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@JoJoRunner

Zürich, Switzerland Raving since 2016 50 states aspirant/finisher, 100 Half Marathons Club, Half Fanatic #12783 active 1 week ago

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Personal Bests (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2017 3:07:23
Half Marathon Kalabaka, Greece Mar 12, 2017 1:23:55
10 Miler Bern, Switzerland May 13, 2017 1:06:14
10K Tybee Island, GA Feb 3, 2017 39:36
5K Tybee Island, GA Feb 3, 2017 18:30
2.8 Miler Tybee Island, GA Feb 3, 2017 24:12

Future Races (3)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Havana, Cuba Nov 19, 2017
Half Marathon Palma de Mallorca, Spain 2017
Marathon Cancale, France May 25, 2018

Past Races (58)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2017 3:07:23
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 24, 2017 3:09:43
Half Marathon Copenhagen, Denmark Sep 17, 2017 1:39:53
Half Marathon La Madeleine, France Sep 2, 2017 1:35:00
Half Marathon Rome, Italy Aug 25, 2017 1:35:00
Half Marathon Marlow, United Kingdom Jul 23, 2017 1:39:41
Half Marathon Eschborn, Germany Jun 18, 2017 1:38:30
Half Marathon Bendern, Liechtenstein Jun 10, 2017 2:40:18
Half Marathon Hickory, NC Jun 4, 2017 1:30:10
Half Marathon Ottawa, Canada May 28, 2017
Half Marathon St Gallen, Switzerland May 25, 2017 1:54:31
Half Marathon Gothenburg, Sweden May 20, 2017 1:47:10
10 Miler Bern, Switzerland May 13, 2017 1:06:14
Half Marathon Salzburg Old City, Austria May 7, 2017 2:03:16
Half Marathon London, United Kingdom Apr 30, 2017 1:28:29
Half Marathon Southhampton, United Kingdom Apr 23, 2017 1:28:43
Half Marathon Belgrade, Republic of Serbia Apr 22, 2017 1:26:09
Half Marathon Cape Town, South Africa Apr 15, 2017 1:30:00
Marathon Santa Eularia, Spain Apr 8, 2017 3:13:59
Half Marathon Berlin, Germany Apr 2, 2017 1:26:05
Half Marathon Prague, Czech Republic Apr 1, 2017 1:47:00
Half Marathon Kalabaka, Greece Mar 12, 2017 1:23:55
Half Marathon Mdina - Sliema, Malta Mar 5, 2017 1:26:35
Half Marathon Barcelona, Spain Feb 12, 2017 1:57:30
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 5, 2017 1:38:46
10K Tybee Island, GA Feb 3, 2017 39:36
Half Marathon Tybee Island, GA Feb 3, 2017 1:33:11
5K Tybee Island, GA Feb 3, 2017 18:30
2.8 Miler Tybee Island, GA Feb 3, 2017 24:12
Half Marathon Celebration, FL Jan 29, 2017 1:31:09
Half Marathon Clewiston, FL Jan 28, 2017 1:50:00
Half Marathon Schlieren, Switzerland Jan 1, 2017 1:35:10
Half Marathon Lisbon, Portugal Dec 4, 2016 1:36:30
Half Marathon Kuwait City, Kuwait Nov 19, 2016 1:28:10
Half Marathon Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Nov 18, 2016 1:53:00
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 13, 2016 2:15:00
Half Marathon Redmond, WA Nov 6, 2016 1:37:04
Half Marathon Escondido, CA Oct 29, 2016 1:32:54
Marathon Obersendling, Germany Oct 9, 2016 3:27:30
Half Marathon Oslo, Norway Sep 17, 2016 1:29:49
Half Marathon Stockholm, Sweden Sep 10, 2016 1:42:14
Half Marathon Dusseldorf, Germany Sep 4, 2016 1:41:00
Half Marathon Bochum, Germany Sep 4, 2016 1:35:14
Half Marathon Zagreb, Croatia Aug 27, 2016 1:32:42
Half Marathon Dublin, Ireland Aug 7, 2016 1:35:37
Half Marathon Hamburg, Germany Jun 25, 2016 1:33:00
Half Marathon Cavallino, Italy May 28, 2016 1:29:14
Half Marathon Leiden, Netherlands May 22, 2016 1:32:34
Half Marathon Bucharest, Romania May 22, 2016 1:34:26
Half Marathon Berlin, Germany Apr 3, 2016 1:31:00
Half Marathon Wembley, United Kingdom Mar 20, 2016
Half Marathon Paris, France Mar 6, 2016 1:38:20
Half Marathon Tel Aviv, Israel Feb 26, 2016 1:36:06
Half Marathon Barcelona, Spain Feb 14, 2016 1:30:56
Half Marathon Miami Beach, FL Jan 24, 2016 1:36:22
Rebel Challenge (19.3 Miles) Anaheim, CA Jan 15, 2016 1:48:44
Half Marathon Queen Creek, AZ Oct 31, 2015 1:32:13
Half Marathon Miami, FL Oct 24, 2015 1:30:57

My Raves

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

I loved Chicago Marathon! Having run Berlin two weeks before with drizzling rain, Chicago was warmer and dry. Perfect (almost a bit two warm for my liking) fall weather. In … MORE

I loved Chicago Marathon! Having run Berlin two weeks before with drizzling rain, Chicago was warmer and dry. Perfect (almost a bit two warm for my liking) fall weather.
In comparison with Berlin everything was bigger (well, expo in north America’s biggest exhibition centre) but also further out/ apart from each other. Race corals were stricter enforced. I really appreciated the number of different pacers in every coral. I wanted to make it a 3:05h and stuck with the paving group for the first miles but felt it wasn’t my pace and slowly made up my way to the 3:00h group. The volunteers (plenty of isotonics and water) and the crowds were so uplifting and cheering. Did well for 30km but then I had to see that 2 marathons in two weeks are not that easy and I had to slow down. Finished strong with 3:07:23h which improved my PR by 2:20min and will vom back in 2018.

