We are looking to set up a Wednesday evening Training Group (EVERYONE IS WELCOME FROM ANY TRAINING PROGRAM) to run up Bachman Place (replicating the hill of 163). Details to come!
Some of my favorite haunts, old and new, are on the course now! Blind Lady Ale House, Tiger! Tiger!, Flavors of East Africa, Luigi's Pizza, and more! The course is at worst gently rolling upwards and at best (which is often) gradually declining to the finish! I would encourage anyone running the 1/2 Marathon to visit these neighborhoods before race day for a meal or a stroll. I think that would create a greater awareness of how wonderful these communities are in the grander scheme of San Diego. So explore and discover and RACE!
One of the keys to making an urban marathon work is the combination of disturbing the general populace with engaging the general populace. Actively recruiting businesses and community groups in the uptown area could make the treks along Adams Avenue and El Cajon Blvd simply AMAZING. We look forward to this course and what it can do not just for the event, but for the community of San Diego (both runners and non-runners alike).
A true urban race that does not shy away from major roads and works its way through many varied neighborhoods! Great work to both the Competitor Group and the City of San Diego on this one.