Sun, live music, enthusiasm plentiful at M2M

Correction: Our print version of this story contained the weather description of the event from the M2M website, which, it turns out, was describing the weather from the 2011 event (“Temperatures were in the mid-40’s, rising to 86 degrees by the time the last runner crossed the finish line” a little after 2 pm. “In addition, an elevation of over 4100’, the complete absence of clouds, the relentless sun, and lack of wind combined, contributed to the unusually difficult conditions.”) Though I was at the finish line and the weather seemed lovely all day, when I checked the website, I thought “Oh, I guess things were worse out on the course….” My mistake. M2M Director Marci Roberts informed us that weather for this year’s race were, in contrast, wonderful, with temperatures in the 40s in the early morning/at full marathon start time, and “were in the high 60s when most runners crossed the finish line,” a stunning contrast to the difficulties of 2011. Most runners agreed that conditions this year were “stunning,” said Roberts.

Enthusiasm was abundant amongst family, friends, and other supporters from Marathon, Alpine, and other towns in the region.Three hundred and forty runners participated in the annual event (47 of them from Austin) which included a full marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k races, and allows full marathon runners to use this race to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Participants were offered a pre-race pasta dinner (replete with gluten-free and vegetarian options) the night before at the Gage Hotel, and a post-race lunch barbeque in the center of town, catered by Cowboy Grill, with live music by Grupo Maracas; proceeds from lunch will benefit the Brewster County Post Park five miles south of Marathon. Licensed massage therapists offered post-race massages at the finish line for a fee. And for those who still had energy Saturday evening, the awards ceremony and post-race party at the Marathon Motel served as celebration, with free beer and live music provided by the Craig Carter and the Spur of the Moment Band.

M2M organizer Marci Roberts noted that the new, bright orange technical shirts, catered lunch,  and professional team managing the course and registration helped bump the event to a new level. “Nothing but good feedback on the event,” said Roberts. “Just a few kinks to work out for next year, which I have already started on….”

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