots to see, and even though it poured rain for half the marathon, the crowds were out cheering every step of the way. The Blue Mile is humbling, and seeing friends and family stopping when they came to a photo of a loved one was quite the experience.
The Finish Line area, was organized well and everything was easy to get to, this was also a con I will get to.
Aid Stations were well spread gout and the orange slices were a welcome refreshment.
The people. Every turn there was a group of people cheering, even when it was pouring out, the town came out to cheer everyone on.
The finish line area. There are several blocks closed off for runners and family to meet up. They even have giant signs that say family meet up, but everyone had to crowd where the fence ended so it was impossible to find anyone and even harder to get through. I get you want to find your friend or family, but give us some space to move.
The rain then the sun. I know the Marines and DC cannot control the weather, but this was a miserable weather experience. From gusting winds and pouring rain and flooded streets, to the heat and humidity when the sun came out. It was an experience.
Overall I enjoyed my trip to DC to run the Marine Corp Marathon. The Marines did a fantastic job organizing and being on course cheering and directing everyone on the route. The course is challenging, but not difficult and you can see a lot of DC, even parts of town I've never been to, and this was my second marathon there in the last 2 years. I'm disappointed that I didn't get to go see the Smithsonian this time, but there is plenty to do around the National Harbor.
If you're thinking about signing up for the Marine Corp Marathon, I highly recommend it.