Published February 16th, 2009
Forget flowers, diamonds and boxes of chocolates; when it comes to celebrating the Hallmark holiday that is Valentine’s Day my darling and I do what we like best: we go running.
First up was the Valentines Marathon on February 8. We had no intention of running it, but when we saw several of our Maniac friends were signed up, we figured we might as well too. (I never imagined I’d be at a point where I could sign up for a marathon at the last minute). While I intended to run it extremely slow, my darling offered to pace one of our Maniac friends to a 3:30 PR.
This race, along with other “holiday” themed races put on by the same race director (Halloween, Christmas, Leprechaun, Easter) has quite the reputation among the Maniacs. It’s basically a love-hate relationship; while many appreciate having such races available, the organization leaves much to be desired. Although most are touted as being Boston certified, apparently the director has been known to change the course at whim. There are no road closures, so runners must be on the lookout for cars whizzing past at 50+ MPH. The t-shirts are old-school cotton and the timing at the end is suspect (there may or may not be a teenager there to mark your time; typically you have to hunt down the director to record what your Garmin states). While this wouldn’t be a problem if the race was inexpensive, for $65 I expect more. Still, we decided we’d have to run one and form our own opinion.