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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 Sep 8, 2019 42:20
5.6K Frankfurt, Germany Jun 15, 2016 23:20
5K Dublin, Ireland Aug 6, 2016 23:07

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Past Races (186)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Varna, Bulgaria Nov 7, 2020
Half Marathon Cuxhaven, Germany Oct 18, 2020 1:44:33
Half Marathon Helsinki, Finland Sep 26, 2020 1:43:31
Half Marathon Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic Sep 19, 2020 1:43:49
Half Marathon Turku, Finland Aug 22, 2020 1:44:53
Half Marathon Liverpool, United Kingdom Mar 15, 2020 1:38:47
Half Marathon Frankfurt, Germany Mar 8, 2020 1:38:55
Half Marathon Mahe, Seychelles Feb 23, 2020 2:16:16
Half Marathon Barcelona, Spain Feb 16, 2020 1:42:39
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 2, 2020 1:49:11
Half Marathon Gdansk, Poland Nov 17, 2019 1:42:42
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 3, 2019 3:58:19
Half Marathon Bari, Italy Oct 27, 2019 1:47:01
Half Marathon Tirana, Albania Oct 13, 2019 1:56:00
Half Marathon Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Sep 15, 2019 1:47:20
10K Frankfurt, Germany Sep 8, 2019 42:20
Half Marathon Asuncion, Paraguay Aug 25, 2019 1:44:22
Half Marathon Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Aug 18, 2019 1:43:18
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2019 4:03:45
Half Marathon Chicago, IL Jul 21, 2019 1:46:18
Half Marathon Marburg, Germany Jul 5, 2019 1:40:46
Half Marathon Hamburg, Germany Jun 30, 2019 1:44:16
Half Marathon Wilhelmshaven, Germany Jun 23, 2019 1:48:06
Half Marathon Leverkusen, Germany Jun 16, 2019 1:48:24
Half Marathon Uewerstad, Luxembourg Jun 1, 2019 1:50:51
Half Marathon Riga, Latvia May 19, 2019 1:49:43
Half Marathon Mainz, Germany May 5, 2019 1:42:32
Half Marathon Dubrovnik, Croatia Apr 28, 2019 1:46:49
Half Marathon Berlin, Germany Apr 7, 2019 1:45:55
Half Marathon Warsaw, Poland Mar 31, 2019 1:52:37
Half Marathon Barcelona, Spain Feb 10, 2019 1:44:16
Half Marathon Dubai, United Arab Emirates Feb 8, 2019 1:45:28
Half Marathon Funchal, Portugal Jan 20, 2019 2:00:40
Half Marathon Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dec 7, 2018 1:54:24
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, Curacao 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, North 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
Half Marathon Panama City, Panama Dec 2, 2012 1:56:47
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

Cuxhaven Marathon usually takes part at the beginning of April. This year it has been postponed twice due to Covid-19. It finally took part on October 18th and the pandemic … MORE

Cuxhaven Marathon usually takes part at the beginning of April. This year it has been postponed twice due to Covid-19. It finally took part on October 18th and the pandemic concept of the production wich made it possible to get the authorisation was impressive. Marathon and half marathon wich normally start together in the morning were separated into 2 different events which both were limited up to 400 participants. Marathon start was at 9 am and half marathon at 1.30pm. Start was in downtown Cuxhaven (small city of 50.000 people) and the participants were divided into 4 groups of hundred runners each. Every runner had it´s marked point in the starting area with 1,50 meters distance to each other. Every line of 3 runners got its own release! Of course masks had to be worn all time while starting and after finishing. Even the portable toilets were disinfected after every user. The course was a beautiful 2 laps course (half marathon) wich lead runners from downtown to the beautiful seaside and back. Water and other drinks like cola were offered very frequently along the course and in the finish area alcohol free beer was offered. Every finisher got a medal included in a finisher bag with drinks and fruits. T-shirts could be purchased with registration and as the T-Shirts are really beautiful I did so! :-)))

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Super well organised race! Beautiful course along the waterside of Helsinki with start and finish at Finlandia Hall which is a 5-10 minutes walk from main station. The course contains … MORE

Super well organised race! Beautiful course along the waterside of Helsinki with start and finish at Finlandia Hall which is a 5-10 minutes walk from main station. The course contains several slight uphill parts. Drinks (water and iso) and are being offered along the course every 2-3km. At km 11 or 12 even gels were offered. Nice finish area with photo wall! Every runner gets a nice medal, alcohol fee beer and a drinking bottle by sponsor BORG! All in all a perfect half marathon!

