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Poster: 4 x Detroit
Subject: RE: Gebrselassie on Detroit Marathon
I've run Detroit for the past 4 years.
Every year I am amazed that they can't get the mile markers in the right spots. Who is the idiot in charge of this and why can't he/she get it right?
The Ford field finish was great because once you finished killing your self in the marathon you could lie down on the field and recover / stretch. The new finish funnels you into a friggin' parking lot where you can sit on a curb and dig through your crappy bag of food for some nourishment.
The finish line food at Ford field was better as well. This year they gave you a bag with an apple, an orange, melted granola bar, chips, sawdust bagel & crappy yogurt drink. What do I really want? I'm glad you asked. Bananas, good bagels, gatorade and water (in bottles, not cups).
The course is okay. Nothing spectacular but the trip into Canada (over the bridge and back through the tunnel) is pretty nice. The foray onto Belle Isle, not so nice. Nothing like high winds and vast tracts of open land to get you through miles 17-20.
The Expo and start are okay. Parking isn't bad only because it's a small marathon. Volunteers were good and there are plenty of aid stations - though a few are on the wrong side of the road every year.
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