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@YanisNanashi

GERMANY Raving since 2017 100 Half Marathons Club active 1 month ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    100 Half Marathons Club

  • Rave race:
  • Race that's calling my name:

    NYC Manhattan Half Marathon

  • I run because:

    it´s a fun way to see the world, keep your body in shape and experience adventures!

My races

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Personal Bests (6)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Zurich, Switzerland Apr 24, 2016 3:35:51
25K Berlin, Germany May 15, 2016 1:57:02
Half Marathon Valencia, Spain Mar 24, 2018 1:37:10
10K Frankfurt, Germany Jun 9, 2016 44:31
5.6K Frankfurt, Germany Jun 15, 2016 23:20
5K Dublin, Ireland Aug 6, 2016 23:07

Future Races (16)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Yerevan, Armenia Oct 21, 2018
Half Marathon Accra, Ghana Oct 28, 2018
Marathon Nice, France Nov 4, 2018
Half Marathon Beirut, Lebanon Nov 11, 2018
Half Marathon Libreville, Gabon Dec 2, 2018
Half Marathon Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dec 7, 2018
Half Marathon Taipei, Taiwan Dec 9, 2018
Half Marathon Pisa, Italy Dec 16, 2018
Half Marathon Dubai, United Arab Emirates Feb 8, 2019
Half Marathon Barcelona, Spain Feb 10, 2019
Marathon Tokyo, Japan Mar 3, 2019
Half Marathon Berlin, Germany Apr 7, 2019
Marathon London, United Kingdom Apr 28, 2019
Half Marathon St Gallen, Switzerland May 30, 2019
Half Marathon Hamburg, Germany Jun 30, 2019
Half Marathon Omsk, Russia 2019

Past Races (156)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Krakow, Poland Oct 14, 2018
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 7, 2018
5K Chicago, IL Oct 6, 2018
Half Marathon Glasgow, Scotland Sep 30, 2018
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 16, 2018
Half Marathon Minsk, Belarus Sep 9, 2018 1:47:52
Half Marathon Egelsbach, Germany Aug 26, 2018 1:50:47
Half Marathon Reykjavik, Iceland Aug 18, 2018 1:42:15
2nd Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 29, 2018 1:38:59
Half Marathon Hamburg, Germany Jul 1, 2018 1:42:36
Half Marathon Portree, United Kingdom Jun 9, 2018 1:48:17
5.6K Frankfurt, Germany Jun 7, 2018 24:33
Half Marathon Fehmarn, Germany Jun 2, 2018 1:45:07
Half Marathon Edinburgh, Scotland May 27, 2018 1:41:41
10K Frankfurt, Germany May 24, 2018 44:31
Half Marathon Moscow, Russia May 20, 2018 1:42:51
Half Marathon St Gallen, Switzerland May 10, 2018 1:50:11
Half Marathon Dubrovnik, Croatia Apr 29, 2018 1:48:38
Half Marathon Cluj-Napoca, Romania Apr 15, 2018 1:44:46
Half Marathon Paderborner, Germany Mar 31, 2018 1:51:49
Half Marathon Valencia, Spain Mar 24, 2018 1:37:10
Half Marathon New York City, NY Mar 18, 2018 1:40:09
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY Mar 17, 2018 1:44:36
Half Marathon Frankfurt, Germany Mar 11, 2018 1:40:41
Half Marathon Listvyanka, Russia Mar 7, 2018 2:58:45
Half Marathon London, United Kingdom Mar 4, 2018 1:39:41
Half Marathon Mdina - Sliema, Malta Feb 25, 2018 1:38:47
Half Marathon Barcelona, Spain Feb 11, 2018 1:39:47
Half Marathon Naples, Italy Feb 4, 2018 1:39:55
Half Marathon Miami, FL Jan 28, 2018 1:50:23
Half Marathon Gran Canaria, Spain Jan 21, 2018 1:43:52
Half Marathon Schlieren, Switzerland Jan 1, 2018 1:50:16
Half Marathon Placencia, Belize Dec 10, 2017 1:45:44
Half Marathon San Jose, Costa Rica Dec 3, 2017 1:51:53
Half Marathon Ciudad de Panama, Panama Nov 26, 2017 1:57:47
Half Marathon Havana, Cuba Nov 19, 2017 1:52:52
Half Marathon DE Amsterdam, Netherlands Oct 15, 2017 1:57:21
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2017 4:09:41
5K Chicago, IL Oct 7, 2017 26:03
Half Marathon Aschafffenburg, Germany Oct 1, 2017 1:46:21
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 24, 2017 3:59:07
Half Marathon Copenhagen, Denmark Sep 17, 2017 1:45:41
Half Marathon Kelowna, Canada Sep 3, 2017 1:46:20
Half Marathon Emmelshausen, Germany Aug 27, 2017 1:49:15
Half Marathon Jönköping, Sweden Aug 19, 2017 1:52:46
Half Marathon Metzingen, Germany Jul 9, 2017 1:56:03
Half Marathon Wiesbaden, Germany Jul 1, 2017 2:43:26
Half Marathon Marburg, Germany Jun 30, 2017 1:44:18
Half Marathon Hamburg, Germany Jun 25, 2017 1:58:41
Half Marathon Eschborn, Germany Jun 18, 2017 1:46:13
5.6K Frankfurt, Germany Jun 13, 2017 25:01
Half Marathon Potsdam, Germany Jun 11, 2017 1:51:52
Half Marathon Helsinki, Finland Jun 10, 2017 1:49:28
Half Marathon Torshavn, Faroe Islands Jun 3, 2017 1:52:30
Half Marathon Winterthur, Switzerland May 28, 2017 1:48:31
Half Marathon Gothenburg, Sweden May 20, 2017 1:47:51
Half Marathon Heidelberg, Germany Apr 30, 2017 1:59:38
Half Marathon Dakar, Senegal Apr 16, 2017 1:47:55
Half Marathon Brufut, Gambia Apr 15, 2017 1:55:54
Half Marathon Florence, Italy Apr 9, 2017 1:46:25
Half Marathon Prague, Czech Republic Apr 1, 2017 1:46:11
Half Marathon Venlo, Netherlands Mar 26, 2017 1:45:27
Half Marathon New York City, NY Mar 19, 2017 1:42:57
Half Marathon São Paulo, Brazil Feb 19, 2017 2:17:17
Half Marathon Naples, Italy Feb 5, 2017 1:52:59
Half Marathon Siem Reap, Cambodia Dec 4, 2016 2:04:09
Half Marathon Kuwait City, Kuwait Nov 19, 2016 1:50:27
Half Marathon Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Nov 18, 2016 1:53:14
Half Marathon Huangpu, China Oct 30, 2016 2:05:30
Half Marathon Kisarazu, Japan Oct 23, 2016 1:57:35
Half Marathon Offenbach, Germany Oct 16, 2016 1:54:03
Half Marathon Stockholm, Sweden Sep 10, 2016 1:47:24
Half Marathon Reykjavik, Iceland Aug 20, 2016 1:40:09
Half Marathon Nuuk, Greenland Aug 13, 2016 1:48:31
Half Marathon Dublin, Ireland Aug 7, 2016 1:48:03
5K Dublin, Ireland Aug 6, 2016 23:07
1st Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 31, 2016 1:53:59
Half Marathon Eschborn, Germany Jul 10, 2016 1:44:48
Half Marathon Marburg, Germany Jul 1, 2016 1:39:36
Half Marathon Hamburg, Germany Jun 26, 2016 1:38:02
Half Marathon Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany Jun 18, 2016 1:48:39
5.6K Frankfurt, Germany Jun 15, 2016 23:20
Half Marathon Helsinki, Finland Jun 11, 2016 1:37:52
10K Frankfurt, Germany Jun 9, 2016 44:31
Marathon Masaka, Uganda Jun 5, 2016 4:26:48
Half Marathon Hall in Tirol, Austria May 21, 2016 1:54:37
25K Berlin, Germany May 15, 2016 1:57:02
Half Marathon Heilbronn, Germany May 8, 2016 1:42:45
Marathon Zurich, Switzerland Apr 24, 2016 3:35:51
Half Marathon Chisinau, Maldives Apr 17, 2016 1:40:48
Half Marathon Cairo, Egypt Apr 15, 2016 1:38:27
Half Marathon Wien, Austria Apr 10, 2016 1:39:42
Half Marathon Berlin, Germany Apr 3, 2016 1:39:23
Half Marathon New York City, NY Mar 20, 2016 1:37:25
Half Marathon Frankfurt, Germany Mar 13, 2016 1:38:41
Half Marathon Paris, France Mar 6, 2016 1:41:12
Half Marathon Tel Aviv, Israel Feb 26, 2016 1:39:10
Half Marathon Morfelden-Walldorf, Germany Feb 21, 2016 1:37:21
Half Marathon Barcelona, Spain Feb 14, 2016 1:37:54
Half Marathon Muscat, Oman Jan 29, 2016 1:42:50
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Jan 17, 2016 1:48:44
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Dec 13, 2015 1:44:57
Half Marathon San Jose, Costa Rica Dec 6, 2015 1:52:13
Half Marathon Curacao, Netherlands Antilles Nov 29, 2015 1:58:24
Half Marathon Guayaquil, Ecuador Oct 4, 2015 1:46:30
Half Marathon Karlsruhe, Germany Sep 20, 2015 1:48:54
Half Marathon Tallinn, Estonia Sep 13, 2015 1:48:18
Half Marathon Marburg, Germany Jul 3, 2015 1:57:28
5.6K Frankfurt, Germany Jun 17, 2015 24:14
Half Marathon Longyearbyen, Norway Jun 6, 2015 1:47:34
Half Marathon Kigali, Rwanda May 24, 2015 1:59:07
Half Marathon Wuertzburg, Germany May 17, 2015 1:39:49
Half Marathon Mainz, Germany May 10, 2015 1:40:15
Half Marathon Istanbul, Turkey Apr 26, 2015 1:38:37
Half Marathon Leipzig, Germany Apr 19, 2015 1:38:29
Half Marathon Amman, Jordan Apr 3, 2015 1:37:38
Half Marathon Berlin, Germany Mar 29, 2015 1:41:02
Half Marathon New York City, NY Mar 15, 2015 1:43:22
Marathon Tindouf, Algeria Feb 24, 2015 5:01:55
Half Marathon Marrakech, Morocco Jan 25, 2015 1:51:41
Half Marathon Singapore, Singapore Dec 7, 2014 2:19:52
Half Marathon Eindhoven, Netherlands Oct 12, 2014 1:49:27
Half Marathon Oslo, Norway Sep 20, 2014 1:49:07
Half Marathon Copenhagen, Denmark Sep 14, 2014 1:48:22
Half Marathon Hamburg, Germany Jun 29, 2014 1:45:33
Half Marathon Mannheim, Germany May 31, 2014 1:47:07
Half Marathon Skopje, Republic of Macedonia May 11, 2014 1:50:43
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada May 4, 2014 1:45:19
Half Marathon Madrid, Spain Apr 6, 2014 1:49:34
Half Marathon Berlin, Germany Mar 30, 2014 1:45:24
Half Marathon New York City, NY Mar 16, 2014 1:46:53
Half Marathon Ft. Lauderdale, FL Feb 16, 2014 1:48:55
Half Marathon Bangkok, Thailand Nov 17, 2013 1:44:13
Half Marathon Cologne, Germany Oct 13, 2013 1:44:20
Half Marathon Reykjavik, Iceland Aug 24, 2013 1:44:51
Half Marathon Tromso, Norway Jan 5, 2013 1:49:11
Half Marathon Cascais, Portugal Dec 9, 2012 1:44:49
Marathon Frankfurt, Germany Oct 28, 2012 4:11:08
1st Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 29, 2012 1:48:38
Marathon Copenhagen, Denmark May 20, 2012 4:15:36
Half Marathon Beijing, China Oct 20, 2011 1:45:38
Half Marathon Budapest, Hungary Sep 4, 2011 1:48:00
Marathon Stockholm, Sweden May 28, 2011 4:30:07
Half Marathon Berlin, Germany Apr 3, 2011 1:59:33
Half Marathon Mainz, Germany May 9, 2010 1:53:31
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada Jun 22, 2008 1:43:47
Half Marathon Mainz, Germany May 4, 2008 1:39:46
Half Marathon Berlin, Germany Apr 6, 2008 1:40:36
Half Marathon Frankfurt, Germany Mar 2, 2008 1:46:42
Half Marathon Stockholm, Sweden Sep 15, 2007 1:59:09
Half Marathon Hamburg, Germany Jun 24, 2007 1:51:27
Half Marathon Mainz, Germany May 6, 2007 1:47:05
Half Marathon Berlin, Germany Apr 1, 2007 1:52:41
Marathon Hamburg, Germany May 20, 1990 4:49:45
Marathon Hamburg, Germany Apr 24, 1988 5:09:54
Marathon Hamburg, Germany Apr 26, 1987 4:23:54

