Monday, October 21, 2019
Atlantic City Marathon
This is a small race, almost 900 in the half and just under 650 in the marathon. Since they had the stats, I'll pass on that they had a few more women in the half and almost twice as many men in the marathon. Being a small race, it also had a small expo. The expo, start line and post game "festivities" are at Bally's Hotel and Casino. This made everything convenient and you could park at the hotel so I didn't have far to go once I finished.
It was cool and partly cloudy at the start, but the forecast was 100% chance of rain in an hour or two. They got that right. The start was on time and it wasn't so crowed that you had to walk much after the gun, this even though both races start together. Much of the race is on the boardwalk, and while it's not bad, it's not my favorite surface. We started on the boardwalk, but run on the city streets quite a bit also. Crowd support was so so, but enthusiastic. The race has a few hills, but I wouldn't call it hilly. The race finishes on the boardwalk also, and it was raining pretty good by then. However, it was not slippery and I didn't have any issues. I finished the race, but didn't hang around since I was heading home right after. Lucky me got to spend the night at Love Field in Dallas last night since my flight was cancelled because of the severe weather they had.
This is not a bad race, but I am not impressed with Atlantic City. I'd been there over 20 year ago, and remember not thinking much of it then either.