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Berlin Marathon

Berlin Marathon

I did run Berlin as a challenge of two (world major) marathons within two weeks. So two big city races with heaps and heaps of thousands of runners. Berlin marathon … MORE

I did run Berlin as a challenge of two (world major) marathons within two weeks.
So two big city races with heaps and heaps of thousands of runners. Berlin marathon starts and finish in the historical axe between Brandenburger Gate and Siegessäule (Column of Victory). Runners run in 3 waves. The exhibition was huge and spread through numerous rooms in the Congress area near Gleisdreieck. The exhibition and race felt alike: always a bit crowded. Berlin doesn’t have wide avenues as Chicago or New York and so running in your own pace can be challenging. Organisation went smooth and you had the option of bag drop or getting a cape after the race that you had to determine upon registration.
2017 was very moist and coolish- was running with two friends and we pushed us to a sub 3:10h photo finish. Will definitely try to do it again next year.
On the downside: I never saw rubbish bins anywhere past the water stops and the streets were filled with trash quickly. And in the finish line area it was somewhat complicated to find what you were looking for but in retrospective to the area given and the size of the race it was adequate (never understand runners doing a full marathon and complaining about having to walk 0.3 miles after the finish line).

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Copenhagen Half Marathon

Copenhagen Half Marathon

The only Scandinavian IAAF gold label race always competes over the title of worlds fastest halfmarathon with other prestigious races like Barcelona, Berlin or Dubai. So the elite field has … MORE

The only Scandinavian IAAF gold label race always competes over the title of worlds fastest halfmarathon with other prestigious races like Barcelona, Berlin or Dubai. So the elite field has all the big names and the race production is smooth as you expect it when organising a field of 22.000 runners. Unfortunately the weather gods were not with us in 2017. Starting out in the sun and almost perfect temperature it started to rain and hail so badly that the timing Mats were washed away in the finish area and timing had be done with a back up system before the organisers had to discontinue the race after about 2:10h. The course is flat and Copenhagenians were cheering and pushing. One runs a big loop through the city and I really enjoyed running the race which happened to be my 100th half. I ll probably give it a try next year again and will focus on running a fast time instead of just enjoying the race. We got a shirt and medal. Maybe due to the weather (?) there was no post race food.

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Semi Marathon de Lille

Semi Marathon de Lille

The whole race is basically one loooong avenue up, turning point and a small loop added on the way back. We had beautiful weather but if it wasn't for some … MORE

The whole race is basically one loooong avenue up, turning point and a small loop added on the way back. We had beautiful weather but if it wasn’t for some bridges / slight ups and downs it would have been absolutely boring. Lille is a beautiful city but the route was not nearby any of that beauty. The name “international” in the marathons name is a bit misleading too. Given you run parts of it in France and Belgium all communication and the website is in French only. Few spectators. Bag drop off but no showers. Not a race to repeat for me.

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Roma by Night Run

Roma by Night Run

It was tough to judge the race. It was relatively inexpensive for what you got (race expo with live music after the race, okayish food: rice, pasta salad, yoghurt; tshirt … MORE

It was tough to judge the race. It was relatively inexpensive for what you got (race expo with live music after the race, okayish food: rice, pasta salad, yoghurt; tshirt and medal and finisher bag with some give away a like a box of milk and dental care products from the main sponsor Forhans) but darn I didn’t like the course and the race. Maybe me being tired and the warm temperatures added to my disliking. Expo, start and finish is at the Ponte della musica. The course has several loops and Tiber crossings but manages to stay away from ALL of the sights (so you can fully focus on running). There were literally 3times a group of 5 people on the course cheering. That’s it. The streets were partially really dark and cracked up. A lot of the street lights were broken and the signal lights from the police cars blocking some of the streets were irritating in the darkness. Speaking about blocked streets. In some parts of the first section, auto scooters and the tram/ bus were co-using the roads. Often we ran by garbage bins on the streets- with day temperatures 100+ degrees my stomach didn’t take that smell well. On the pro side: the race had various pacers for those who need to run with them.
I have done night races in the past and it is a different challenge. I never say never but I don’t see myself running RomaByNight again unless there are improvements to the course. Btw: for back-to-back runners: in the last three years it was an option to run Roma By Night on Friday and Grawe Nocni in Zagreb/ Croatia on Saturday night.

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Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon

Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon

Purplepatchrunning organises a couple of events including numerous running events out of London. Up Flow Down Tow between Marlow and Windsor is a scenic run and was held in its … MORE

Purplepatchrunning organises a couple of events including numerous running events out of London. Up Flow Down Tow between Marlow and Windsor is a scenic run and was held in its 11th edition. Every year they change the direction; this year it was run down the river. Next year it will be run upflow again. The course is mostly on grass and walking pathes, a few asphalted bits. One has to be aware of the traffic on some junctions since the roads are not closed – and shouldnt be afraid to run between some cows 😉 5 waterstops and bananas at the finish, cute medal. Bag transport from the start to the finish; no other swag.

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Eschathlon

Eschathlon

I was surprised to see how much effort in details and in race swag that small race had (less than 450 runners for the half marathon) plus about another 600 … MORE

I was surprised to see how much effort in details and in race swag that small race had (less than 450 runners for the half marathon) plus about another 600 for the 10k and kiddie runs). A resistance training band, t-shirt, water hand held bottle, gym day pass, … The race per se was very easy to access about 10 minutes out of Frankfurt/ plenty of parking around. The halfmarathon were two rounds through the small city of Eschborn, parks, industrial area (mixed underground).
I d definitely run it again if it happens that I m around there…

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LGT Alpin Marathon

LGT Alpin Marathon

3 distances (10k flat, 25k= HalfmarathonPlus with 3600ft elevation gain, full marathon about 5500ft elevation gain). The race was unique for me in many ways. Liechtenstein was my 31st country … MORE

3 distances (10k flat, 25k= HalfmarathonPlus with 3600ft elevation gain, full marathon about 5500ft elevation gain).
The race was unique for me in many ways. Liechtenstein was my 31st country to run in and the first race where the “expo” was in a meat factory. Improvised but very handy changing rooms near the storage facilities and little trucks for baggage drop off. All distances started at the same time. The streets/ pathes we took were not very wide. It felt crowded and tight for the first 6-7 km (field ways, forrest and along Rhine River). We entered Vaduz city at about k9 and k10 is when the up”hill” starts. A constant uphill for about 12 km with great views into the valley and picture perfect alp meadows. The last 3k were downhill and we finished in Steg with a small finisher area. Finisher shirt but no medal. Instead, Svarowski -as one of the sponsors- provided Cristal figures for all finishers. Special transportation was set up and all local buses in Liechtenstein were free on race day.