My Raves

Minsk Half Marathon

Minsk Half Marathon

Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is a quite big city with around 2 million inhabitants. The half marathon is a wonderful opportunity to see the city as its downtown course … MORE

Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is a quite big city with around 2 million inhabitants. The half marathon is a wonderful opportunity to see the city as its downtown course has quite a few sights to offer. Start and finish is right in the city centre next to Galleria Minsk, a modern shopping mall, in which runners also get their bibs the days before the marathon. For late comers a pre-race pick up is offered in the morning before the race starts – everything is easy going even though the race is quite big with around 10.000 runners for different races (5,5 – 10,55 and 21,1km). Every runner gets a T-Shirt (not really nice and quite cheap looking) and of course a medal after finishing the race. The start was very funny as it was accompanied by Russian folklore dancers and Russian music as well as huge confetti canons. The atmosphere along the course was good with military music bands and cheerleader girls cheering the runners.
Critic points are:
1) only few water stations (every 5km) even though weather was sunny and much warmer than expected. Runners were offered water, oranges and bananas along the course and Coca Cola in the finish area.
2) it was a bit too crowed at the beginning and slow runners were in front…
3) runners only got the bib with a T-Shirt, but no bag

All in all I can recommend the race if one is interested to visit Belarus. The Hilton Double Tree is a perfect option to stay as the hotel is situated right next to start/finish and Galleria Minsk where the bib pick up takes place. Everything is VERY EASY and also very reasonable! 🙂

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Koberstadter Wald-Marathon

Koberstadter Wald-Marathon

Koberstädter Waldmarathon is a very unspectacular race in Egelsbach which is a small city close to Frankfurt. Start and finish takes place at the stadium. The course is 85% through … MORE

Koberstädter Waldmarathon is a very unspectacular race in Egelsbach which is a small city close to Frankfurt. Start and finish takes place at the stadium. The course is 85% through the forest and not as flat as expected. Unfortunately runners don´t get a medal.

DIFFICULTY
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Reykjavik Marathon

Reykjavik Marathon

I have run Reykjavik half marathon 3 times and I really do like the race and the city. The course is beautiful and except of a few hills it´s a … MORE

I have run Reykjavik half marathon 3 times and I really do like the race and the city. The course is beautiful and except of a few hills it´s a quite flat and fast course. All runners get a T-Shirt and a medal. To be honest it´s definitely not one of my favorite medals, but the race itself is one my favorite ones – everything is easy going and fun!

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San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

After having run the 1st half of San Francisco Marathon I finally ran the 2nd half this year. It´s a much faster course and I really liked to finish in … MORE

After having run the 1st half of San Francisco Marathon I finally ran the 2nd half this year. It´s a much faster course and I really liked to finish in downtown. The expo of SF Marathon is good and well organized. All runners get a long sleeve shirt when picking up the bibs. The start of SF Marathon is at 5.30 am. This year for the first time the start of the 1st half was not at the same time, but one hour later at 6.30 am. The course of the 1st has changed and does not allow runners to cross Golden Gate Bridge. The start of the 2nd half is at 6.45 am and runners were brought to the Golden Gate Park by shuttle busses leaving the start/finish area between 5 and 5.45 am. The start was smooth and the course first made a round through Golden Gate Park before going down to downtown. The course is hilly, but as it´s more downhill than uphill it´s good for pb.