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First of all: I haven’t heard of Usti nad Labem before. It’s a smaller Czech city close to the German border not far from the city of Dresden which made … MORE

First of all: I haven’t heard of Usti nad Labem before. It’s a smaller Czech city close to the German border not far from the city of Dresden which made it easy for me to get there. The city does not have anything to offer for tourists but a perfectly organised half marathon in times of COVID-19!!! The race is organised by RunCzech which are always perfectly organised races. The expo took place outdoor, only the hand out of the race numbers and T-Shirts took place indoor. All runners got a free Adidas T-Shirt as it was the 10th edition of the race. Official race T-Shirts and Singlets could be purchased with the registration. Normally I never choose the option to by a shirt, but as this one was really beautiful I got the singlet which is also by Adidas as Adidas is the official sponsor. The race started at 3pm. As it was a sunny and very warm September day I would have appreciated an earlier start-time. The course is mostly flat with some slight uphill parts and a few bridges to cross. The atmosphere in the city was super, but of course there were also some quite industrial areas to run through. Drinks (water and Gatorade) were offered very frequently (like every 3k). In the finish every runner got a medal and some foods and drinks. Special COVID-19 measures were: all Runners had to wear a mask in the start and finish area, the temperature of all runners entering the start corrals were measured, desinfection gel could be found all over! I really felt safe at all times! Thanks to RunCzech for a perfect race!!!

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Finland seems to be the only the only European country where marathons take place at the moment. We were happy to travel to Turku and finally run again. Turku Marathon … MORE

Finland seems to be the only the only European country where marathons take place at the moment. We were happy to travel to Turku and finally run again. Turku Marathon is a very well organised race. The course is a flat fast course starting and finishing in downtown. Drinks were offered every 2-3km! Unfortunately we didn’t get any medal nor T-Shirt for Corona reasons, what we did not understand!

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I´ve never been to Liverpool before and was surprised how beautiful this city is! Absolutely worth a weekend trip to run a half marathon there. The race was the last … MORE

I´ve never been to Liverpool before and was surprised how beautiful this city is! Absolutely worth a weekend trip to run a half marathon there. The race was the last chance to run this spring as all other races in Europe have been cancelled due to Corona virus. Online registration was possible until Thursday 12pm. British runners get their numbers via mail, overseas runners collect their numbers easily before the race – all well organized. The course is nice and mostly flat. There is just one long and quite steep incline exactly after 1 mile for about 0.6 miles. The rest is flat and takes runners from the waterfront (really amazing) through the city to a huge park and then for the last 4 miles all along the coast. Unfortunately the weather was quite stormy and we had to struggle with heave head winds at the coast. The finish is at the waterfront where the race started. I absolutely loved the atmosphere at the finish zone and appreciated that everything was so easy. Runners put the bags into busses where they picked it up again (not good for valuables as the busses are open for anybody. All runners got a nice medal as well as a Finisher Shirt at the finish line. 3500 runners were registered but due to Corona only 2500 runners started and finished the race.

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Frankfurt Half Marathon is still not one of my favorite races, but this year´s race was better than expected. The course has been changed in terms of the direction which … MORE

Frankfurt Half Marathon is still not one of my favorite races, but this year´s race was better than expected. The course has been changed in terms of the direction which leads to the result that the harder part is at the beginning instead of at the end. Also the atmosphere is better. The course is flat and as weather conditions were almost perfect (cloudy and 10 degrees celsius with a little headwind from km 11-15) it was good for running pbs. Finishing in the huge soccer stadium was amazing. Unfortunately runners still don´t get a medal even though it´s one of the biggest half marathon events in Germany with 8500 registered runners.