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Charity Chase Half Marathon

Charity Chase Half Marathon

The local Rotary club of Hickory has been organising the race for many years and with their experience, they set up a perfect race. This year for the first time … MORE

The local Rotary club of Hickory has been organising the race for many years and with their experience, they set up a perfect race. This year for the first time a 10k as well. We all started together from the Union square and the half marathoners did an additional loop to what the 10k runners did. I really enjoyed the different neighbourhoods but if you only train in the flat these NC hills might be very challenging for you. The water and isotonic support along the track was very sufficient (about almost every mile) also since the race has a competition over the best support crew (local school, people dressed as pink minions, …). The race was relatively inexpensive despite collecting money for a good course. I scored a cute bobblehead figure for coming in first in my age group besides a big medal, cotton shirt, running socks and plenty of free food including pizza.

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Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon)

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon)

well-organised, but the more races I have done, the less I like these big races. The long stretched finished area felt "cold" and impersonal despite the fact that everybody was … MORE

well-organised, but the more races I have done, the less I like these big races. The long stretched finished area felt “cold” and impersonal despite the fact that everybody was super nice. The course is mainly flat and leads through Ontario and Quebec/ one crosses Ottawa river twice. Unusually many people were getting medical attention and I m not sure if the mild temperatures knocked out the Canadians or if there were so many people not well-prepared. T-shirt and medals plus race bag as swag. Way too looooooong queue at the beer stand (one free beer per participant).

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Auffahrtslauf St. Gallen

Auffahrtslauf St. Gallen

... running up and down hills, in a beautful old town/ through a monestary and fanatic crowds ringing cow bells and alp horn blowers... all that in St Gallen/ North … MORE

… running up and down hills, in a beautful old town/ through a monestary and fanatic crowds ringing cow bells and alp horn blowers… all that in St Gallen/ North East Switzerland.
I ran the race for the third time for various reasons- I always had picture perfect weather conditions, it is not far from where I live, it is held on Ascencion Day/ public holiday and you get a lot for your money (e.g. free public transportation ride within Switzerland to get to the race and to get home); goodies included a t-shirt (one is only eligible to get to the post race beer stand when you wear the t-shirt), a water bottle and food. If you want a medal, you have to prepurchase it upon registration. Start and finish is in the St Gallen soccer stadium. Plenty of restrooms, changing facilities and showers. The course is technically not easy with many ups and downs and partially very narrow tracks but beautiful… probably not the last time for me in St Gallen.

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Goteborgsvarvet Half Marathon

Goteborgsvarvet Half Marathon

...when it comes to numbers of participants. More than 60,000 runners flood the pitoresque city of Gothenborg (pop of about 500,000) on Swedens West coast every year. Saying that, I … MORE

…when it comes to numbers of participants. More than 60,000 runners flood the pitoresque city of Gothenborg (pop of about 500,000) on Swedens West coast every year. Saying that, I was suprised how easy and smooth the expo/ race number pick-up was. No waiting on Saturday morning whatsoever! The half starts with the elites at 1p.m. and the start stretches over 3 hours! In about 25 corals, people who finished the race before start with their estimated running time in the first 9 corals, in between large running groups of the sponsors (like Volvo), newbies to the race get put into the last couple corals (starting 3-4pm). The start is in the botanical gardens and then the course lead the runners over the river “Göte älv” to a more updated area of the city along modern housing structures on the river shore and back over the river into the old city (Kungssportplatzen, the old opera, theatre, university…) to the botanical gardens where you cross the finish line in a small stadium (Slottskogsvallen). The course is ever changing, slight ups and downs and turns and lots of stuff to see and hear- I think I have never run anywhere with so many music/ entertainment spots- and since we were in Sweden of course you could also find an ABBA cover band. Public transportation was free with the BIB, medal for all finishers and plenty of water stations (plus isotonics) on the course. They also had free coffee at the finish but other than a banana no free food but a huge festival area with stuff to buy. The only free swag was a drinking bottle.

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Grand Prix of Bern

Grand Prix of Bern

Is kinda everything you expect. A very smooth and professional race organisation for the 30,000 + runners in three distances. I participated for the third time in the Grand Prix- … MORE

Is kinda everything you expect. A very smooth and professional race organisation for the 30,000 + runners in three distances. I participated for the third time in the Grand Prix- the self proclaimed 10 most beautiful miles in the world. Starting with a downhill mile from Bern exhibition center the runners run in 20 waves through the inner city that is flagged with the flag of every Swiss “Kanton”/ federal district. Streets are full of cafes, people sit there, stand, shout, clap and ring cow bells. Later one get direct along the river Aare, through the city park and back to the inner city and the expo. There are several uphill sand especially that mile 9 is killing you if you went to hard.
Every year there is a different finishers gift (visor, head band, … this year: gloves) with the Grand Prix logo. Medal or race shirt has to be paid extra. But one of the best parts: with registration, one gets a free return ticket for public transportation within Switzerland to get to the start (that equalled what I paid for the registration)….

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Salzburg Marathon

Salzburg Marathon

It is a great midsize race (half, full and 10k) with a flat course. Due to inner city construction they had to alter the start and finish slighty which was … MORE

It is a great midsize race (half, full and 10k) with a flat course. Due to inner city construction they had to alter the start and finish slighty which was outside the Salzburg exhibition center very centrally located instead of the square infront of the main church.
I was running with my brother and sister-in-law and really enjoyed the run and tried to be a good pacer for my family. What will probably stay in my memory most was the opportunity to run a breakfast jog the day before the race. 5 groups with different city guide runners did 4-6km to either see classical inner city sights, to run along sights outside of the known inner city or where (thats what I did) a run along modern art sculptures in Salzburg with breakfast in the end (12 Euros).
Nice swag including a towel; in comparisson with Vienna marathon I prefered Salzburg due to the feeling of more hospitality and the smaller size.