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Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

Ok, I have written some reviews about Hamburg Half Marathon before and it still belongs to my absolute favorite races. Some slight changes have been done this year so that … MORE

Ok, I have written some reviews about Hamburg Half Marathon before and it still belongs to my absolute favorite races. Some slight changes have been done this year so that the race even got better! The expo takes place at the Hamburg fair and is bigger and better than before. Picking up the race package was very easy and fast. The course also changed a bit. The start at the famous Reeperbahn (Red Light District) is still the same, but at the end the course now takes runners to the beautiful river Alster and the finish is at the fair which is better than before as there is more space for the growing number of runners. This year around 12.000 runners were registered for the race. The weather was as beautiful as it can be which made the race an absolute fantastic event with thousands of spectators and many bands along the course! I once again fell in love with Hamburg Half Marathon!

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Isle of Skye Half Marathon

Isle of Skye Half Marathon

The Isle of Skye is a beautiful island in the northwest of Scotland. It´s really stunning and worth to travel to! The start and finish of the half marathon is … MORE

The Isle of Skye is a beautiful island in the northwest of Scotland. It´s really stunning and worth to travel to! The start and finish of the half marathon is in Portree, the capital of the island, which is a very cosy and small town. Everything is easy. The expo takes place at the high school which is a 5 minutes walk from the centre. That´s also where the start and finish is. The race was sold out which means that 1000 runners were registered. The atmosphere at the start was very nice. Warm up was offered and a band of typical Scottish bagpipe players lead the runners to the start blocks. The race started on time at 10.30 am. The course was quite beautiful and very hilly which made it tough. Actually I expected the course to be even more scenic. All runners got a medal as well as an orange T-Shirt (why are the T-Shirts always orange?) and a certificate.

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JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge – Frankfurt

JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge – Frankfurt

JP Morgan Corporate Challange is a 5,6km run through downtown of Frankfurt. Around 65.000 runners from hundreds of different companies run and party together. The company with the highest number … MORE

JP Morgan Corporate Challange is a 5,6km run through downtown of Frankfurt. Around 65.000 runners from hundreds of different companies run and party together. The company with the highest number of runners is Lufthansa with round about 1700 runners. Every runner gets a company T-Shirt for the race and a JP Morgan Finisher Shirt after the race!

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Fehmarn Marathon

Fehmarn Marathon

Fehmarn is a small German island in the Baltic Sea around 1 to 2 hours drive from Hamburg. The marathon is a running festival for the whole family. You can … MORE

Fehmarn is a small German island in the Baltic Sea around 1 to 2 hours drive from Hamburg. The marathon is a running festival for the whole family. You can run a full marathon (2 laps), half marathon (1lap), 10k, 5k and there is also a kid´s run. As the weather was beautiful this year the atmosphere at the start and finish was fantastic. Start of the marathon was at 10 am and the half marathon at 10.30 am which was a bit late as it became very hot. As there is absolutely no shadow along the course (Fehmarn is a very flat island and running at the dike does not provide any shadow at all) it became quite tough at the end. The course is a beautiful round course of 21.1km and absolutely flat. As it is a very small race with 150 half marathon runners and some 70 marathon runners there is no expo. Unfortunately this year runners did not get a medal – I was very disappointed when I realized that fact as it was my 150th half marathon. At least we got a certificate.

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon Festival (emf) is the biggest running event in Scotland. Runners can choose between 26.2 and 13.1 miles (and some shorter distances). I ran the half marathon. Start is … MORE

Edinburgh Marathon Festival (emf) is the biggest running event in Scotland. Runners can choose between 26.2 and 13.1 miles (and some shorter distances). I ran the half marathon. Start is in downtown Edinburgh. The course takes runners out of the town quite fast down to the sea. Finish is in Wallyford close to the beach. The course is very scenic and because of the fact that it only has flat and downhill parts it´s good for a pb. Unfortunately weather conditions were quite poor this year. Sunshine was forecasted, but it was foggy, cold and quite windy. At the finish every runner got a medal and nice box including a finisher T-Shirt, a bottle, a silver foil keep warm and a cute 13.1 key chains. A free shuttle brought runners back to the city of Edinburgh. The weak points of the race: no expo on Saturday evening. Runners from UK got their bibs via mail and international runners had to pick the numbers at the help desk in downtown. So we did not get any race-bags. I should have known before. There were only few toilets at the start as no portable toilets were used – only the normal public toilets around. The way to the shuttle bus was around 1.5 miles from the finish – yeah!!! So it took quite a while to get back. I was very happy that I rebooked my flight to the later flight.

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Fraport Lauf (Frankfurt International Airport Run)

Fraport Lauf (Frankfurt International Airport Run)

Once every year the airport of Frankfurt is organizing the FRAPORT RUN. Runners can choose between 5 or 10k. The race takes place in a forest close to the airport … MORE

Once every year the airport of Frankfurt is organizing the FRAPORT RUN. Runners can choose between 5 or 10k. The race takes place in a forest close to the airport and is accompanied by a nice party with music and barbecue. The course is flat, beautiful and shady.

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Moscow Half Marathon

Moscow Half Marathon

Very nice Expo with lots of opportunities to get running stuff, take photos or have a coffee or grab some food at one of the food trucks. The race starts … MORE

Very nice Expo with lots of opportunities to get running stuff, take photos or have a coffee or grab some food at one of the food trucks. The race starts near the stadium and it´s very easy to get there by taxi / Uber which is extremely cheap in Moscow. Very well organized at the start with music, tribunes for spectators, food trucks, changing rooms etc. The course is flat and very scenic. It takes runners along the river Moskva to downtown and you pass by the famous Kreml and Basilica (Red Square) 2 times – really amazing! Atmosphere at the finish is also fantastic, several opportunities to take pictures in front of huge posters. All runners get a big medal and a T-Shirt. The only thing that could be improved is that at the water stations water was not always handed over to the runners but we had to take it ourselves from the table and the bag drop was a little bit chaotic, because all runners wanted to drop the bags as late as possible due to the bad weather. It was raining and quite cold even though weather in Moscow in May usually is fantastic!

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Auffahrtslauf St. Gallen

Auffahrtslauf St. Gallen

St. Gallen Half Marathon, called Auffahrtslauf, takes place every year at Ascension Day. It´s a running festival for the whole family with a kid´s run, 10k and the half marathon. … MORE

St. Gallen Half Marathon, called Auffahrtslauf, takes place every year at Ascension Day. It´s a running festival for the whole family with a kid´s run, 10k and the half marathon. All races start in the afternoon and the last one is the half marathon at 6.30 pm. Included in the registration fee is a free ticket for the Swiss railway within Switzerland which made it very easy for me to get from Zurich airport to St. Gallen which is a 1 hour train ride. Also included i a free T-Shirt which runners should wear in order to get into the party zone with free beer and other drinks and snacks after the race. I normally never wear the official race shirts but this time I did even though I did not like the color. The course is VERY rich in variety starting at the St. Gallen arena which is about 6km out of the city centre. It´s a very hilly and tough course but it also has a flat part in between which takes runners through beautiful downtown of St. Gallen. The atmosphere along the course is fantastic – many spectators, music bands also playing traditional Swiss instruments like Alphorn. The finish is in the stadium and wearing the official T-Shirt (almost everybody did) you get entrance to the party zone with free alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer as well as other drinks and snacks. Unfortunately the weather was not good at all this year as Ascension Day was the only rainy, cold and windy day within a beautiful sunny period. I would love to run this race again with beautiful weather. It must be gorgeous then!

