Definitely. The format was a blast in '04 & '05, but last year they really tossed the NORBA guidelines out the window when it came time to design a course.vzman said:last nmbs marathon that i did was 5-laps on a 7 mile course not much of a marathon if you ask me.
Hey, that's really cool of you to check in here. Thanks for the info. I 100% see Jeff's point and dilemna, it makes sense.2007 NMBS said:Hey All,
I work for the NMBS and I ran this topic by series owner Jeff Frost for his comments. This is what he had to say:
The primary reason [for dropping marathons from NMBS] is quite simple - National venues have compromised Marathon courses - multiple laps of the Fontana cross country is not a marathon. It may be a marathon in distance but not in the spirit of the marathon discipline. As the Series has been criticized for not being "urban" - when you go to an "urban' venue you lose the ability to do a marathon. Several of the best marathon courses over the years were in the least accessible venues (Schweitzer, Idaho).
In fairness, and in hopes of developing better marathon racers, events like Leadville, the E 100 Series, serve the marathon racers better.
Thanks, and despite the lack of a marathon event, we hope to see some people at NMBS #1 NOVA National this weekend in Fountain Hills, AZ.
it's doin' just fine:etrogden said:Let's see, TBB dropped endurance class after the 2005 season, there's no marathon class at the nationals for 2007, and I can't find any information about the Brian Head Epic for 2007. What's happening to our sport?