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Virgin Sport Hackney Half

Virgin Sport Hackney Half

I usually have a lot of fun doing any race in the UK. The Hackney half was no different. First time sponsored by Virgin Sports, the Virgin Everything owner Richard … MORE

I usually have a lot of fun doing any race in the UK. The Hackney half was no different. First time sponsored by Virgin Sports, the Virgin Everything owner Richard Branson came himself to fire the start gun (confetti bomb). About 12,000 runners were doing a big loop through East London suburbs to start and finish in Hackney Marshs (a park) where the running village was set up. The course was flat and mostly on roads.
Dj, lots of food, live art, massage and free (!) hair cuts/ bear trim from a barber shop were to be found at the runners village. There were various pacers to help you reach your time goal and a lot of spectators. A goodie bag, medal and finisher shirt at the end. With the virgin sports app all runners were trackable and free photos of the race – one cannot ask for more…

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ABP Southhampton Marathon & Half Marathon

ABP Southhampton Marathon & Half Marathon

ABP Southhampton Marathon is a great alternative in the UK for those who didnt get a spot at the London marathon - like me. Southhampton (about 70min by car south … MORE

ABP Southhampton Marathon is a great alternative in the UK for those who didnt get a spot at the London marathon – like me. Southhampton (about 70min by car south west of London) is known for the harbour and university. the race (10k, half and full) had about 7k runners and went perfectly smooth. Race packs where shipped ahead of time, changing facilities and bag storage near the start/ finish area and I loved the finishers t-shirt with the union jack on both arms. the course per se leads through different neighbourhoods, along the river, through parks- and I really enjoyed light uphills and downhills. Great atmosphere with plenty of people cheering. Definitly a good alternative and not “just a gap filler” for London!

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Belgrade Marathon

Belgrade Marathon

Belgrade Marathon as held for its 30th time. The webpage is in Serbian and English but I struggled a bit finding the information about the expo which was held close … MORE

Belgrade Marathon as held for its 30th time. The webpage is in Serbian and English but I struggled a bit finding the information about the expo which was held close to the Republic Square in Downtown. Known for the (slightly) hilly old town and the flat, communistic/ socialistic buildings in new town the race offers a tour through both parts of the city. Three distances were offered: 10k, half and full marathon. For the full marathon the runners had to repeat a loop of the 21k track. The course has a bit of elevation change in the beginning and in the end, is flat and asphalted otherwise. Smooth race day organisation; T-Shirt and nice medal; a pick-nick bag and free beer at the finish line.

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Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

First: I thought the webpage is a little confusing with all the coloured icons so let me clarify: the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) is a 2-day running event. … MORE

First: I thought the webpage is a little confusing with all the coloured icons so let me clarify: the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) is a 2-day running event. The registration usually opens between October and December and one has to register in a specific period in order to enter the lottery and to get one of 17.000 spots for the half; the full (which is technically an Ultra at 56km) is a little more easy to get into. Race day was Saturday. On Friday there was a 12k and 24k trail, a 5.6k fun run and at the waterfront an international friendship run where runners could run with their national flags to demonstrate the plurality of the field.

To get to the start line you d either have to get a lift or pre purchase a parking ticket for the provided parkings space at various school/ university campuses. The traffic in the morning (at 4am) was aweful. My gps said 12 minutes- took me 55. The start per se is organised very well. The halfmarathoners in 5 corals start in front and a bit ahead of time to the ultras (strict coral enforcement) the start for the had at 6am was in complete darkness (well for parts the roads had street lights, but not everywhere on the highway that led out of town). At around 6:45 the sun started setting and I could see more of the sourrounding but that was my 10k “turning point” when the hilly roads brought us back into town to the finish at Capetown University. enough supply with water/ isotonics/ Cola, numerous spectators and some marching bands along the way. However, the real beauty (self proclaimed most beautiful marathon in the world) is further out and for the ultras…. when you run on the coastal roads looking to the ocean(s).
The finish had drinks but no (free) food, but street food stands to buy stuff. Shuttles to the parking lots and going home was easy on empty roads.
The OMTOM is a big event for the town. Organise your accommodation ahead of time. Plan some time for the expo (very crowded); check that you got everything in your bag (I did not have my number for the friendship run and had to queue at the trouble shooting desk) and I ll be back for the full experience…

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Ibiza Marathon

Ibiza Marathon

When I hear that a race is organised for the first time, I often have sentiments about the expo, road closures, supply... But all that was ran perfectly smooth. I … MORE

When I hear that a race is organised for the first time, I often have sentiments about the expo, road closures, supply… But all that was ran perfectly smooth. I won my entry at the expo for Barcelona Half two months prior to the race otherwise I probably would not have gone but it was a perfect sunny beach, good food and run weekend getaway experience. Expo, start and finish were near the marina of Santa Eularia and the race is one big loop out in southwest direction to Ibiza City and back, partially using the same asphalt country roads twice which is of course easier to run the supply stations (every 5k/ 3 miles). I was surprised to see more than just a few spectators, music boxes and live bands. There are two parts of the track with a long steady elevation about 100m/ 300 feet each time but I underestimated the “burning” of incline in my only fourth full marathon. I got slower aka really hit the wall towards the end but still finished at 3:14h (was hoping for a BQ / sub3:10h). I d definitely recommend the race if you want to get a pre season Ibiza getaway. Sangria, beer at the finish and a free entrance to Pacha Club (THE club institution of the island) were included. And I was told free photos, but I three days post race I haven’t seen them yet.

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Berlin Half Marathon

Berlin Half Marathon

Also see my report from last year. The almost perfectly flat race attracts 34.000 runners every year and is one of the biggest half marathon events in Europe. From Alexander … MORE

Also see my report from last year.
The almost perfectly flat race attracts 34.000 runners every year and is one of the biggest half marathon events in Europe. From Alexander Square/ TV Tower along “Unter den Linden”, through the Brandenburg Gate, Tierpark, Siegessäule, Castle Charlottenburg, Kurfürstendamm/ Church of Remembrance, Potsdamer Platz and Check Point Charlie- one runs it all and there are spectators everywhere. Great crowd, one of the races of your bucket list.

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Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon

Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon

Czechrunning organises a series of all gold labled IAMS races in Czech Republic. Everything is very professional- from registration to packet pick up - everything runs very smoothly. The race … MORE

Czechrunning organises a series of all gold labled IAMS races in Czech Republic. Everything is very professional- from registration to packet pick up – everything runs very smoothly. The race is sold out every year, so make sure you register on time. Starting near Carls Bridge the first part of the race leads over cobble stone streets, later asphalt and is mainly flat. In 2017 the female winner Joyciline Jepkosgei was the first woman ever to finish a 21.1km/ 13.1 mile race in less than 65 minutes. Great atmosphere. One of my favourite races.