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Du Motion Runners’ Days Dubrovnik

Du Motion Runners’ Days Dubrovnik

Du Motion Running Festival in Dubrovnik was held for the 4th time. It´s very well organized and offers a 2,5km fun race called Run The Wall on Saturday, a Kid´s … MORE

Du Motion Running Festival in Dubrovnik was held for the 4th time. It´s very well organized and offers a 2,5km fun race called Run The Wall on Saturday, a Kid´s Run, 5k and Half Marathon on Sunday. Of course I ran the Half Marathon but I also wanted to do the fun run on Saturday as it´s very unique to run the ancient City Wall of Dubrovnik which is normally packed with tourists. The registration fee of USD 100 seemed a bit expensive to me, but I have to admit, that it was definitely worth the money. I went to the small expo which is very close to the Entrance Gate of the old town. The expo is small, but nice. I got water and espresso for free and everything went smoothly. I picked up my packages and was very surprised to get a quite nice backpack, one T-Shirt each for both races (Ready To Run The Wall and Ready To Run 21k), Gels, Bars, Water, and VIP Runner passes which were good for free public transport, free boat-trip to the island of Lokrum, free entrance to all museums, free entrance to the city wall and reductions in many restaurants – wow that was more than worth the money as all that is very expensive in Dubrovnik. Coming to the races:
Run the Wall was really fun! 100 runners are allowed to run this unique race which starts in the beautiful Stradun – the most famous street in the old town of Dubrovnik. You run ca. 300 meters before you have to run up the stairs to enter the City Wall which is a round about 2km round course with many stairs to climb before you go down again and finish on Stradun again. Photos were taken along the course and you get them for free.
On Sunday the half marathon started at 9.30 am. Normally it´s warm in Dubrovnik at this time of the year, but this time it was even hot and sunny with almost no wind. Round about 1000 runners from all parts of the world took part in the race which also started at Stradun. The atmosphere is unique. The course takes runners from the old town through the east gate to run uphill and then downhill again to get to the harbor and then out of Dubrovnik all along the water up to km 11 where it´s time to run a U-turn back to Dubrovnik. It´s a very scenic course and water as well as energy drinks were provided very frequently. Bands were playing and the sun was burning. Almost at the end of the race the course gets really tough as there runners have to run quite steep uphill for about 1 km before the last km offers an easy downhill part before you enter the west gate to the old town again and finish on beautiful Stradun! Really one of the best races!

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Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon

Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon

Cluj-Napoca Marathon is a running festival in the romanian city of Cluj-Napoca which is located in the area of Transilvania in Romania. It´s a perfectly organized festival with a fantastic … MORE

Cluj-Napoca Marathon is a running festival in the romanian city of Cluj-Napoca which is located in the area of Transilvania in Romania. It´s a perfectly organized festival with a fantastic atmosphere. The expo takes place in a modern hall just next to the iconic Cluj Arena. It´s a nice small expo and everything is easy going. All runners get a coupon for the pasta party where you get tasty pasta either with tomato or carbonara sauce. The cotton goody bag contains gel, bars, a T-Shirt, 20 Euro coupon for low budget airline Wizz-Air (main sponsor), multi functional headwear and playing cards. Wow, really amazing as the registration fee was so low, just 15 Euro! Runners can run 5k in the morning (for free and also with a T-Shirt for free and a medal), full marathon, half marathon or 10 k. The atmosphere is super – it´s like a festival for the whole family. I ran the half marathon, but would definitively run the 5k before next time. The course of the half marathon was flat and quite scenic as it lead through historic downtown several times. Start and finish was in the Cluj Arena – a modern iconic stadium! Of course every runner got a beautiful medal and drinks as well as oranges, bananas etc. were provided. All in all a fantastic race – perfect for all runners looking for a good and VERY REASONABLE race in a city off the beaten track! I will be back for sure!!!

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Paderborn Easter Run (Paderborner Osterlauf)

Paderborn Easter Run (Paderborner Osterlauf)

Paderborner Easter Running Festival is one of the oldest street races in Germany. It was the 72nd edition and it always takes place on Saturday in the afternoon at Easter. … MORE

Paderborner Easter Running Festival is one of the oldest street races in Germany. It was the 72nd edition and it always takes place on Saturday in the afternoon at Easter. Runners have the choice between 5, 10 and 21.1 km.
The half marathon is a 2 laps course in the city of Paderborn, but unfortunately it does not hit downtown, why the course is not very attractive. It´s flat except of a bridge that has to be crossed 4 times. The spectators are the best of the race. They really know how to encourage the runners and there is a lot of music along the course. All finishers get a medal which is a easter bunny – not my style to be honest… I did the race as an easy training for Paris Marathon – therefore it was absolutely ok!

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IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

Valencia is a city for runners. The marathon (November) and also the half marathon (October) war very famous because of its flat and fast courses. This year the world half … MORE

Valencia is a city for runners. The marathon (November) and also the half marathon (October) war very famous because of its flat and fast courses. This year the world half marathon championships took place in Valencia and therefore a new course was created, even flatter than the ordinary half marathon course and with the finish at the city of arts and science (spectacular architecture by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava). The expo took place in the museum of science and the atmosphere was fantastic. There were many possibilities to take pictures and everything was easy going – no long waiting at all. Every runner got a T-Shirt (unfortunately orange again) and a bag with beer, nuts, etc.
Raceday was Saturday and the start for the elite women took place at 5.05pm, for the elite men at 5.30pm followed by the mass start. The course was REALLY FLAT – I loved it. It took us from the city of arts and science to all places in the city and as it was like an eight it was very easy for friends to cheer at the start, at km 8,5 and at the finish. The atmosphere all along the course was amazing. Many people were cheering at the course, especially from km 16 up to the finish when the course hit downtown and went back to the city of arts and science thousands of spectators were cheering the runners. The finish was spectacular! One of the best I have ever experienced. I do hope that the ordinary annually half marathon will change its course to that one. It was fast and spectacular! I love Valencia – ciudad of running! Of course every runner got a beautiful medal and we even got a whole net full of oranges at the finish!

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NYC Half

NYC Half

It was my 5th NYC Manhattan Half. I loved the old course which was good for personal bests. This year they have changed the course and there were a few … MORE

It was my 5th NYC Manhattan Half. I loved the old course which was good for personal bests. This year they have changed the course and there were a few disadvantages: first of all the start at Prospect Park was not as beautiful as it was in Central Park. There was not the same magic atmosphere. The trucks for bag check were parked the wrong way so that runners had to go behind the trucks. As it was still dark at 6 a clock I fell down as I could not see the uneven ground. Fortunately I did not hurt anything. The restrooms were IN the start corrals which was good on the one hand but lead to a chaos on the other hand. Another disadvantage is the fact that the course is much tougher than the older was. Running across Manhattan Bridge is nice, but quite hard and running Central Park at the end of the race is also quite exhausting.
Wind in New York seems to always blow from the northwest which means that now runners have to run against almost all the time while they could run with the wind on the old course.
The finish in Central Park is ok, but unfortunately friends are not able to come to the finish line as ways are blocked. Runners have to walk out of Central Park from 72nd street (finish) all the way down to the south exit at Columbus Circle where they can meet their friends. I do hope that they will change to the old course again or at least improve this course!

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Brooklyn Spring Half Marathon

Brooklyn Spring Half Marathon

Brooklyn Spring Half is a very easy going and nice race and it seems to take place every year exactly one day before the famous New York Manhattan Half takes … MORE

Brooklyn Spring Half is a very easy going and nice race and it seems to take place every year exactly one day before the famous New York Manhattan Half takes place. This year I decided to run both races. The Brooklyn Spring as a warm up for the Manhattan Half on Sunday. As there is no race package pick up the day before all runners have to pick up the race numbers in the morning of the race which started at 9.30 am. I picked my number at 8.30 am and also got a beautiful blue long sleeve T-Shirt. As it was VERY cold I was more than happy that there was a MCD close to the start so that I could have a coffee and warm up a little bit. I returned to the park 15 minutes before race start to check my bag and go to the start line. The course consists of 4 laps so that runners know every tree of Prospect Park afterwards. I liked the lap as it was a long uphill part at the beginning followed by an even longer downhill part! Running this lap 4 times did not get boring, which surprised me. Photographers catch the runners 4 times and photos as well as videos are sent to the runners afterwards by mail. In the finish all runners got a full colored medal. The race was much better than expected.

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Frankfurt Half Marathon

Frankfurt Half Marathon

Frankfurt Half Marathon has become quite popular. It´s the half marathon with the highest number of fast runners in Germany and more than 6000 participants take part in the race. … MORE

Frankfurt Half Marathon has become quite popular. It´s the half marathon with the highest number of fast runners in Germany and more than 6000 participants take part in the race. The start is at the football stadium which is offers fantastic facilities for such an event. A huge buffet of cakes and sandwiches is offered to all runners (not for free). The course takes runners from the stadium to the river Main which is more or less in downtown and then back to the stadium. There is not a lot to see and the atmosphere is quite boring as only few people are cheering. At the beginning the course is very flat, but at the end it becomes a bit hilly which makes the second half of the race a bit harder. Unfortunately runners do not get a medal in the finish, but all runners get a certificate to download.

