The volunteers were simply awesome. They had plenty of drinks ready and were there to cheer you on. They were mostly young people too - so major props to them. The organization was also pretty spot on. From race communications, to packet pickup, to having bathrooms available at the start, to course safety, the race director had it down. Also the price was fairly reasonable, considering the lengths they had to go through (I think I paid in the low 100s) While I seem to be done on this race, nothing could be further from the truth. I loved the course. I just wish I could've enjoyed it more but I was really struggling throughout. The views were just outstanding and there was plenty of variety. I just suffered almost from mile 1 onwards.
Well, this race didn't go to plan at all. I just struggled almost from mile 7 until the finish. I ran into a similar situation when I ran the 2013 edition. I think in 2013 I was under trained. This version, I am over trained and have done way too much in the past few weeks. With two not-so-good races in the past few weeks, it is probably time to take notice and take a bit of a break from racing. That being said, the organizers of the Ogden Marathon did a fantastic job. They had plenty of aid stations that were well-stocked with enthusiastic volunteers. The aid stations had Gatorade, water and gels and food. Also there were plenty of bathrooms. I only had to wait about 5 - 10 minutes 30 minutes before the race start to use one. Also, there were plenty of on-course bathrooms.
For the price, the race is expensive. I paid over $150 for the race (about a month before registration closed), making it one of the most expensive races I've ever done. I suspect a lot of the cost is for the park service and buses. I hate to say it, but I sort of expected more for the price. I loved the course -- there are so many stellar views and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this race to those wanting to conquer Colorado and have a PR-worthy course.
Overall I really liked this race. It is a low key event with only about 150 runners and there wasn't a lot of stress involved. Parking, packet pickup, pricing, etc, wasn't a hassle at all. You can tell the race director really cares about putting on a quality race.
After finishing, I really wanted to crawl under a rock and die. When a race such as a marathon doesn't go to plan it is easy to get mad and make you want to throw your running shoes at the clock. I have run enough of these, however, to know that you have your good days and bad days. While this was a rough day, I did learn something: don't overeat the day before the race and I will live to race again. While my time was embarrassing (for me), I did accomplish another finish and I kept the streak of Las Vegas marathons going. I was very happy with my experience. I prefer last year's course over this year's but I suspect the Fremont people weren't happy with us blocking the thoroughfare. I sincerely hope they allow us to run down Fremont and the World Market Center. Course support was good. There were plenty of water stops and most had Gatorade and water. There were a few spots that had gels but I was self-sufficient. Medic support was ample and I didn't have any problems with nausea once I finished.
This race was done phenomenally well. I have my doubts about the accuracy of the mile markers (some were missing too -- or at least I didn't see them) but the course support was excellent. The volunteers really seemed to care for you and offered a ton of encouragement. They were a well oiled machine through and through. There was plenty of Powerade / Water and Cliff Bar shots. They also had fruit and you have to really hand it to the volunteers for putting up with being out in the freezing rain. I was also pleasantly surprised with the fan base. There were just a ton of people rooting for you at some of the major intersections. While you won't find throngs of people every 100 yards like a mega marathon, they were very enthusiastic and powering your way down the final stretch is empowering. This race is also worthy of traveling to. My understanding is that they had entrants from nearly every state and there were a lot of Marathon Maniacs there as well. For non-Utahns the scenery is outstanding and worth checking out (I've seen the area a lot of times, but I still love it).