Lord willing, in just over two weeks I will be running the Richmond Marathon for the third time. It will be my 18th marathon since I began running 6 years ago. This year I am running it as a charity race for UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, where Becky was treated.
The Richmond Marathon is a fantastic race. Here are some things I like about it:
1. The all-downhill to the finish line on Brown's Island is pure adrenaline and a great way to end any race. There's plenty of space to stretch out, lots of grass, and the junk food stations and the pizza are delicious.
2. The combination of running along the James with the urban vibe is amazing.
3. There are hills that you don't really expect but nothing too major (unlike the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincy or the St. George Marathon in Utah).
4. Packet pick-up is always easy and well-organized.
5. The crowds are amazing, and even when there aren't many crowds the views are incredible.
6. Lots of bands along the course.
7. Wet washcloths are handed out twice along the route. There are also pretzels, gummy bears, and muffins.
8. The finisher's medal is lovely.
9. There are water stops every mile starting at mile 20.
10. The volunteers are fantastic and I am always very grateful for them.
A marathoner can hardly ask for more. My thanks so much to everyone who has a hand in organizing this awesome sporting event. Run Richmond if you can!