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Baikal Ice Marathon

Baikal Ice Marathon

Baikal Ice Marathon is a very special race. It takes place at Lake Baikal in Siberia. Runners have the choice to run either 42k (from one shore of the lake … MORE

Baikal Ice Marathon is a very special race. It takes place at Lake Baikal in Siberia. Runners have the choice to run either 42k (from one shore of the lake to the other) or 21k (finish is in the middle of the lake). Around 150 runners from all over the world take part in that race and the atmosphere is unique. Temperatures of minus 20-30 degrees Celsius make the race a very tough one and it´s very important to dress accordingly. This year there was more snow than usually which made it even harder as we had to run through snow almost all the race. The night before the race we all stayed at Baikalsk from where we were brought to the start of the race by bus (45 minutes drive). A very good breakfast was provided in the hotel. At the start we had the chance to use restrooms, to get dressed and to have a warm tea. The start was at 10.30 in the morning. Runners who want to run this race must prove that they are able to run a marathon in less than 4 hours or a half marathon in less than 2 hours. Along the course there were refreshment stations at km 7, 15 and 21, where fruits, chocolate, water and tea were offered. Due to a Siberian hurricane that came up during the race the race had to be stopped and the lake had to be evacuated. Fortunately this happened shortly after we had finished our half marathon. It was the first time that this happened and it was the 14th edition. All runners got a medal, a T-Shirt, beanie and a certificate at the Gala-Dinner in the evening. All in all a super great experience!!!

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The Big Half London

The Big Half London

It was the first edition of London Big Half Marathon. Start took place at famous Tower Bridge and the finish was at Greenwich University. The course is mostly flat, but … MORE

It was the first edition of London Big Half Marathon. Start took place at famous Tower Bridge and the finish was at Greenwich University. The course is mostly flat, but due to several parts of cobblestones it´s not as easy as I thought it would be. The atmosphere along the course is ok, but not very cheering as there are not many people in the streets of London´s east part. The best part of the course is at mile 7 when runners have to cross Tower Bridge in order to get to Greenwich. Every runner gets a T-Shirt and a medal, which are ok, but not really beautiful. All in all the race was ok, but there was one thing that really has to be improved: foreign runners did not have the chance to pick up race packages the day before the race. They had to pick up in the morning before the start. As there were only 2-3 people for the distribution of the race packages we had to stand in line for about 1 hour!!! Even though I arrived super early in the morning I had so much stress and no time to check my bag or to use the restroom. Very poor organization. 🙁

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Malta Marathon

Malta Marathon

Malta Marathon is a pretty international event. Runners from many different countries run either the full or the half marathon. The organization is not the best one: there is no … MORE

Malta Marathon is a pretty international event. Runners from many different countries run either the full or the half marathon. The organization is not the best one: there is no expo, runners have to pick up the race package at the Le Meridien Hotel and when I showed up there was a long queue. The pick up was definitively not suitable for a race with almost 5000 participants (4000 half and almost 1000 full). At the race day runners were taken to the start by busses .The start is in Mdina, which is the old capital of Malta. Unfortunately there are not enough toilets at the start which means standing in the queue again for a long time. The start of the half marathon was a bit crowded but after 500 m it was ok and once I was on my way I really appreciated the race. The first 10k are downhill. In the second half of the race there are some pretty bad uphill parts but all in all it´s a course to run good times. The last part of the race is very scenic as runners run along the seaside. The finish is gorgeous and the medal is huge! All runners also get a T-Shirt (not really a nice one) and they get all photos taken along the course for free! Water and energy drinks are provided every 5k – once along the course oranges were given to the runners!

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eDreams Barcelona Half Marathon

eDreams Barcelona Half Marathon

Barcelona Half Marathon is one of the best ones, especially if you want to run a personal best. The course is super flat and weather conditions are most of the … MORE

Barcelona Half Marathon is one of the best ones, especially if you want to run a personal best. The course is super flat and weather conditions are most of the times fine. So they were this year. Blue skies and temperatures of around 10 degrees. This time I did not go to the expo as a friend picked up my race package so I cannot say anything about the expo, but I remember that it was a big one 2 years ago. Start of the race is at 8:30 am. As a new and very good Motel One hotel just opened 1st of February things got so much easier. The hotel is located directly at the start so that I just walked out of my room 15 minutes before the start. I can really recommend to stay in that hotel. The course is a nice downtown course which gives a good impression of the city. It´s flat and fast and the atmosphere is fantastic. Every runner gets a nice medal and also a nice T-Shirt.

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Napoli City Half Marathon

Napoli City Half Marathon

I ran Napoli Half for the 2nd time as I loved it so much last year. This year it was again a fantastic race - mostly flat and as weather … MORE

I ran Napoli Half for the 2nd time as I loved it so much last year. This year it was again a fantastic race – mostly flat and as weather conditions were perfect it was a good race to start with a good time into the season. As last year runners got a nice T-Shirt (without any advertisement on it) only saying Napoli Running on the shirt. The medal was very nice and as Napoli Running has a cooperation with Czech Running they are also using the slogan “All Runners Are Beautiful” which runners who ran in Prague might already know.
The course has changed a bit as due to road construction it´s not possible to run through the city centre anymore. I do hope this will change again for future races as course scenery was better with the old course.

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Fitbit Miami Marathon & Half Marathon

Fitbit Miami Marathon & Half Marathon

Miami Marathon was a perfect race in almost every aspect. Runners have the choice to run full or half marathon. The expo is one of the best I have ever … MORE

Miami Marathon was a perfect race in almost every aspect. Runners have the choice to run full or half marathon. The expo is one of the best I have ever visited and offers extremely good deals.
The races both start early in the morning in the dark at 6 am which means that you run about 45 minutes in the dark. The course takes you from downtown Miami across the long bridge to South Beach and the smaller bridges back to the city. It´s flat except of the bridges. Water and Iso is provided very frequently. All runners get a T-Shirt and a HUGE medal! In the finish area runners get a lot of food and drinks – it´s amazing! And even the photos that were taken along the course and in the finish are given to the runners for free! The only thing that I did not like was the fact that the last mile was (or km) was definitively not measured correctly – it was way to long. The course of the half marathon was a bit (like 200 m) longer than it should have been which was a bit frustrating in terms of the finish time.

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Gran Canaria Marathon

Gran Canaria Marathon

I ran the Gran Canaria Half Marathon which is part of a marathon event for the first time. The race is perfectly organized and the course is flat and beautiful. … MORE

I ran the Gran Canaria Half Marathon which is part of a marathon event for the first time. The race is perfectly organized and the course is flat and beautiful. If the wind is not too strong it´s a course to run pb. I was lucky as the weather could not have been more beautiful. Sunny skies, no wind and temperatures around 15-20 degrees. Very good control at the entrance of the corrals so that only runners of my pace were in my corral. The course is beautiful and takes runners through downtown and then to the seaside and back. It´s not boring at all and the finish along the beach is really beautiful. Water, energy drinks and bananas as well as nuts are provided along the course. Every km is clearly marked (you can´t miss the huge signs!). All in all a fantastic race which can be combined with beautiful days on the canary islands!

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New Year’s Marathon Zurich (Neujahrsmarathon Zurich)

New Year’s Marathon Zurich (Neujahrsmarathon Zurich)

New Year´s Marathon in Zurich is a very well known marathon event that takes place new years day at midnight which means that the starts while the sky over Zurich … MORE

New Year´s Marathon in Zurich is a very well known marathon event that takes place new years day at midnight which means that the starts while the sky over Zurich is lightened by fireworks. The event is very well organized (of course – we are in Switzerland…) and as the start and finish is in a gymnasium runners can keep warm while waiting for the start. Runners have the choice between a full marathon (4 laps), half marathon (2 laps) or a 10,5km (1 lap). The course is flat and very well prepared. All stones are marked with neon colors so that runners do not fall while running. With the registration you can order a medal – it´s not for free, but at least you have the option to get one!

