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fernandog REPEAT RUNNER '10

The scenery is amazing!! The Colosseum, Circo Massimo, Fontana di Trevi, Spanish Steps....you name it and chances are you'll run by it. The Expo is very well organized, and the … MORE

The scenery is amazing!! The Colosseum, Circo Massimo, Fontana di Trevi, Spanish Steps….you name it and chances are you’ll run by it.

The Expo is very well organized, and the swag is quite special (how about a backpack?)

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Mike_Hess FIRST-TIMER '15

With the Coliseum as a back drop, you know you're in for a treat! There was anticipation with each turn. I looked forward to what I was going to see … MORE

With the Coliseum as a back drop, you know you’re in for a treat! There was anticipation with each turn. I looked forward to what I was going to see next.

With 15 thousand runners it took me and my two friends 5 minutes to cross the starting line. The day started off with light drizzle. The rain would stay with us for most of the race. Around mile 18 it finally let up. The cobblestone streets were a new experience for me. You did have to watch your footing a little bit as you also had to navigate around the discarded trash bags and light weight panchos. All of us were just happy to be in Rome running a marathon. I brought along two cameras. I wanted to make this as memorable as possible for the first time international marathon runners in my group. For one of the ladies it was her very first marathon. I’ve never seen anyone else smile for the entire 26 miles. Our hotel was in a great location. We were able to walk to the starting line.

I hardly slept a wink the night before. I was just super excited about this race. I could not wait to get to the starting line. I knew I wouldn’t be racing it, but enjoying the scenery as much as possible.

For the first 10 miles, there was quite a bit of congestion of runners. I was happy for it because it kept my pace slower. I was not in a hurry. I was looking for places to stop and take pictures of the other runners. I had my chance after mile 10. From then on I would run ahead and take pictures or video of the two ladies.

I made it a point to try the food they offered on the course. When I race marathons I usually just stick to my gu’s. One bite of the blood oranges and I was hooked! I looked for them at every water station after that. They were super sweet and super juicy.

The most scenic part of the course had to be coming up to St. Peter’s Square. We could hear bells ringing as we looked down the street and saw the obelisk front and center.

As we ran through various tunnels and underpasses on the course, everyone would start whooping and hollering and blowing whistles. You were compelled to join in.

Miles 13 to 20 took us a bit outside of the main city. The change in scenery was nice. There were a bit more trees and got to run by some houses. Mile 20 brought us back closer into town and eventually back to the cobblestone streets. We ran past a few more well known sights including the Spanish Steps.

About mile 24 we had a little bit of an uphill through a tunnel. That was followed by some down hill before it leveled out for the finish. At the finish line there was a Roman guard standing by.

Overall it was a such a great experience!

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5
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