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Seychelles Marathon is a well organised race starting at Beau Vallon on Mahé Island. Runners can choose between the distances 42/21/10/5k. This year 130 half and 70 full marathoners were … MORE

Seychelles Marathon is a well organised race starting at Beau Vallon on Mahé Island. Runners can choose between the distances 42/21/10/5k. This year 130 half and 70 full marathoners were registered. Race Pick Up took place in Victoria in the office of Seychelles Marathon and it was very personally and warm hearted. The course is extremely tough with elevation about 1000 meters. Scenery is beautiful as the course is all along the coast. As temperatures are around 30 degrees Celsius even in the morning and the humidity is extremely high, I would consider it as one of the hardest races I’ve ever run. All runners get a medal and a T-Shirt (different colours for different sizes). The finishers of the half/marathon also get a fresh coconut! 😃

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Barcelona Half Marathon is the perfect kick off into the season in Europe. The race always takes place on the second/third Sunday of February and most of the time the … MORE

Barcelona Half Marathon is the perfect kick off into the season in Europe. The race always takes place on the second/third Sunday of February and most of the time the weather conditions are almost perfect. That´s why a high number of elite runners come to Barcelona every year. The course is flat and the organization is perfect. And of course Barcelona is a city that´s worth to visit! The expo takes place close to Plaza Espanya which is easily reached by metro. The opening hours are very convenient as it´s open untill 8 pm. We decided to pick up our bibs on Friday and even though the race reached a record number of 23.000 runners the expo was not packed at all. All runners got a T-Shirt for free even though the registration fee is extremely low (around 30 Euro). During the race water and iso drinks are offered every 5km. No gels are offered which was no problem for me as I brought my own gel. The atmosphere along the course is good – there are some nice spots where many people cheer. This year the medal was a bit disappointing, but all in all a fantastic race in a fantastic city!

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The race was really good - perfect for the start into the new season! The course is flat, easy and beautiful all along the coast. The production is very good … MORE

The race was really good – perfect for the start into the new season! The course is flat, easy and beautiful all along the coast. The production is very good and the atmosphere in the finish area is awesome having live music, a beer garden and good coffee. The beach is perfect for some lovely medal-pictures. The expo is awesome offering a lot of really nice merchandising stuff. Unfortunately the expo closes very early at 5pm in the afternoon, but that seems to be a US thing 🙂

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Gdansk is one of the most beautiful cities I´ve ever visited. Too bad that the course of the popular half marathon (Polumaraton Gdansk) does hit the city at all. Start … MORE

Gdansk is one of the most beautiful cities I´ve ever visited. Too bad that the course of the popular half marathon (Polumaraton Gdansk) does hit the city at all. Start and finish is at Amber Expo close to the modern and fancy stadium. Unfortunately neither the stadium nor the city is part of the course. Instead the course leads runners along boring streets through the neighborhood of Gdansk. Almost no people are cheering. The good thing about the course is the fact that it´s absolutely flat except of a bridge at km 19. All runners get a nice medal. Even though the event is not too big (ca. 3500 runners for the half marathon) the expo is quite big and well organized as well as the finish area. Massage service is offered for free and all runners can enjoy a warm delicous soup after the race. Weather conditions were perfect. Sunny blue skies and chilly temperatures around 6 degrees Celsius.

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New York Marathon is definitively a once in a liftetime must run marathon for every runner. Organization is amazing and the atmosphere along the course spectacular except of a few … MORE

New York Marathon is definitively a once in a liftetime must run marathon for every runner. Organization is amazing and the atmosphere along the course spectacular except of a few parts.
Expo is well organized and even though it was very crowded when I visited the expo on Friday at 11 am waiting times were absolutely ok. The start on Staten Island was breath taking with helicopters flying over Verezzano Bridge and fireworks etc. The starter villages (3 different colors) offered coffee, tea, other drinks, bananas, more than enough toilets etc. Even though we took the ferry 4 hours before the start waiting time was not as horrible as I expected – but to be honest: the weather was sunny and not too cold – I would not like to experience all that with rainy weather. Well, the course is tough – everyone knows that. I expected the bridges to be the toughest parts of the race, but in my opinion the hardest part was 5th avenue with a constant slightly uphill elevation almost at the end of the marathon. From my perspective the weakest part of the race was the finish in Central Park. The atmosphere of the finish is quite poor (compared to e.g. Berlin) and after having reached the finish line the second marathon begins: the marathon to get out of Central Park to get your poncho and to meet your friends. It took me almost 45 minutes constant walking!!! Unfortunately this year´s medal i absolutely not my cup of tea. The design of an apple in my opinion is awkward. Well, all in all a fantastic experience, but I will most probably not run NYC again – too expensive, too stressful getting to the start, waiting, etc.

