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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
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(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
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SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
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SWAG
4.5
More than 6,500 runners have raced in previous editions in the centre of San Sebastian on an urban route at sea level. Take part in this prestigious race and enjoy the beauty, cuisine and culture of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. In 2016, 64% of participants improved their … MORE
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    kenspruell REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Muy buen camino. Los más importante, 2014 (el año pasado) el 68% de los participantes consiguieron mejorar su marca personal. Las tres carreras, maratón y medio maratón y 10K, son … MORE

    Muy buen camino.
    Los más importante, 2014 (el año pasado) el 68% de los participantes consiguieron mejorar su marca personal. Las tres carreras, maratón y medio maratón y 10K, son ideales para la marca personal y este año es el mismo, los más de 6.800 atletas inscritos son muy rápidos. La gente de San Sebastián son amables, la ciudad es bonita y los atletas son una inspiración. Sólo es… venga atletas. Ojalá volver por muchos años más.

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    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    kenspruell FIRST-TIMER '14

    Well, after running the San Sebastian marathon, you're stuck in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain filled with culinary delights. The town has 185,000 inhabitants, 17 Michelin-rated restaurants … MORE

    Well, after running the San Sebastian marathon, you’re stuck in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain filled with culinary delights. The town has 185,000 inhabitants, 17 Michelin-rated restaurants and 600 pintxo (tapas) bars. Bilbao is 1 hour away. France is 20 minutes away. La Rioja wine region is 2 hours away. And beautiful coastline stretches out in all directions. So make a vacation out of it and enjoy a wonderful place!

    As for the race, it’s about as ideal as I can imagine. Will definitely repeat. It is flat, very flat. It is at sea level. The weather in northern Spain can be more like Ireland/Scotland so expect 55F and drizzle. That is what we had and it was lovely to run in. Not heavy rain, light drizzle. It is a very fast field with lots of top runners; Spain’s best competes here. In 2013, 91% of runners finished <4h; 63% finished 3:30h. Marathon cut-off is 5 hours. Course is a not ideal double loop but scenery of course more than make up for that. You run through the picturesque old parts of town and then out and back twice along the most beautiful and world famous La Concha beach. Best part about the race is in spite of its population, the city comes out to support the run. Absent a few stretches at the end of La Concha beach, it feels as if the entire town is out cheering you on and screaming "Vale! Vamos! Andimo!" to motivate and support you. Pace groups every 15 minutes from 2h 30 to 4h is nice. Logistics are easy given small, quaint size of the city. We took a 10 min free-for-runners city bus to the start the morning of, and it is I must say so civilized starting a marathon at 9am with minimal logistics/travel to organize. The extra sleep was nice. Marathon is capped at 3,200 runners so easy to get in to a pace from the get go. Volunteers are wonderful. Aid stations every 3km to 5km throughout the course, well-stocked. They do plastic water bottles, not paper cups if that matters to you. You can pre-position your own fluids, gels if you prefer to roll that way. Start, finish and mid-point at the Anoeta Stadium where the city's La Liga team plays. Go Real Sociedad! Finish line is on the track in the 32,000 seat stadium.

    Highly recommend and we will repeat in a heartbeat. Not the easiest place to get to from the U.S. but worth it in every way for a PR and for a lovely part of the world to visit.

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    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    angelamilliken Nov 28, 2017 at 10:23am

    Great review! I was booked onto this race in 2016, but then got a Boston Marathon place, so didn't want to risk running two marathons too close together. Maybe one… MORE

    Great review! I was booked onto this race in 2016, but then got a Boston Marathon place, so didn't want to risk running two marathons too close together. Maybe one to plan for 2018. Travelling from the UK is much easier - can appreciate the journey stateside - time difference, expense etc. If you ever fancy another great marathon and travelling even further I highly recommend Loch Ness - that's where I qualified for Boston and as you appear to like nice scenery this one is fabulous - a full pipe band starts the race! Hope you are enjoying your time in Spain - I know it very well so enjoy ! LESS

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