I have been meaning to drop you a note and tell you how impressed we were with your marathon, and your beautiful state. My husband and I have been race directors for several small local races, and we can only imagine the work that goes into putting on a marathon and half marathon. You guys make it look easy! And I know it is anything but.
Everything was so perfect from the helpful race instructions you e-mailed ahead of time, the pasta dinner, the breakfast, the smooth and easy transportation to the start, and the BEAUTIFUL course. I suppose you were also responsible for all the friendly folks we ran with - the cheering section and tireless announcer at the finish line, the home-baked bread, and boysenberry malt, and very especially the very cool race shirt that fit everyone from my XL husband to women's S me! Very cool!
We were all grins all weekend. You can see in the attached photo that Bobby and I are also sporting our potato lapel pins. The only sad note was that my warm-up jacket did not turn up at the finish line. It was inexpensive, and I told myself no big deal, but I missed it, and was in fact on my way out the door to shop for another jacket when the mailman arrived with your package containing my jacket! Far beyond the call of duty.
You have my heartfelt thanks, and I am recommending your marathon to all our marathoning friends. Many happy miles to you all, and many thanks again for putting on a world-class race. PB, Illinois