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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
3.5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
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There’s something for everyone at the Fort4Fitness Fall Festival! Several events make up the Fall Festival, each of which offers an opportunity for participants to enhance their lifestyle through healthy activities or information. This exciting course takes racers through historic Fort Wayne neighborhoods and past landmark churches. The Expo is … MORE
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    jrohlede REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Ran this 3 years ago. See my previous review. Big complaint was the course. Was cut up in all the different race distances / courses. The marathon course was a … MORE

    Ran this 3 years ago. See my previous review. Big complaint was the course. Was cut up in all the different race distances / courses. The marathon course was a mess.

    Since then they have made the marathon course a twice round the half marathon course. This was a major improvement. Half marathon course is very nice, mostly flat and scenic – as scenic as Fort Wayne In gets.

    So upgrading my previous review based on course improvements.

    As for the rest of the race….
    Packet pick up the day before was easy and quick. All the volunteers were great

    Course – see above

    Water stops – plentiful and no problem. Only water and gator-offered. No food. Well manned and fun. Neighborhoods compete against each other and really cheer you on.

    Finish line – same as always in the really nice downtown baseball stadium. The food and other things were moved this year from the infield to an upper tier building. There was a threat of rain all day but never did rain. Perhaps they moved it due to weather threats. So due to the distance and the fact there was stairs involved and just finishing a marathon skipped it all together.

    Bling – little tiny medal. Have gotten bigger medals for finishing 10k’s.

    Parking and access – best part of the race. Parked two blocks away from the start. Walked right up to the start line. Marathon started an hour to two hours earlier than all the other races. So with only 175 full marathoners porta potties and start line were no problem. And race started right on time.

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    jrohlede REPEAT RUNNER '16

    1st time Fort4Fitness - Fort Wayne's major race - has added a marathon. Previous versions of the race have included a 4 miler, 10k, half marathon, 19.2 miler or 23.2 … MORE

    1st time Fort4Fitness – Fort Wayne’s major race – has added a marathon. Previous versions of the race have included a 4 miler, 10k, half marathon, 19.2 miler or 23.2 miler. They decided to drop the 19.2 miler and the 23.2 miler and add a full marathon.
    So to start at the beginning.

    Registration and package pick up – easy and no problem. About 10,000 people participate and all went well.

    Race parking and start – no problems. Marathon started a half hour before the other races so parking was easy and close.

    Now for the problems…..
    1) prerace problems – as usual 90% of the attention was on the 10k and half marathon. About 6,000 people between the two and only about 350 people in the marathon so marathon seemed to be treated as an after thought. Very common in multi distance races – big and small. Las Vegas is a prime example.
    There was basically no prerace advertisement done for the marathon except in the local area. Not even listed on marathonguide.com or any other marathon calendar.
    They need to decide if this race – by race I mean all the races – is for fun for the local community and meant to raise local enthusiasm for general fitness and cater to the walkers / joggers / lets have fun crowd or have it that way and also cater to the serious runners.
    The course – this was the worse part of the whole thing and I can’t see any serious marathoner wanting to run it in it’s current iteration.
    The marathon course is basically 4 loops around the somewhat same area. Boring and flat.
    The first loop was a 3 mile loop. Then back to the beginning then a 10k loop (same a the 4 mile loop with a couple of miles added) then back to the beginning then a half marathon loop, then back to the beginning then a four mile finishing loop. Same parts of the 10k loop. then we finish – wait for it…..
    back at the start that we have now passed 4 times
    Marathon started at 7 a.m and then the next race (4 miler) started at 7:30. Well guess what?? If you are running the marathon at a 9 mile pace you run right into the rear of the slow runners and walkers from the 4 miler. Then the half marathon started at 8:30. So guess what?? If you are running a 9 mile marathon pace you run right into the back of the slow runners and walkers from the start of the half marathon. Garmin clocked 26.65 from all the weaving and bobbing to avoid 4 across walkers.
    The reason given for the 4 loops was logistics and police cost. Okay how about we run the half course twice. All the police and water stops already there.
    So basically the course sucked. Either drop the marathon or fix the course.

    The finish and bling – Happy to have it over. Medal was small and same size as the half, 10k and 4 mile race medals. Don’t really care but once again shows the commitment to the marathon as opposed to the other races.

    Final thoughts – fix the marathon or drop it.

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    M_Sohaskey Oct 09, 2016 at 12:57am

    Wow, sounds like race day chaos—I got dizzy just reading about all the loops. Sorry to hear the hometown disappointed in its marathon debut. This is the problem when events… MORE

    Wow, sounds like race day chaos—I got dizzy just reading about all the loops. Sorry to hear the hometown disappointed in its marathon debut. This is the problem when events treat the marathon distance not as its own event but as simply “more of the same”. I could almost forgive a race for merging the marathoners with the other runners once, that’s an unfortunate oversight... but TWICE? Hopefully the organizers will go back to the drawing board before next year’s event. Oh, and while marathon guide may not have had the marathon listed, luckily RaceRaves (our favorite race calendar) did! LESS

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    Bettejh1 Oct 06, 2018 at 10:40am

    Ah Fort Wayne, IN. It is a city that wants to be a big city for the notoriety, revenue, bragging rights (I think the fourth largest city in the state?),… MORE

    Ah Fort Wayne, IN. It is a city that wants to be a big city for the notoriety, revenue, bragging rights (I think the fourth largest city in the state?), but wants everyone who lives there to be small-town folks. I know many of The Fort residents and they are almost Texan in their support and defense of the city. The running community is indicative of the above. Don't want to give those crazy marathoners too much attention. LESS

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