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Old June 22nd, 2019, 01:29 AM   #1
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 11:52 PM   #2
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I've been asking skaters in person and I pretty much always get the same answer: the course is awful. Sandwiched between better courses with more participation in Montreal, Trexlertown, and then Minnesota Half (and even Le Mans and Barcelona), I don't see skaters outside the region making the trip to Chicago. Sad, but true. This used to be one of my favorite races.
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Old June 24th, 2019, 12:50 AM   #3
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Ya, that is the sentiment I get a lot too. Honestly, I wouldn't skate it if it wasn't so close to my house.
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Old June 24th, 2019, 04:48 AM   #4
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It was good to do once. But I'm not flying out from California to do it again until the course is repaired or replaced. It's really a shame. With the demise of Napa/Barbary Coast and the disintegration of the Chicago course, there isn't a viable full marathon in July. And it really difficult to justify the travel cost for a half if you have to fly. I guess Montreal is a full but the fares to get there are frightening or were the last time I checked.
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I haven't skated the new course, but a person I talked to who skated it last year said it was ok. But, this person rarely says anything negative about a course. Just looking at the course map, I don't think it's a great marathon set-up, at least for me. I like point to point style races, or courses that have some "open sections." I actually think the old course was ok, minus the pavement conditions. The new layout seems like it has too many turns and such. I hate to complain, but it just looks like it would be hard to build a lot of speed. But, I've never skated it, so I don't know. Most people would probably disagree with me, but if they were looking to shorten the length of the course (as they've done), I would rather have seen them just make the course the old 10K loop that you did several times. Yeah, you might have to skate it 24 or 25 times, but that 1-mile course had some ok pavement and it had some hills, but it was still possible to keep your speed up. Also, it would have kept it somewhat spectator friendly. But, I'm guessing this would have been difficult to control since skaters would probably lap each other and it would get difficult to know who was on what lap #. It's not a great idea, but I'm just trying to think about how to make-do with what they have to work with.
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Old June 24th, 2019, 11:17 PM   #6
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I haven't skated the new course, but a person I talked to who skated it last year said it was ok.
I skated Chicago last year. The course was definitely not OK. Turns generally do not dissuade me. Coarse pavement wouldn't keep me away. But moonscape and passages without an obviously safe line for a *solo* skater do.
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