Fast course, good crowd (General Comments)|
Leonardo Simo Fuertes from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1/21/02)
I am a 41 year old who have run New York City (1998), Chicago (1998), Berlin (1999)and my personal record was in Rotterdam 2000, 3:29:05. A little crowded at the start, however that happens in all major marathons. It starts and ends in the same place which is an important commercial avenue like '5th avenue' in New York City. This is a fast, flat course, the only 'hill' is the Erasmusbrug bridge crossing, I would say a faster Marathon than Chicago and Berlin; Good crowd support throughout almost the entire course.
Good organization in general, the staff members were very warm and nice people, However be aware that the organizers don't have the Packet pick-up system for runners that is used in New York, Chicago or Berlin. Plenty of water and extran (a sports drink like gatorade) every 5 kilometers. Kilometers markers are posted every kilometer and a big one every 5 kilometers. I would recommend this marathon for someone who wants to run a personal record with good crowd support and not having to deal with so many runners (about 7,000 to 10,000 runners run this marathon).