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International Half Marathon Kalampaka–Trikala

International Half Marathon Kalampaka–Trikala

The halfmarathon is one of the fastest in Europe with>10% of the runners finishing in less than 1:30h. With a continuous slightly downhill course (-1%) the race feels flat but … MORE

The halfmarathon is one of the fastest in Europe with>10% of the runners finishing in less than 1:30h. With a continuous slightly downhill course (-1%) the race feels flat but might offer you the right extra push for your PR. The weather in march 2017 was perfect. The start is in Kalampaka/ central square where you can deposit your bags that will be brought to the finish in Trikala. The course is a loooooooong straight stretch on the main road between the two cities. The start offers views to Meteora rocks but inbetween the scenery is rather dull with fields and industrial areas. I was focussed on my running and couldn’t care less 😉
Water, isotonics and gel along the course; a finisher bag with juice and a cheese sandwich at the finish. After the awards ceremony a free shuttle was offered back to the start (for those staying in Trikala, the shuttle was free in the morning to get to the start). Tshirt and great medal included, one got that all for 15€- what a great quality and value race!

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Malta Marathon

Malta Marathon

Malta in early spring offers perfect running conditions. Temperatures around 15-20 degrees C make the race a perfect start for your running season. The marathon was held in its 32nd … MORE

Malta in early spring offers perfect running conditions. Temperatures around 15-20 degrees C make the race a perfect start for your running season. The marathon was held in its 32nd edition, in later years the halfmarathon and 21km walkathon were added. The capacity is 4000 runners in total and has been reached for the last two years.
Race start is in 200m elevation in the pitoresque town of Mdina. The finish is at sea level on the promenade of Sliema. So there is a fair amount of downhill but also some uphillish parts. A shuttle brought racers to the start line, where the number of porta potties was not suffiecent/ long queues. The race even started 5 minutes early for no obvious reasons and so one of the buses was still blocking part of the way which made the first part are bit more narrow adding to the fact that there were no start waves (I really like start waves!) the rest of the race was very smooth. 32 music stops, enough water and sponge stations and free race pictures!!! One could sign up for on time race picture posting on Facebook and so I got like 13 free pictures of the race which I really appreciate. A cotton Tshirt, finisher medal, massage at finish were offered as well. I ran a halfmarathon PR and will definitely consider to run again or maybe switch to the full marathon next time which starts 2 hrs before the halfmarathon, is mostly ran at the same course but with some added loops

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eDreams Barcelona Half Marathon

eDreams Barcelona Half Marathon

... the racing season in Europe My second time to run the race since Barcelona is always worth travelling. The course is a flat loop around the inner city starting … MORE

… the racing season in Europe
My second time to run the race since Barcelona is always worth travelling.
The course is a flat loop around the inner city starting and finishing near arc de triompf. temperatures in barcelona in February are usually ideal for running and many runners pb there. Start in corals is enforced. The expo is usually small. Tshirt was included, some vouchers and a little box of quinoa salad. Bananas, oranges, water, gatorade at the finish.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

I like the RnR series because of there really smooth organisation. The day before RnRNola I was running in GA and my flight arrived after the expo houres. From other … MORE

I like the RnR series because of there really smooth organisation.
The day before RnRNola I was running in GA and my flight arrived after the expo houres. From other runners I knew that RnR offers (but doesnt advertise) same day race bib pick up at the start line. So I went there an hour before the start and had my bib within 3 minutes (thats what I call smooth!). I planned on running the race easy with many miles in my legs from the days before. The energy along the course was nice- numerous spectators with motivational signs and smaller groups giving out food and drinks and adding up to the already very sufficient in numbers drink stations. February in Nola is mild and I really enjoyed running through the french quarter and do my bit of running sight seeing. What did bother me was the asphalt of the streets of the like first 8 miles. The streets were in really bad conditions with holes and gaps and cracks and one has to be careful not to sprain an ancle- I got better from midtown to the Park where the race finished. There (as always) RnR set up a nice entertainment area with concert, sponsors/ vendors, food trucks.
Not sure if I d run it again but it was definitely an overall satisfying race experience.

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Critz Tybee Run Fest

Critz Tybee Run Fest

Located on Tybee Island/ GA, the running festival collects money for charities in its 9th year. The festival offers 5 race distances (5k on Friday; 10k, half, 2.8miles on the … MORE

Located on Tybee Island/ GA, the running festival collects money for charities in its 9th year. The festival offers 5 race distances (5k on Friday; 10k, half, 2.8miles on the beach, 1mile race all on Saturday) and you can participate in each event or in all 5 totalling 26.2 miles. There is a master and age group awarding for all races and for those who did all 5 races.
The Friday race starts near the lighthouse in northern Tybee, all other races downtown in the shopping/ restaurant district. Besides the 2.8m beach run (which was on the sandy beach) all races led along the neighboorhood of Tybee on asphalted streets. The organisiation was very smooth, there was even a free of charge shuttle from downtown Tybee to the lighthouse on Friday and back. All volunteers and runners shared a great community spirit; local sponsors (restaurant, pizzerias) offered food like pasta and pizzas on Friday evening and throughout the Saturday. For all what I got (5 races plus long sleeve shirt and beverages/ food), the early entry fee of about 100$ was very reasonable and I d love to go back one day.

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Town of Celebration Marathon & Half Marathon

Town of Celebration Marathon & Half Marathon

The picturesque town of Celebration (have you watched "The Trueman Show"?) outside of Orlando held its 4th edition of its marathon. Great swag (raw thread/ bamboo technology tshirt, safety light, … MORE

The picturesque town of Celebration (have you watched “The Trueman Show”?) outside of Orlando held its 4th edition of its marathon. Great swag (raw thread/ bamboo technology tshirt, safety light, …) and a fun food sampling (including beer, mimosas, pizza, pulled pork, …) after the race made the race special.
Start and finish are in the city center near market street with plenty of parking in walking distance. This year was rainy and cold but the course (Boston qualifier) is very flat and fast. Mainly on asphalt through the neighbourhoods, around the golf course and over wooden board walks. Despite the weather the athmosphere was friendly and cheerful. I would run it again.