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Bari is a very nice and easy going half marathon. Start is in downtown in front of the city hall where runners also get their race packages the day before. … MORE

Bari is a very nice and easy going half marathon. Start is in downtown in front of the city hall where runners also get their race packages the day before. The course is super flat – one of the flattest I´ve ever run. It takes runners all along the coast which is quite nice but also a bit boring. At the beginning the markers for every km were not correctly positioned. Atmosphere along the course could have been better, only very few spectators. Finish area was good. All runners got a medal as well as a T-Shirt and of course water, iso-drinks and an apple.

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Tirana is a very interesting city and Albania a country that is absolutely worth to visit! The half marathon which is called Tirana Marathon is a 2 lap-course which starts … MORE

Tirana is a very interesting city and Albania a country that is absolutely worth to visit! The half marathon which is called Tirana Marathon is a 2 lap-course which starts in downtown on the main square in front of the opera house. The course take runners through downtown and leads to a lake. Most of the course is along the lake which is quite nice as you don´t have to run on the street. Unfortunately there were no km markers, but refreshment stations very frequently. The atmosphere of the race was very good, especially on the square. Very well organized.

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Sarajevo Half Marathon is a well organized race in the capital of Bosnia. The expo is small but nice with snacks and drinks for free. Runners are invited to stay … MORE

Sarajevo Half Marathon is a well organized race in the capital of Bosnia. The expo is small but nice with snacks and drinks for free. Runners are invited to stay a while and chat together in a runners lounge and get connected. Every runner gets a very beautiful backpack (the best one I have ever received so far) with some goodies and a very nice T-Shirt. This year´s color was orange, but other colors were available for 10 Euro (red, green, yellow, blue and black = colors of the olympic rings). The race started on Sunday at 9am in downtown in front of Swissotel. The course was described as flat and fast but has 2 quite tough uphill parts. Runners were given water very frequently and in the second part of the race even oranges and gels were offered. In the finish area different kinds of drinks (water, iso, alcfree beer) were offered as well as bananas! Best of all: the medal is really BEAUTIFUL!
What really has to be improved: the position of the km markers – the markers were totally confusing…

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Lauf für mehr Zeit is a very nice charity race to support the local AIDS help organization. Runners can choose between 5 or 10 km. The course is a flat … MORE

Lauf für mehr Zeit is a very nice charity race to support the local AIDS help organization. Runners can choose between 5 or 10 km. The course is a flat and fast 5k loop through downtown Frankfurt. The race is accompanied by a nice get-together on Frankfurt´s most beautiful square which is Opernplatz in front of Alte Oper.

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The 10th edition of Asuncion Marathon was a nice event that unfortunately suffered from heavy wind. The course starts at Costanera which is the coastline of Asuncion. We head strong … MORE

The 10th edition of Asuncion Marathon was a nice event that unfortunately suffered from heavy wind. The course starts at Costanera which is the coastline of Asuncion. We head strong headwind for the first 7k and again at the end. In the middle part when you run from the coastline to downtown the course has a 3k uphill part. There are many water stations along the course, but no isotonic drinks or gels. The atmosphere along the course was quite poor as there were no spectators. The city is not beautiful at all, but offers some museums. The distribution of the race packages took place in a modern shopping mall. All runners received a nice T-Shirt, a quite nice medal and some other stuff like a drinking bottle and soap 🙂 If you ever plan on running Asuncion Marathon Asuncion Rent Suites is a perfect place to stay as it’s right at start and finish of the race and a really good place to stay!

