Feedback from runners overwhelmingly positive
The organizers of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon have received more than 700 comments from runners on their website, and several hundred more on the event's Facebook page, and they are overwhelmingly positive.
There is much more feedback so far than race organizers received last year, said Joe Seeley, the event's webmaster and a member of the race committee.
"Almost every comment has something positive. Some are all positive. Some are mixed -- 'here's the great things, but there's this one thing,'" Seeley said. A few are negative.
"Almost everybody mentions how unbelievable the volunteers are. That comes through everywhere, even with the people complaining," he continued. "And the spectators. (The runners) feel like ... the people in the town are out there encouraging them. At mile 23, they are out there cheering them on."
Seeley has responded on the marathon's website to some of the most common gripes that runners have, including not enough porta-potties (race organizers say there were enough but they are looking at making their locations more obvious); congestion in Meadowbrook Park (another issue the race directors are continually trying to address); and the request to be fed on the floor of Memorial Stadium (it's never going to happen; the University of Illinois athletic department won't allow it).
Some aspects of the race get both positive and negative comments, including congestion in Meadowbrook Park and how crowded the food lines are.
"Some of it means people are having different experiences," Seeley said.
One complaint this year that race organizers hadn't heard in the past -- some people didn't like the race shirts.
"In jest, quite a few people have asked us to not have it so windy," Seeley said.
Others apparently seriously have asked for the race to be rerouted to avoid concrete.
Runners who want to provide feedback can do at http://www.illinoismarathon.com. There is a link for feedback on the home page.