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End of the World Marathon – Belize

End of the World Marathon – Belize

End of World Marathon is a race in Placencia / Belize. Placencia is a small village at the beach 30 min flight from Belize City (very small aircraft). Runners have … MORE

End of World Marathon is a race in Placencia / Belize. Placencia is a small village at the beach 30 min flight from Belize City (very small aircraft). Runners have the choice between 42k or 21k. It´s a very small race and it´s organized by Americans with so much love. Race Package pick up takes place on Saturday in the afternoon in a beach hotel followed by a pasta party. The package include the bib and a cotton T-Shirt. Race start is the next morning at 5.30 am for both distances. Half marathon runners are taken to the start 21km north of Placencia by busses at 4 am. Marathon runners start in Placencia and run 21 km to the north to the point where half marathon runners start and then all the way back. Water is provided VERY frequently and the volunteers are really great, some of them were wearing costumes. At some aid stations also coconut juice and bananas/oranges are provided. Start and finish lines are just painted on the street and time measurement is done manually. Atmosphere at the finsih is great as all the organizers are waiting and cheering for the runners. All runners get a beautiful medal and a fresh cold coconut at the finish and the first three of all age groups get a trophy. I was very surprised to become 2nd in my age group – my first ever trophy!!! The only thing that was disgusting were all the flies at the beginning of the race that flew into my mouth. As soon as it was light enough the flies disappeared. I can really recommend that race even though I did not like the beach of Placencia too much.

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San Jose Costa Rica Marathon

San Jose Costa Rica Marathon

This time has been my 2nd participation after 2015. I like San Jose Marathon, but it is a quite tough course with long uphill parts. The distribution of the bib … MORE

This time has been my 2nd participation after 2015. I like San Jose Marathon, but it is a quite tough course with long uphill parts. The distribution of the bib numbers incl. a T-Shirt has been improved and I really got my number without any waiting time at the stadium. There was even a small expo with Shirts and other stuff to buy. The race started at 6 am the next day. Start is in front of the stadium and runners can choose to run 42/21/10 km. They all start at the same time. The course takes you first into downtown which is quite nice even though San Jose is not a beautiful city at all. Half marathoners have to turn back right after they have passed the National theatre and this time the point to turn was clearly marked (last time there were no signs and I did not know where to turn). Water was available along the course VERY frequently. The second part of the course is tougher than the first part and it´s definitively no personal best course. There were 2 points where they should have put signs for the runners to know which direction. Finish is in the stadium which is wonderful as the stadium is a brand new modern one – I was told that it was a “gift” of China. After the race there was the possibility of taking pictures in front of a poster. Runners got fruits and drinks and of course a medal! All in all a nice race!

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Panama International Marathon

Panama International Marathon

Maraton Internacional de Panama is a very well organized marathon race. Runners have the choice between the full and the half marathon. The expo takes place in a hotel in … MORE

Maraton Internacional de Panama is a very well organized marathon race. Runners have the choice between the full and the half marathon. The expo takes place in a hotel in downtown which is easily to find. Very unspectacular in a small room you get your bib and a quite nice T-shirt. The full marathon starts at 4.30 am which makes sense as Panama City is hot and humid like hell. The half marathon starts at 6 am although the internet page said 6.40 am. Fortunately the lady at the expo told me to be on time as the race would start at 6 am. Start and finish takes place on a parking space in front of Intercontinental and Le Meridien Hotel on famous Balboa Avenue which makes it VERY easy if you´re staying in one of these hotels. The course is quite nice with several uphill parts and give runners a good impression of the city of Panama. Very nice medal at the finish and good atmosphere. Cold water is provided very frequently and believe me: you need it – not only to drink it but also to pour it over you and cool you down. I can highly recommend this race if you´re fine with hot and humid conditions (talking about 30-35 degrees celsius and 90-100% humidity).

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Havana Marathon & Half (Marabana)

Havana Marathon & Half (Marabana)

Anyone who has already been to Cuba might know that Cuba is very special and so is the Marathon. The expo took place in a first class hotel at the … MORE

Anyone who has already been to Cuba might know that Cuba is very special and so is the Marathon.

The expo took place in a first class hotel at the Malecon around 5-6 km out of the city. Every runner got a T-Shirt and a base cap together with the bib. Some cubans tried to sell other T-Shirts or Singlets illegally and I was very happy to get a very special Cuban Singlet in a dark corner of the hotel.
Start of the race was at 7 am the next morning. All races (5/10/21/42) started at the same time which means that it was a huge crowd which was not organized in corrals. Even people who not even wanted to run stepped into the starting area to be with their beloved ones till the race began. The first km was quite hard running zick zack all the time, but then it got better. The best part of the race was km 2-6 when we ran along the Malecon. The light was awesome and fishermen stood along the way doing their job early in the morning. The rest of the race was quite boring with a few uphill parts. It got more interesting again at the end when we passed by Revolution Square, ran through an amazing beautifl street of downtown before finishing at the famous Capitol. Water was provided very frequently but unfortunately the bottles where very hard to open. There was almost no crowd at the course. The worst part of the race was the finish: the finisher of the half marathon and runners of the full marathon were not divided into 2 lanes – I just thought “poor 42k runners” who had to find their way through the crowd. I could not find any drinks in the finish and as they ran out of medals I did not get a medal – I finished among the first 30 % of all half marathon runners…. It was very frustrating and as I was thirsty I was happy to leave the finish area immediately.

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Amsterdam Marathon

Amsterdam Marathon

Ok, where should I start? Let´s begin with the expo. We arrived at the expo on Saturday in the morning at about 11 o clock. There was a huge line … MORE

Ok, where should I start? Let´s begin with the expo. We arrived at the expo on Saturday in the morning at about 11 o clock. There was a huge line in front of the entrance and we had to wait quite a while before we got in. Once we got in I liked the expo even though it was very narrow and crowded. They have good merchandise stuff and I even bought a super nice T-Shirt as a souvenir. The race took place on Sunday and the half marathon starts at 1.30pm (marathon starts at 9.30 am). The start is close to the expo but far away from downtown. It takes you about 30 minutes by metro to get there. It was very crowded and unfortunately there were too little toilets for too many runners which really stressed me. I could manage to jump out of the toilet and immediately start my race on time. As there were so many runners I had to run “zick zack” all the time. The streets were too narrow and this fact caused me trouble during the whole race! In my opinion there were also too little water stations. It was a sunny and quite warm day (around 20-25 degrees Celsius) and at the beginning there were water stations every 5km only. It got better in the second half of the race and also gel was provided. Unfortunately the stations were only on one side of the street and were so crowded that I could not always manage to grab a cup of water. The scenery was VERY poor. Amsterdam is such a beautiful city – one of my favorite cities in the world – but the race has absolutely nothing to do with Amsterdam as it takes place outside of downtown. I only liked the last part of the race and of course finishing in the Olympic Stadium was nice. The course is flat with only few smaller climbs. Unfortunately only few spectators along the course – not comparable with Eindhoven or Venlo – races that are so much better than Amsterdam in terms of the atmosphere. After finishing in the stadium the biggest disappointment was still waiting for me: there were absolutely NO drinks offered at the finish. Runners had to exit the stadium as drinks were only offered outside the stadium. Because of this you could not enjoy the atmosphere in the stadium for at least a few minutes. As the exit was just a little narrow door and thousands of runners wanted to get out to finally get some water it took us a long time. We had to wait such a long time before we got out of the stadium and once we got out we had to wait another time, stand in line for several minutes before we finally got our water – I have never experienced such a bad organization at the finish. Will definitively not run this race again! But I will definitively come back to lovely Amsterdam!!!

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Chicago Marathon is really TOP of the TOPS! After having run Berlin Marathon 2 weeks ago which was also awesome I have to admit that Chicago beats Berlin by a … MORE

Chicago Marathon is really TOP of the TOPS! After having run Berlin Marathon 2 weeks ago which was also awesome I have to admit that Chicago beats Berlin by a little. First of all I fell in love with the expo which is huge and perfectly organized. No waiting at all and many possibilities to take pictures in front of huge photo-walls. The race was also perfectly organized. Water and energy drinks every 2 or 3 km and gels along the route. All volunteers were so friendly and cheering like hell! The atmosphere was the best I´ve ever experienced, spectators all along the 42,2km – Berlin is good, but Chicago is better! The only things which I have to criticize is the number of toilets before the start and that the finish is not that emotional, but ok – finishing in Berlin running through Brandenburg Gate is unbeatable.