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Rio Half Marathon is amazing! The course is as beautiful as a course can be! Start is at famous Ipanema Beach! From there the course takes runners to Copacabana before … MORE

Rio Half Marathon is amazing! The course is as beautiful as a course can be! Start is at famous Ipanema Beach! From there the course takes runners to Copacabana before the course turns left towards Botafogo and Flamengo from where you have spectacular views of sugarloaf. Runners pass by the marina of Rio, hit downtown before the course turns back to Flamengo where the half marathon comes to an end! In the finish zone you’ve got a perfect view of sugar loaf for a perfect medal picture! Weather conditions were hot this year, but should normally be a bit better. It was the hottest day of the week – bad luck! But it was sunny! The expo is well organised and quite big! As the race is very popular and many participants take part in the race waiting time at the numbers pick up is quite long. Try to be there as early as you can! In the race package you find gel and bars! A nice T-Shirt could be ordered for a good price
with the registration! All in all a MUST-RUN-RACE! And last, but not least: I’ve never seen so many photographers taking pictures of the runners! I can’t wait to see all the pictures!

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SF Marathon is a wonderful race with a very scenic but also quite challenging course. After I had run the first half and the second half the years before I … MORE

SF Marathon is a wonderful race with a very scenic but also quite challenging course. After I had run the first half and the second half the years before I finally ran the full marathon this year. For the first time it was beautiful weather and the Golden Gate Bridge was clearly visible. The views of the bridge were spectacular while the sun was rising! Of course the course is quite hilly but fortunately the first half is the tougher part. The expo is super and offers a lot to see and to buy. The medal is very big very kitschy but awesome with a movable cable car. All in all it was an amazing and very well organised race!

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Rock’n Roll Marathons are famous for the medals, but the medal I got at Chicago Half is the ugliest medal I’ve ever received! The T-Shirt as well.... the race is … MORE

Rock’n Roll Marathons are famous for the medals, but the medal I got at Chicago Half is the ugliest medal I’ve ever received! The T-Shirt as well…. the race is nice, but nothing special to talk about. A flat course with a scenic first half through downtown and a boring second half without any atmosphere! All in all a good race to run if you’re in town, but definitely not a race that’s good enough to travel for!

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Marburg marathon is a marathon/half marathon race in the city of Marburg which is a very beautiful small city right in the middle of Germany. The race starts on a … MORE

Marburg marathon is a marathon/half marathon race in the city of Marburg which is a very beautiful small city right in the middle of Germany. The race starts on a Friday night at 7pm at the market square of the old part of the town. It´s a flat beautiful course with parts in the city, outside along beautiful fields and at the river Lahn. It´s a small production with around 1200 runners for the half marathon. Everything is easy going! Perfect race to start the weekend with.

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Hamburg half marathon is one of the biggest solo half marathon races in Germany. 12000 runners were registered to run the most beautiful course in the most beautiful city. This … MORE

Hamburg half marathon is one of the biggest solo half marathon races in Germany. 12000 runners were registered to run the most beautiful course in the most beautiful city. This year weather conditions were very tough as it was sunny and super hot with temperatures in the mid-nineties which is absolutely not normal for Hamburg. Because of the weather only 8400 runners started of which only 8000 finished. Because of the 25th anniversary runners got a nice backpack! I love this race and I have already signed up for Hamburg Half 2020!

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Wonderful race! Beautiful 2 laps course in the city of Wilhelmshaven. Running along the sea while tourists cheer from theirs beach chairs and crossing the famous old Kaiser Wilhelm bridge … MORE

Wonderful race! Beautiful 2 laps course in the city of Wilhelmshaven. Running along the sea while tourists cheer from theirs beach chairs and crossing the famous old Kaiser Wilhelm bridge is spectacular! Super production and lovely medal! Loved it

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Well, there is really no reason to visit the city of Leverkusen, but the half marathon was quite nice, much better than expected. As Leverkusen has nothing beautiful to offer … MORE

Well, there is really no reason to visit the city of Leverkusen, but the half marathon was quite nice, much better than expected. As Leverkusen has nothing beautiful to offer it´s very good that the course of the half marathon takes runners around the city through forests and parks which is quite beautiful. The highlight of the course is of course at km 12 when the course leads through the iconic Leverkusen soccer stadium. The atmosphere at the finish line is very nice and as the course is flat and the weather was beautiful it was all in all a nice half to use as a training. All runners (around 1200 runners for the half) got a beautiful medal.

