The famous Washington D.C. race is now flatter and faster.
Yesterday, officials with the Marine Corps Marathon announced that for the first time in six years, the 26.2-mile course will be altered. According to the map, gone from the new route is one of the most challenging segments: a 150-foot incline around the Georgetown Reservoir.
For most this new flatter, faster route is welcome news.
“I won’t miss Reservoir Road,” marathon veteran George Banker told the Washington Post. “I will not stay awake at night wishing they bring it back.”
Banker has run the race 29 times.
“The average runner doesn’t like doing hills much anyway,” he said. “Most don’t train on a lot of hills. If it were short and over with, it would be one thing, but that was just long enough to make you think about it.”
Public relations coordinator for the race, Tami Faram, said the new course came about because of safety concerns.
This year’s edition takes place on October 27.