One of the steepest, most sustained downhills of any marathon in the world. Train on downhills at the end of long runs. During race day, run downhills (especially at the start) no faster than 20 seconds faster than goal MP.
If you can afford it, stay at main host hotel. Nice place, logistics are so much easier.
By Elaine about 2012
Major net downhill, but up hill around mile 12 can be very difficult and discouraging.
Wear throw away warm layers. It is very cold at the start then can quickly warm up.
By EO about 2012
Fun race, but the logistics were poor. There was confussion about where drop bags should be left at the start. I ended up losing my trainers and a long sleeve because my bag was not at the finish. The web site crashed the day of so I could call anyone to try and retrieve it after either. By the time the site was back up with the number to call the bags had gone to good will.
Don't use the drop bags. The course has a lot of downhill, train for it. Take the first 5 miles easy or you will pay for it at the end.