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Luxemburg Marathon is a big party! The event consists of full marathon, half marathon and different team runs. It´s a night run that starts at 7pm. Nice expo and everything … MORE

Luxemburg Marathon is a big party! The event consists of full marathon, half marathon and different team runs. It´s a night run that starts at 7pm. Nice expo and everything is very well organized. Spectators get orange hats and rattles to make noise with. Start and finish is at the LuxExpo which is about 5 km outside the city centre. The course takes runners from there to the city centre and back. The atmosphere is fantastic! Many people and a lot of DJs at the course and they really know how to cheer. Weather was sunny and hot – definitely a bit too hot with temperatures close to 30 degrees celsius. Finish is in the expo hall which is almost as spectacular as the famous finish of Frankfurt Marathon. All in all a super nice race!

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First of all: Riga is a wonderful city that is absolute worth a weekend trip! The Riga Marathon is a gold label race and a very good production. Runners have … MORE

First of all: Riga is a wonderful city that is absolute worth a weekend trip! The Riga Marathon is a gold label race and a very good production. Runners have the choice to either run the full or the half marathon that both start at 8.40 am. Elite start is at 8.30 am. A 10k race starts at 1pm. The race starts in downtown and the course is flat. The middle part of the half marathon is very beautiful taking runners through the city centre and through the old town. Unfortunately km 14 to 18 is quite boring why I rated the scenery with 3 shoes only. The finish area is lovely offering milk shakes, massage service, barbecue etc. The medal is beautiful!!! This year weather conditions were extreme as Latvia and the baltic area suffered from a heat wave. It was sunny but too hot to run good times. Normally it should be much cooler in Latvia 🙂

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Mainz marathon is a very popular and well organized race. Runners can choose between full or half marathon. All runners start at 9.30 am. The course is flat and takes … MORE

Mainz marathon is a very popular and well organized race. Runners can choose between full or half marathon. All runners start at 9.30 am. The course is flat and takes runners to different parts of the city. Of course the best atmosphere is in downtown between km 9 and 15. This part is really amazing. Also the finish is amazing with many spectators cheering for all runners. In the finish area runners get different drinks (incl. alcoholfree beer), bread, bars, cakes and fruits. It´s a tradition that all runners get a present at the expo – this year it was a jubilee towel. By the way, the expo is a very nice one with very good offers.

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Dubrovnik Runner´s Weekend is a perfectly organized and super sympathetic event in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The weekend starts with the 2,5km Run The Wall … MORE

Dubrovnik Runner´s Weekend is a perfectly organized and super sympathetic event in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The weekend starts with the 2,5km Run The Wall event. 100 participants start one after the other and run on the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik which is really fun. The course offers spectacular views from the walls which have steep 1080 steps! On Sunday it´s race day for the half marathon runners. Start and finish is at famous Stradum street which might be the most beautiful street in the world. The course is quite tough as it has a steep elevation at the beginning and at the end, but it´s also a beautiful course along the water. Drinks were offered every 2 km which was good because of the warm weather. All runners got a huge medal (for both events) and also a T-Shirt and a runner´s pass for both events. The wall runners even got a VIP Runner´s pass and a beautiful and high quality backpack. The pass includes free entrance to many touristic attractions such as cable car, entrance to the city walls, ferry boat to beautiful Lokrum island and free entrance to all museums and public transport. The pass is valid for 5-6 days! The event is really amazing and I can absolutely recommend Dubrovnik Half Marathon!

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Berlin Half Marathon is definitively one of the very best races! The course has been slightly changed this year and is now even better as the finish is now at … MORE

Berlin Half Marathon is definitively one of the very best races! The course has been slightly changed this year and is now even better as the finish is now at the Brandenburg Gate similar to the Berlin Marathon. The course is flat and very scenic – a perfect sightseeing tour! Due to the extremely high number of runners (35.500 registered runners / almost 29.000 finishers) it gets a little crowded in the starting area – please be there on time for a little extra waiting time. Weather conditions this year were amazing!

