Arabian experience (about: 2003)|
Kevin Allen from London, England (6/29/03)
This marathon takes place on the West Bank in Luxor.
The race start was a little chaotic, as we were told that there would be two starts, but then it turned out that there was only one, and we had a little bit of catching up to do. During the race you will experience the local children running next to you, asking for pens and bon bons. The race started at 7:30, and the buses didn't arrive until 7:10/7:15, so there was no time to warm up.
The course consists of four laps, and is mostly flat. I finished in 3:09:34, smashing my PB by over 23 mins, so I was more than happy.
The race organization is okay. The bad thing was that despite having paid a race fee of $50 US, if you wanted a race t-shirt you had to pay an extra $10, which left some people fuming. The post-marathon banquet made up for that though, with mountains of food, and local, traditional entertainment; it was a nice way to end the day.