Gobbler Grind Marathon and Half Marathon Official Website
The "Nitty Gritty" Details (User Opinions)
|Enough Aid Stations: No||Good for First Timers: Yes||Enough Porta Potties: No|
|Cool Schwag: Yes||Course Clearly Marked: No||Spectator Friendly: No|
|Good Expo: No||Good Photography: Yes||Traffic on Course: No|
1 Reviews for Gobbler Grind Marathon and Half Marathon
This was a smaller race, and when the marathoners split from the half-marathoners, there were times when you would be running by yourself. There's no sense of competition, and going through the part through the trails was rather peaceful.
We got a long-sleeve tech shirt, which is nice to get compared to the cheap T-shirt I got at one of the Rock 'n' Roll events. Although the expo was quite small, everybody was able to get free race gloves at one of the booths. Being a small race, the entry fee was much lower than other marathons. The course was very flat, and the weather was perfect throughout the whole race. It was overcast, very ideal for running. The start/finish was also close by the host hotel (The DoubleTree), which was less than a mile away. Another plus for this race is that there is Day of Race packet pick-up!
The 5K runners started at the same time as the Half and Full marathoners. They should have started half hour later so there aren't as many people on the course at the beginning.
There were 2 turnarounds for the full marathon without any chip mats. There wasn't even anybody at the 2nd turnaround to monitor us. This makes it easier for runners to "cheat" by turning around a lot sooner. If I've had cheated, I would have placed higher in my age group. That's what I get for having integrity.
People did not line up by their pace times at the start line. There were several walkers near the front, and the runners had to maneuver around them.
The course was marked with yellow arrows on the sidewalk and trails, which were easy to see. What I didn't like was they skimped on the yellow markings at the last mile. Between Miles 25 and 26, I came across an intersection with no markings. Because there was nobody in front of me, I had to wait for the next runner behind me to catch up to ask him if we go straight or make a right."
Reviewed by a: First Time Participant for 2009