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International Chicago 5K

International Chicago 5K

Chicago 5k is a perfect warm up for the Chicago Marathon the next day. Half the course takes runners through downtown passing by some interesting sights and the second half … MORE

Chicago 5k is a perfect warm up for the Chicago Marathon the next day. Half the course takes runners through downtown passing by some interesting sights and the second half goes along the shore. Race swag is amazing. Every runner gets a huge medal and a scarf.

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Aschaffenburger Sparkassen Half Marathon

Aschaffenburger Sparkassen Half Marathon

Ok, Aschaffenburg half marathon is a quite small event. Round about 500 runners took part. First of all: there is no start line measuring the time which means that there … MORE

Ok, Aschaffenburg half marathon is a quite small event. Round about 500 runners took part. First of all: there is no start line measuring the time which means that there is no net-time. I was lucky that I started from the top. The course takes you from the sport arena which is located 2-3 km outside the city to downtown where you have to run 6 laps of about 3,1km which is quite boring. The finish is at the beautiful castle of Aschaffenburg which is by the way a small city in the northern part of Bavaria about 50 km east of Frankfurt. Unfortunately runners do not get a medal. Along the course there is one water station which also offers Cola. As it´s a 6 lap course you pass by the station 6 times and the volunteers know what you want after you have passed for the 3rd time! All runners do get a T-Shirt which I will definitively never wear as it´s really ugly. The best was the buffet of cakes in the arena 😀

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Berlin Marathon

Berlin Marathon

Berlin Marathon is just awesome. Fantastic course through downtown Berlin passing by most of the touristic highlights. Runners also get a good impression of the variety of the city as … MORE

Berlin Marathon is just awesome. Fantastic course through downtown Berlin passing by most of the touristic highlights. Runners also get a good impression of the variety of the city as the course takes them through different districts like Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Charlottenburg. The expo is huge and offers a lot. Race packet was very easy and efficient. Start is close to Brandenburg Gate and even though there are around 40.000 runners I had the feeling that everything was quite relaxed as it was very well organized. The atmosphere was fantastic and even though weather was quite bad (light drizzle) there were so many spectators cheering for the runners all along the course. The best moment was when runners turn to the left at km 41,5 and see the Brandenburg Gate again. Everyone was crying and got so emotional while running the last some hundred meters, through the Brandenburg Gate to the finish! Unforgettable!!! Super nice finish area in front of the Reichstag building. I can really really recommend Berlin Marathon for all marathon runners!

P.S.: no finisher shirts for free, but entry fees are extremely cheap compared to all other major marathons that you can buy 2 or 3 finisher shirts on the expo and still don´t spend more money as for example for Chicago or New York.

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Copenhagen Half Marathon

Copenhagen Half Marathon

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017 was different. We started with bright sunshine and perfect weather conditions, but weather changed while running through the streets of beautiful Copenhagen. A huge thunderstorm came … MORE

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017 was different. We started with bright sunshine and perfect weather conditions, but weather changed while running through the streets of beautiful Copenhagen. A huge thunderstorm came up and flooded the streets with hail. The race had to be discontinued after 2 hours and a bit. Lucky who was fast enough to finish in time! I ran the race before and it´s really a nice race, especially the finish area which is a huge park is very nice to relax after the race. This time the park was flooded too, so no relaxing after the race…

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Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon

Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon

Kelowna Wine Country Half is a sympathic half marathon in the wine region in British Colombia. Early in the morning buses take the runners from downtown Kelowna to the wineyards … MORE

Kelowna Wine Country Half is a sympathic half marathon in the wine region in British Colombia. Early in the morning buses take the runners from downtown Kelowna to the wineyards outside of the city. The race starts at 7 am at a winery and the course takes the runners first up and down through the beautiful area. From km 9 to 13 runners have to run heavily downhill until they reach Kelowna again. The race ends at the waterpark. All in all a lovely race. The expo at the Delta Grand Hotel is small but nice. Everything is easy going. Runners get a cotton T-Shirt as well as a huge medal and a wine glass. Many barrs provided at the finish! Weather conditions were perfect. Sunny warm day, but not too warm as start is early in the morning.

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Hunsrück Marathon

Hunsrück Marathon

Hunrück Marathon is a well organized race about 100 km west of Frankfurt in the Hunsrück area. It´s a point to point race. Runners are taken to the starting point … MORE

Hunrück Marathon is a well organized race about 100 km west of Frankfurt in the Hunsrück area. It´s a point to point race. Runners are taken to the starting point by busses. You can choose between the full and the half marathon distance. The first 8 km take you through typical German villages – nothing spectacular, some industrial areas. Then the beautiful and from km 9 on the downhill part begins. Absolutely lovely! The finish in the city of Simmern is awesome! Very well organized! Finishers get a medal!

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Jonkoping Marathon

Jonkoping Marathon

It was the first edition of Jönköping Marathon/Half Marathon. Jönköping is a Swedish city 1,5 hrs east of Gothenburg and as all the races in Sweden the race in Jönköping … MORE

It was the first edition of Jönköping Marathon/Half Marathon. Jönköping is a Swedish city 1,5 hrs east of Gothenburg and as all the races in Sweden the race in Jönköping was perfectly organized. The course is flat with a few hilly passages. It´s not very scenic, but from time to time the atmosphere is quite good. The finish on the bridge is awesome and the swag you get is amazing. Every runner gets a very nice medal, many drinks such as iso or alcohol free Carlsberg beer, a huge bag full of yogurt, a plastic drinking bottle etc. The best is that every runner has got the choice between a white or a black finisher shirt – and it´s a really nice one without any sponsors on it!

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Ermstal-Marathon

Ermstal-Marathon

Ermstal Marathon is a perfect event to combine with a shopping weekend in Metzingen Outlet-City! Shopping on Saturday and running on Sunday. The race is well organized and everything is … MORE

Ermstal Marathon is a perfect event to combine with a shopping weekend in Metzingen Outlet-City! Shopping on Saturday and running on Sunday. The race is well organized and everything is easy going! Start is at Metzingen Kelterplatz which is in downtown. There are some guest houses very close to the start. The course takes you through the fields of the hilly and beautiful area in the south west of Germany. Unfortunately you run 10,5 km into one direction and then all the way back. Drinks (water and iso) as well as sponges are offered almost all the time! Big but not beautiful medal for all finishers as well as a T-Shirt.

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Wiesbaden Marathon

Wiesbaden Marathon

Wiesbaden marathon is a very heavy trail with around 700 meters of elevation. The course starts at about 500 meters above sea level and first takes the runners downhill to … MORE

Wiesbaden marathon is a very heavy trail with around 700 meters of elevation. The course starts at about 500 meters above sea level and first takes the runners downhill to run it all up in the 2nd part of the race. In terms of drinks, gels and food the best supply I have ever experienced! Apples, oranges, bananas, energy bars, gels and water or iso-drinks are provides every 2,5km. You even get cakes and of course beer at the finish. Unfortunately runners do not get a finisher medal.

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Eschathlon

Eschathlon

Everything is easy going at the Eschathlon in Eschborn which is a small city very close to Frankfurt. You can easily get your race package in the morning before the … MORE

Everything is easy going at the Eschathlon in Eschborn which is a small city very close to Frankfurt. You can easily get your race package in the morning before the race starts. In the bag you will find a T-Shirt and some other stuff like a water bottle etc. The course consists of 2 laps which are a mixture of running through the green fields and running through the neighborhood of Eschborn. All in all a nice race.