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Warsaw Half Marathon is a fast growing half marathon in the capital of Poland. Almost 15.000 runners took part in the 14th edition of this race. It´s well organized with … MORE

Warsaw Half Marathon is a fast growing half marathon in the capital of Poland. Almost 15.000 runners took part in the 14th edition of this race. It´s well organized with a small, but good expo. When registering runners can decide if they wanna ad a race T-shirt for 30 Euro. Normally I never buy race shirts, but this time I did, because I liked it. Start of the race is at 10 am on Sunday – due to the time change to summer time I was happy that it was not earlier. The course is absolutely flat – good for PBs. The atmosphere is good with music and a lot of cheering groups. The finish is packed with people cheering the runners. The reason why this race does not get 5 shoes is the absolute boring course. It starts in downtown quite close to the old city, but unfortunately takes runners only to the other side of the river and then back and does not hit the beautiful parts of Warsaw at all. What a pity!

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Barcelona Half Marathon is one of the top events I love to run every year. This year the weather could not have been better. Sunny, mild and no wind - … MORE

Barcelona Half Marathon is one of the top events I love to run every year. This year the weather could not have been better. Sunny, mild and no wind – perfect running conditions. Nice expo, nice flat course through downtown Barcelona, super atmosphere and nice T-Shirt and medal. Motel One is the best hotel to stay. Good prices and perfect location as start and finish is just in front of the hotel entrance.

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RAK Half Marathon is considered to be the world´s fastest half marathon. The top elite runners run this race every year. It´s absolutely flat - my runtastic said 0 meters … MORE

RAK Half Marathon is considered to be the world´s fastest half marathon. The top elite runners run this race every year. It´s absolutely flat – my runtastic said 0 meters up and 0 meters down which makes this course the perfect course to run a personal best. Weather conditions in Ras Al Khaimah which is about 1 hour drive from Dubai airport were perfect. Sunny blue skies and moderate temperatures – cool in the morning. The production is really one of the best I have ever experienced and if you stay at Hilton Double Tree Marjan Island you just have to step out of your hotel room and you´re at the start and finish line. The medal is the biggest and heaviest medal I´ve ever seen and it´s absolutely high quality! The course is not very scenic, but every 2,5km water is offered. After the race runners get free downloads of the photos that were taken. All in all it was a fantastic experience to run RAK Half Marathon!

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Well, it´s quite hard to find a marathon in Europe taking place in January. Funchal Marathon on the beautiful portuguese island of Madeira is one of the few options. Weather … MORE

Well, it´s quite hard to find a marathon in Europe taking place in January. Funchal Marathon on the beautiful portuguese island of Madeira is one of the few options. Weather conditions were perfect. Bright sunshine with a few clouds, almost no wind and temperatures around 18 to 20 degrees celsius. Runners can choose between full and half marathon and a 7k mini race. There is no expo, just a pick-up place in downtown Funchal where runners get their numbers and a race T-Shirt which was red this year. As the city of Funchal is not that big the start is easy to reach by foot from almost every hotel in town which makes it very comfortable. The course takes runners through different parts of the city. Some parts have to be run twice. There are some up- and downhill parts. Every 4-5k runners get offered water and iso-drinks. Unfortunately there is only very little support along the course. The most annoying fact was that the course seemed not to be exactly measured due to a short term course correction, which lead to a very long km 17 and km 19! At the end the course was at least 21.7km long. All in all I can recommend to run Funchal Marathon if you want to escape from winter in Europe and enjoy beautiful spring weather.

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Beautiful course along the Dubai Creek. The first 8 km are a bit boring, but then the course gets beautiful and runners run along the creek while the sun is … MORE

Beautiful course along the Dubai Creek. The first 8 km are a bit boring, but then the course gets beautiful and runners run along the creek while the sun is rising. All runners get a huge sport bag full of race swag. After the race all runners meet on the terrace of Dubai Golf Club for a huge breakfast buffet! All in all a fantastic race! Loved it! Weather by the way was perfect. Sunshine and around 20-22 degrees Celsius.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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 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 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 (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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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