Wow. Looks like people have some pretty strong feelings on this.
First of all, I totally admire and appreciate the volunteers and have never even hinted at anything less. I also admire and appreciate the race director and staff.
Is the race great? Yes, thatís why Iíve run it 7 times.
Could it be better? I happen to think so, though I am obviously in the minority.
In my opinion, most ultras do provide a wider range of choices at the aid stations. The marathon may be only 26.2 miles, but based on terrain and time, it is an ultra. I know how much gels cost, but I find it difficult to understand why a gel maker wouldnít sponsor a prestigious race such as this.
Iíve also been spoiled by the finish line festivities at the North Fork Trail Race, Mt Werner Classic, and others.
Just one manís unpopular opinion.