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ProPotsdam Schlosserlauf (ProPotsdam Castles Run)

ProPotsdam Schlosserlauf (ProPotsdam Castles Run)

Oh, what a surprise! Potsdam Half Marathon is such a beautiful race. Shuttle busses take runners from Hauptbahnhof to the start. It´s perfectly organized. You can get your race package … MORE

Oh, what a surprise! Potsdam Half Marathon is such a beautiful race. Shuttle busses take runners from Hauptbahnhof to the start. It´s perfectly organized. You can get your race package in the morning before the start so that you can easily go to Potsdam from Berlin in the morning. There is a nice expo with good offers and everything is easy going. The course is breathtaking beautiful with the highlight of running through the park of Sanssouci passing by the new palais. The finish is in the stadium and there is a nice barbacue going on after the race. I can highly recommend that beautiful half marathon! One advise: fast runners should really start in the front as it gets narrow at the beginning!

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Helsinki Half Marathon

Helsinki Half Marathon

It was sunny again and it´s always fun to run in Helsinki if the sun is shining. You get your bib number at the shopping mall Forum which is very … MORE

It was sunny again and it´s always fun to run in Helsinki if the sun is shining. You get your bib number at the shopping mall Forum which is very easy. Every runner gets a T-Shirt with no sponsors on – I love it! The course is beautiful with some uphill parts. In the finish area runners get many different things for free: water, iso-drinks, gels etc. I even got a nice hat!

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Torshavn Marathon

Torshavn Marathon

Torshavn Marathon is such a wonderful race. The course is awesome and the whole atmosphere is just fantastic. Runners either run a full or a half marathon. Start and finish … MORE

Torshavn Marathon is such a wonderful race. The course is awesome and the whole atmosphere is just fantastic. Runners either run a full or a half marathon. Start and finish is at downtown Torshavn which is the capital city of Faroe Islands. It´s very small and cosy. I really loved the race even though the course is very tough with many uphill parts.

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Winterthur Marathon

Winterthur Marathon

Winterthur Marathon was a very well organized and sympathetic race. You could choose between 10k, half, or full marathon. Full marathon start was at 9.00, relay at 9.15 and half … MORE

Winterthur Marathon was a very well organized and sympathetic race. You could choose between 10k, half, or full marathon. Full marathon start was at 9.00, relay at 9.15 and half at 9.30 am. The 10 k started later around 12.30. Winterthur is a small city in Switzerland very close to Zurich and even closer to Zurich airport which made it possible that I could take the early flight from Frankfurt to Zurich in the morning and then take the train to Winterthur which only takes 15 minutes. Another 15 minutes walk from the train station to the start which is at an old riding hall. Everything is extremely easy and comfortable. I got my start number within a minute, could leave my bag in the riding hall, special care for valuables, I even got my medal before I ran the race – that´s because runners could decide wether they wanna have a medal or not and they had to pay extra for the medal. Start was on time and weather was beautiful, but too warm. The course is nothing special to talk about. It´s mostly out of the city in the forests – quite beautiful. The first 15k are almost flat, but after 15k it goes uphill before it goes downhill towards the finish! All in all it´s a nice race and perfect for a “quickie”.

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Goteborgsvarvet Half Marathon

Goteborgsvarvet Half Marathon

Beautiful scenic course through the city of Gothenburg with a few uphill parts. Very good atmosphere as many people were cheering at the course. With more than 60.000 runners it´s … MORE

Beautiful scenic course through the city of Gothenburg with a few uphill parts. Very good atmosphere as many people were cheering at the course. With more than 60.000 runners it´s a little bit crowded and depending on your start corral it can be annoying. All in all a very nice half marathon!

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SAS Heidelberg Half Marathon

SAS Heidelberg Half Marathon

Heidelberg Half Marathon is extremely beautiful but also extremely tough as runners have to run uphill twice and uphill in this race means heavily uphill for about 5 and 3 … MORE

Heidelberg Half Marathon is extremely beautiful but also extremely tough as runners have to run uphill twice and uphill in this race means heavily uphill for about 5 and 3 k. The views are amazing and start and finish in the historic centre of beautiful Heidelberg is also wonderful. Many spectators along the course! Unfortunately no medal!

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Marathon de Dakar

Marathon de Dakar

Dakar Marathon has been my favorite African marathon so far. Perfectly organized. Super atmosphere with thousands of runners! The race starts in downtown taking you to the waterfront and then … MORE

Dakar Marathon has been my favorite African marathon so far. Perfectly organized. Super atmosphere with thousands of runners! The race starts in downtown taking you to the waterfront and then up to the huge Monument de la Renaissance, then back to downtown. Drinks, oranges, dry fruits etc provided along the course. Super beautiful race T-Shirt, nice medal! Perfectly organized – chapeau!

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Brufut Run (Race against Hunger)

Brufut Run (Race against Hunger)

The race takes place in Brufut which is close to Banjul, the capital of The Gambia. It was extremely hot with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius. Organization was very poor … MORE

The race takes place in Brufut which is close to Banjul, the capital of The Gambia. It was extremely hot with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius. Organization was very poor and just 21 runners took part in the race of which 19 were Gambian top runners. No electronic time measuring. The course should have been 21.1km but it was something around 19.5km. Streets were not closed for traffic. No water or anything else till km 12!!! I was dying due to the heat and of course I was running on my own as the top runners were all gone after 100 meters. While running you get an impression of the Gambian way of life seeing cows passing the way, busy markets etc.

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Half Marathon Firenze Vivicitta (Florence)

Half Marathon Firenze Vivicitta (Florence)

Awesome course which consists of 2 laps through the beautiful city of Florence. Runners pass by the Dome twice and also cross Ponte Vecchio. Good atmosphere along the course. All … MORE

Awesome course which consists of 2 laps through the beautiful city of Florence. Runners pass by the Dome twice and also cross Ponte Vecchio. Good atmosphere along the course. All in all a very nice race!

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Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon

Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon

Good expo! Good atmosphere at the start with classical music! Nice course along the river Moldau. Could definitively offer more drinks as it was very hot and sunny weather - … MORE

Good expo! Good atmosphere at the start with classical music! Nice course along the river Moldau. Could definitively offer more drinks as it was very hot and sunny weather – first drinks at km 6. All in all a nice, but not overwhelming race.

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Venloop

Venloop

Venloop was my 2nd race in the Netherlands and I really can recommend running a Dutch race. It´s always like a huge party. The starts in the afternoon and the … MORE

Venloop was my 2nd race in the Netherlands and I really can recommend running a Dutch race. It´s always like a huge party. The starts in the afternoon and the whole city seems to be captured by the race. Start and finish is in the centre of historic Venlo which is really small, but beautiful. The atmosphere is fantastic, but even in the neighborhoods it is great as really everybody seems to be cheering for the runners.

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Sao Paulo International Half Marathon – Winter

Sao Paulo International Half Marathon – Winter

Sao Paulo Half Marathon is very well organized and takes you through some interesting parts of the mega-city. The course is quite hilly and due to temperatures around 30 degrees … MORE

Sao Paulo Half Marathon is very well organized and takes you through some interesting parts of the mega-city. The course is quite hilly and due to temperatures around 30 degrees it was a very hard race. All runners got a free T-Shirt and a nice medal.

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Napoli City Half Marathon

Napoli City Half Marathon

I loved Napoli City Half Marathon .The flat course is very scenic along the coast taking you to the historic center of Naples. Shortly before finishing all runners pass by … MORE

I loved Napoli City Half Marathon .The flat course is very scenic along the coast taking you to the historic center of Naples. Shortly before finishing all runners pass by huge water fountains and Italian classical music makes this moment a very special one. All in all a fantastic race.

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Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

It´s a very scenic race and runners pass by the ruins of Angkor Wat. Of course it gets very hot and humid but this is a race where no one … MORE

It´s a very scenic race and runners pass by the ruins of Angkor Wat. Of course it gets very hot and humid but this is a race where no one goes for his personal best. The atmosphere is just magic and it´s absolutely worth to run this race at least once in your lifetime!

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Gulf Bank 642 Marathon & Half Marathon

Gulf Bank 642 Marathon & Half Marathon

Kuwait Marathon was a real surprise. A very beautiful and interesting course and absolutely well organized! Running through a Soukh was a very special experience. The atmosphere in the finishing … MORE

Kuwait Marathon was a real surprise. A very beautiful and interesting course and absolutely well organized! Running through a Soukh was a very special experience. The atmosphere in the finishing area was fantastic! Great race in the middle east!

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