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Florida Skydive Ultra Run

Florida Skydive Ultra Run

Skydive ultra is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The small, family-sized race event is held in Clewiston, Fl and offers distances from 6.2 miles, half, full marathon, up to 200miles. A … MORE

Skydive ultra is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The small, family-sized race event is held in Clewiston, Fl and offers distances from 6.2 miles, half, full marathon, up to 200miles. A lot of the runners and their support crew people were camping around the airfield and for those who wanted the could do a pre-race skydive. The organisation that highly depends on winds and weather ran super super smooth and I was very excited to do my very first tandem skydive. With very experienced instructors that came from all over the states for that weekend it was a unique experience.
I had about 60min after the jump to unwind. The race runs in about 7.2 miles loops around the airfield. So the half and full marathons are a bit longer than the official 13.1/ 26.2 miles. With changing undergrounds from sandy, rocky to gras, it felt very much like a trail race and will not be your fastest time. Two support stations with water, Gatorade, coke and all kind of food were set up. Big medals and belt buckets for the 100m, 150m and 200m finishers. No awards.
The vibe of the experience was amazing, skydivers and runners are a special kind of people- skydiving runners are… go figure yourself!

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New Year’s Marathon Zurich (Neujahrsmarathon Zurich)

New Year’s Marathon Zurich (Neujahrsmarathon Zurich)

Third time I particiapted in the Neujahrsmarathon (New Years Marathon) of Zurich, that starts with the first fireworks for the new year at 00:00:01. Your option are a quarter, a … MORE

Third time I particiapted in the Neujahrsmarathon (New Years Marathon) of Zurich, that starts with the first fireworks for the new year at 00:00:01. Your option are a quarter, a half or full marathon (I have done the quarter once and the half twice)

Where to start? The race doesnt start and finish in Zurich but in the suburb of Schlieren which is not hard to get to by train or car (limited parking though). The race is getting more and more popular and this time with >1000 participants from more than 40 countries the organisers were thinking of a cap because the gym that is the venue and the course have limited capacities. Some runners were complaining about to little facilities to get changed and the queue to the loo was longish. I was prepared and pre-dressed. The course is a paved natural path along the river Limmat- usually used by bicyclers and walkers at day time, meaning there are some rocks and roots- the bigger ones are spray marked in neon colors for safety but the lightening along the course is not always sufficient so headlights are highly recommended. Temperatures are usually around freezing or below (this year was the first time that I ran the race without ice and snow on the ground). You run circles and each circle is 10.5km (about 6.5 miles). Depenmding on your chosen distance you have to run 1, 2 or 4 rounds. It is not the race for your PB but for a high ranking in the official best times of halfmarathons and a great (healthy) way to start the year… How many of you can say that they were ranked in the top 100 fastest halfmarathoners of the year- I have been able to say that twice so far 😉

some remarks:
– not a cheap race, if you register without early booking it is about 65 dollars, race medal, t-shirt or a bottle of sparkly wine in the marathons design can be purchased on top
– scenery is limited in the night and around the river but there are some nice spots like a photo stop near a monastry or the fantastic start experience with all the fireworks

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Discoveries Half Marathon

Discoveries Half Marathon

Is what I have thinking of that race. Advertised as one of the last races in winter where you dont have to wear winter close hence the relatively mild temperatures, … MORE

Is what I have thinking of that race. Advertised as one of the last races in winter where you dont have to wear winter close hence the relatively mild temperatures, the organisers dont tell that December is the wet saison in Lisbon with rain almost every day.
I went to the race start on race day (uber is really cheap in Portugal, buses were not so reliable on race day) having all my gear with me including change gear to find out that there was no bag drop of/ at least no signs and none of the volunteers seemed to know, even though I was told the day before at the race packet pick up that there would be a bag drop. Well, I had my little backpack with me and put everything in there and ran my first half with back pack in the rain, rain, rain.
They kinda had start corals (<1:15, <1:30, <1:45) but they were not enforced. Therefor, the first 2-3 km were a littly "cosy" and snuggly but that didnt keep people from pushing while everything was slowing down a bit for a U-turn. For the first time in a race, I lost it – I was really frustrated with rain, my back pack and being pushed that I yelled at the guy who was pushing me :-0 but I helped 😉 It was meant to be last race of the season and I did want to finish. The course led along the coastal line of western Lisbon/ many industrial places and constructions areas and was very flat besides a little turn into the city. The finish was back at the beautiful cathedral in Belem with folk music and some entertainment which soothened my soul as well as the sweet pastries/ pasteis de nata I had after my warm shower back in the hotel…

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Gulf Bank 642 Marathon & Half Marathon

Gulf Bank 642 Marathon & Half Marathon

Before I start: I LOVED the race! I was in touch with the organisers due to my position as club official in 100halfmarathonsclub before and had a very warm welcome. … MORE

Before I start: I LOVED the race!
I was in touch with the organisers due to my position as club official in 100halfmarathonsclub before and had a very warm welcome.
4000 runners (5k, 10k, 21k, 42k) started at the same time in the third edition of the race. Start was with no corals which mad the start a bit bumpy, but the main road along the maritima is wide. The race started at 7:30 shortly after dawn and the temperatures in November are ideal for running. Very flat course, plenty of water stops. The course led along some of the major side and included running through a market in the morning before it starts to get too busy and along Kuwait Towers. I finshed with a new PB. The finishers area was at the waterfront, red carpets, plenty of food and drinks and free massages for half and full marathoners.
Before going to Kuwait you have to consider it is an Islamic country. Women can wear their hair open, but no alcohol, no smoking, no dancing. You need a visa that you can get at the airport (about 10 US dollars) or online (give them like 5 days to process your request)

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Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon & 10K

Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon & 10K

The Abu Dhabi Strider Half took place on Yas Island, a bit out of Abu Dhabi in a newly developed area with hotels, a mall, the formula one circuit.... and … MORE

The Abu Dhabi Strider Half took place on Yas Island, a bit out of Abu Dhabi in a newly developed area with hotels, a mall, the formula one circuit…. and not much more around to see. Start and finish was a water ride park, plenty of parking and bag drop opportuinities if you needed.
The start was in corals though they didnt make sense to me (I was put wayyy behind my personal best; I later decided to accompany a friend so it didnt bother me) and like 15 min late. Technical t-shirt, medal, icecream and drinks after the race but the best was breakfast buffet and a free day pass in the water park that I unfortunately couldnt use.
If you are close, you can definitely run the race. I wouldnt travel for it.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

I went to Las Vegas with friends and was running with them / it wasnt meant to be chasing after a pb. We had our Elvis and Marylin costumes ready … MORE

I went to Las Vegas with friends and was running with them / it wasnt meant to be chasing after a pb. We had our Elvis and Marylin costumes ready and enjoyed the free concert ahead of the race.
Being the second largest (half)marathon event in US, the organisation was super smooth: from the race expo in Las Vegas convention hall to the 5k pre-race on Saturday and the start of the 3 corals with their subdivisions. Music was along wide stretches of the race including a KISS cover band, an Elvis, a Cher, … The course led a long Las Vegas strip that was entirely shut down into the old city of Vegas and back to the strip.
Since I like evening races (start was 5:30pm for us) and we had perfect racing conditions (mild temperatures, almost no wind, a flat course) I can only recommend the race.

