Overall this marathon was well organized and well covered by both police and volunteers. Plenty of rest and water stops. Although it rained and is prone to do this at this time of the year here, the race course itself goes through very beautiful neighborhoods, has the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and is well attended. The only negative comment I would have is they need to start on time irregardless and try and figure ot how to get more people out to cheer. Having past runners who have had successful careers in the sport there to cheer you on and run in some cases, was an added bonus. Their insights and well wishes were very much appreciated by all.
If not competitive, run slow and steady at a comfortable pace that enables you to enjoy the scenery and course while still enjoying the distance and ambiance. Make an effort to meet with older runners prior to the race and get some encouragement and insight into proper running techniques. Run at pace you can maintain and be sure to take water and fluids and snacks as necessary so as to not dehydrate or cramp. Do proper distance training weeks prior to the actual race building up your mileage weekly.
You need to arrive at least an hour prior to the race in order to get parked, stretched and acclimated to the area prior to the run. There are a number of hotels within a couple of miles of the course which can be a bit pricy but it you go alitle southwest of the run uptown you can find some reasonably priced hotels just off 84 near the airport and further west along West Overland St. Parking is quite large near the race site and the college is within a mile of the start which also hosts a number of parking spots.
By Anonymous about 2016
Too late of a start (noon) and then that was delayed, well organized otherwise and a great course.