Thunder Road 2009

I ran the Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte, NC Saturday. I was on the fence about doing this marathon but jumped at the chance once the airfare dropped a couple of weeks ago. I’m glad I did – I thought it was a well done race and I had a great time. I flew down on Friday and got to met up with NJShoreRun (aka Steve) .
My main goal for this race was just to run it easy since I ran Philly 3 weeks ago. That’s a little hard to do in a race that has roaring engines at the start when the guns go off. I ran the first half a little faster than I should have but still had a decent race. I managed to meet up with Steve a couple of times during the race which was cool. We actually ended up running it in together at the end.

I really liked this race. I stayed at a hotel that was six blocks from the expo and start/finish line so it was super easy to get in and out (and never saw the inside of a Charlotte porta pottie), plus the airport was only about 15 minutes away. I’m always amazed at some of the criticisms people write on MarathonGuide.com (too hilly, too cold, a waitress was mean to me, blah blah blah). I thought this was a great race and would definitely do it again.

Finish time = 4:13:36

At the expo

Start Line

Somewhere around mile 14? (thanks to P Kay)
with NJShoreRun at the Finish

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4 Responses to Thunder Road 2009

  1. NJShoreRun says:

    Excellent report! An absolute pleasure meeting up with you and actually getting to finish the race up together! A great race, fun course, with super crowd support. Did you get a picture of “The Wall”?

  2. Ted says:

    Congrats !!! You are definitely a marathon maniac. What’s your next marathon?

  3. Darrell says:

    Nice job on only 3 weeks. Thanks for the review, you give me something to consider for my own NC marathon.

  4. Melissa says:

    Found your blog while doing a search for people talking about Thunder Road. I ran it too – it was my first marathon – and I loved it! Can’t wait to do more of them! The wall was awesome – and better yet, my husband decided to wait there to see me, so I have pictures of me running through it!

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