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Mud & Chocolate – Redmond (Fall)

Mud & Chocolate – Redmond (Fall)

After mud comes chocolate. A good 100 runners participated in the 2016 edition. 3 rounds in the Watershed Preserve, water/ aid is always at the beginning of each round. Typical … MORE

After mud comes chocolate. A good 100 runners participated in the 2016 edition. 3 rounds in the Watershed Preserve, water/ aid is always at the beginning of each round. Typical for Seattle, weather conditions the day before were rainy and so the trails was a bit slippery and muddy but in general in great conditions. light ups and downs. At the finish line was a chocolate buffet ready for all runners. Great Medal and chocolate finisher gift as well as bonus (pralinees) for the winners, t-shirt to be bought individually. No extra awards.

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Raptor Ridge Half Marathon

Raptor Ridge Half Marathon

About 300 people participated in the 2016 edition of Dirt Devil Racing^s Raptor Ridge Halloween Half. It is a point to point race with a turning point at mile 6.5 … MORE

About 300 people participated in the 2016 edition of Dirt Devil Racing^s Raptor Ridge Halloween Half. It is a point to point race with a turning point at mile 6.5 after you had to climb/ run up Raptor Ridge. The pathes are fairly wide except that “mountain” part. 5 Waterstops, great t-shirt, beer glass. The After party at a brewery was with award ceremony but only for the winners of 10-year age groups.

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Munich (Munchen) Marathon

Munich (Munchen) Marathon

Visiting my brother in Munich we decided (well ahead) to run the marathon together. Expo, start and finish is the Olympic Park, that almost felt to small for the expo. … MORE

Visiting my brother in Munich we decided (well ahead) to run the marathon together. Expo, start and finish is the Olympic Park, that almost felt to small for the expo. The race was through the city and the English Garden- a mix of asphalt and park roads, partially a bit narrow with light ups and downs. The finish line is in the Olympic stadium from 1972 and well-organised with beer and water, rolls, fruit and cake. The medal is traditinally heart shaped like a cookie that you can get at Oktoberfest.

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Danske Bank Oslo Marathon

Danske Bank Oslo Marathon

Great discount as 100halfmarathonsclub member for the registration fee. Easy registration and race packet pick up with nice expo. The different distances have seperate starts and there are corals with … MORE

Great discount as 100halfmarathonsclub member for the registration fee. Easy registration and race packet pick up with nice expo. The different distances have seperate starts and there are corals with different starting times and thats good. Most of the race is on relatively narrow streets. Little altitude changes but asphalt, broken asphalt, gravel, dirt… with the change of underground it almost felt like a trail race. Loop starts at the city hall, goes along the opera through a container harbour and the inner city. I enjoyed the scenery. Many pace makers. Great medal and drinks/ food in the end. I recommend the race

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Stockholm Half Marathon

Stockholm Half Marathon

About 18,000 people run the halfmarathon in Swedens capital. Total elevation gain is about 80-100m - a big loop that starts near the opera and the royal palace and finishes … MORE

About 18,000 people run the halfmarathon in Swedens capital. Total elevation gain is about 80-100m – a big loop that starts near the opera and the royal palace and finishes there. Very easy race paket pick up and smooth race day organisation. Plenty of water stops and coffee and cinnamon rolls (kanel bulla) in the end as well as a pack with rehydration and bars. About 60 Euros. I was pacing for friends. There were plenty people of people along the streets but I thought the athosphere would be a little more cheerful. Nonetheless worth a trip and I d participate again…

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Stadtwerke Dusseldorf Half Marathon

Stadtwerke Dusseldorf Half Marathon

First of all I got to say that the organisers where really helpful since I kinda messed up my registration and I could run nonethess after paying 5 Euros extra … MORE

First of all I got to say that the organisers where really helpful since I kinda messed up my registration and I could run nonethess after paying 5 Euros extra for same day registration. Was a 2 halfs/ same day running experience and my legs were a bit heavy after my first half that day. Flat-ish course in the city (paved) and through bits of the city park. 4 big rounds, water and sportsdrink. Music and a good vibe. In comparison relativly inexpensive (30Euro) but only a medal, no swag (at least not for late registration. Tshirts were sold for 12 Euro extra.

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Stadtwerke Bochum Half Marathon

Stadtwerke Bochum Half Marathon

One small and three bigger laps in central Bochum. A little height altitude, but nothing major. Same day race bag pick-up! Post race area with live music and beer. MORE

One small and three bigger laps in central Bochum. A little height altitude, but nothing major. Same day race bag pick-up! Post race area with live music and beer.

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GRAWE Night Marathon

GRAWE Night Marathon

Second time runner in the third edition of the race. Main distances start at sunset, runners get LED wristbands, candles along the way, but some parts were still dark. Depending … MORE

Second time runner in the third edition of the race. Main distances start at sunset, runners get LED wristbands, candles along the way, but some parts were still dark. Depending on the distance you choose (1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or full marathon) one runs 1,2,3 or 4 rounds in Bundek park and long the river. Every 5 k you pass a water station (for the Halfmarathon at k5, k10.5, k15.5 and in the finish) there you could get water, chocolate milk, yoghurt and beer. Great medal and nice tshirt. Music in park. No sports expo. Nonetheless more Professional than Last year and only 20€. Packet pick up at race day was only from 5-6pm and took me 45min of queueing.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin 1/2 Marathon

Second time runner. Participated in 5k, Halfmarathon and fun run. Lots of swag but this years expo was very small, though centrally located in trinity college. In comparison: cheap entry. … MORE

Second time runner. Participated in 5k, Halfmarathon and fun run. Lots of swag but this years expo was very small, though centrally located in trinity college. In comparison: cheap entry. Start is at the port, finish in Phoenix park. The course itself has some sights but Dublin is more for the vibe. Free Shuttles from the park to catch buses/ trams.

