Was well organized and well staffed with a nice and flat course, but the weather was so bad (very humid with periods of hard rain) that it was hard to focus on exact details.
Check with the weatherman!
Flat and well-organized race
By Jennifer about 2010
This was my first marathon so I only have one other marathon to compare it to. I thought it was well organized. There were not many people cheering for you along the course. It does primarily go through neighborhoods so you would think there would be more people out. I wish they had more bathrooms at the start. I recommend it as a first marathon. I do plan on doing it again this year.
It is completely flat. My friend who has done 20 marathons told me to just do even splits and it worked well for me until about mile 22.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn on Baymeadows. It is an okay place, but close to the start and finish line. Lots of restaurants close by.
Great Flat, Mid-sized Race
By Greg H about 2010
This is a great mid sized race. About as flat as you can get. The weather can be a bit unpredictable and it can get humid. The 7am start and having most of the course run through shaded neighborhoods helps keep the heat down.
The course is very flat - no hills at all - so it is easy to maintain consistent splits. The course winds through shaded neighborhoods except for the first and last 2-3 miles (San Jose Blvd). Last couple mile stretch on San Jose is hard because back in sun and the long, straight stretch just seems to go on forever. Last half mile is on dirt fields and then finish on a track.
Parking at Bolles or on the street is available until around 6am. Everyone seems to arrive right at 6, so get there at 5:50 and there is plenty of parking. If you plan to arrive at the start after 6am, I would suggest using one of the race shuttles. I've stayed at the Candlewood Suites which is not too far from the race start - maybe 10 minutes. It is pretty cheap.