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Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

Fun city race with two rounds around the Reeperbahn before heading out along the harbour and Alster. Great crowd. Lots of different post race drinks MORE

Fun city race with two rounds around the Reeperbahn before heading out along the harbour and Alster. Great crowd. Lots of different post race drinks

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Moonlight Half Marathon (Venice)

Moonlight Half Marathon (Venice)

The race is on a half peninsula about 20-30 min by boat away from the city of Venice. Race packet pick up is close to the finish and even further … MORE

The race is on a half peninsula about 20-30 min by boat away from the city of Venice. Race packet pick up is close to the finish and even further out- took me almost 4 hours for the round trip. Start in corals but was tight. Flat course, parts were scenic with the sunset. After the finish there is a little beach party.

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Leiden Marathon

Leiden Marathon

Big loop (start=finish) in the charming town of Leiden along canals, typical Dutch houses and windmills. In the beginning despite of corals very narrow. Saw some people falling down. Average … MORE

Big loop (start=finish) in the charming town of Leiden along canals, typical Dutch houses and windmills. In the beginning despite of corals very narrow. Saw some people falling down. Average post race food/ drinks

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Bucharest Half Marathon

Bucharest Half Marathon

Starting and finishing at the palace of people, passes/ sour rounds the national soccer stadium, doenst pass by the older part of Bucharest. Small sports expo. Very little cheering crowd. … MORE

Starting and finishing at the palace of people, passes/ sour rounds the national soccer stadium, doenst pass by the older part of Bucharest. Small sports expo. Very little cheering crowd. Flat race, about 20€.

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Berlin Half Marathon

Berlin Half Marathon

Berlin Half Marathon in its 36th edition is one of the must-run spring races in Europe. With coral enforcement and a fast and flat course it is good for a … MORE

Berlin Half Marathon in its 36th edition is one of the must-run spring races in Europe. With coral enforcement and a fast and flat course it is good for a PR and the numerous spectators cheer everyone. Also if you want to enjoy the scenic route through central Berlin and take Pics- you pass along almost every sight. The medals have been the same in years with only variation of motives on the backside. There is no swag. For late-comers or non-residents, there is a same-day bib pick up that is not advertised though.

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North London Half Marathon

North London Half Marathon

There is not much scenery around the wembley stadum and so the race that starts nearby and finishes in that notoriously famous fotball aka soccer stadium winds its way through … MORE

There is not much scenery around the wembley stadum and so the race that starts nearby and finishes in that notoriously famous fotball aka soccer stadium winds its way through nice but not very interestting residential neighbourhoods. Tshirt and a finisher medal both sporting the architectually iconic arch of the stadium. Post race we got pretty much told to leave the stadium quickly to make room for incoming runners. Cheap race entry and probably growing quickly in number of participants over the next years since usually all bigger races in London are sold out…

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Semi de Paris (Paris Half Marathon)

Semi de Paris (Paris Half Marathon)

Not that many halfmarathons in Europe in early spring. Paris is often still cold then. Expo is relatively big. Start= finish, passing some sights of eastern Paris like hotel de … MORE

Not that many halfmarathons in Europe in early spring. Paris is often still cold then. Expo is relatively big. Start= finish, passing some sights of eastern Paris like hotel de vile and place de la Bastille.

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Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon

Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon

Which is the biggest problem: streets are closed for the race. Cabs don't run in the inner city. Was very tight that we got there. Big loop/ start= finish. MORE

Which is the biggest problem: streets are closed for the race. Cabs don’t run in the inner city. Was very tight that we got there. Big loop/ start= finish.

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eDreams Barcelona Half Marathon

eDreams Barcelona Half Marathon

The current women's world record in Half marathon was run in Barcelona. February in Barcelona usually gives you perfect running temperatures. It is a flat course with scenic parts along … MORE

The current women’s world record in Half marathon was run in Barcelona. February in Barcelona usually gives you perfect running temperatures. It is a flat course with scenic parts along the city, beach and finishing at the arc de Triomf. Professional and good set up, very small expo for the size of the race.

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Miami Marathon & Half Marathon

Miami Marathon & Half Marathon

Miami Marathon had one of the biggest and best sports exhibitions. A lot of swag and give aways. The race started at 6a.m. and I was running with jacket until … MORE

Miami Marathon had one of the biggest and best sports exhibitions. A lot of swag and give aways. The race started at 6a.m. and I was running with jacket until it finally warmed up a little towards the end of the race. Start was at American Airlines Areana and one runs along the port to Miami Beach, a loop there and back (I kinda new the course since the Halloween race uses a similar route). The finisher medal was built out of three rings that spin around eachother- one mof my most favourite bling ever. The area at the finish was big and great to relax in.

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Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side

Dressed up as Princess Leia I got all the cheering I needed. Photo stops with Star Wars character on the course/ but expensive photos. Great sports expo but only the … MORE

Dressed up as Princess Leia I got all the cheering I needed. Photo stops with Star Wars character on the course/ but expensive photos. Great sports expo but only the days before the race, no same day race packet pick up. Early morning start. First miles in the park, later along Annaheim. 5 corals to seperate walkers from runners…Very commercial but fun, however don’t think I need to do it again

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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The Haunted Half – Phoenix

The Haunted Half – Phoenix

I don't like bashing a race. However, there were some critical points: it is called Phoenix but held in Chandler/ quite a drive away. They ran out of their swag … MORE

I don’t like bashing a race. However, there were some critical points: it is called Phoenix but held in Chandler/ quite a drive away. They ran out of their swag when I got there, no substitutes. The start is far out/ shuttle bus is offered. A bit of dessert scenery but lots of boring parts. Water stations were sufficient. Finish area was nice with Halloween themed photo areas. Award show started wayyyy later since the award medals were not there. Medals and awards were very flashy. I finished first in my age group and all in all I d run it again…

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
2
SWAG
3

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Halloween Half Marathon – Miami Beach

Halloween Half Marathon – Miami Beach

Early Morning Start. Flat course. Regular race drinks n food but awesome post race buffet at the beach. Shuttle from finish to the start/ car parking MORE

Early Morning Start. Flat course. Regular race drinks n food but awesome post race buffet at the beach. Shuttle from finish to the start/ car parking

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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