An end of summer Marathon (General Comments)|
A Runner from Helsinki (8/27/00)
A very tough course, especially the second half is full of small climbs, wich after +20K don't feel so small anymore. I have heard some Finns proclaim The Helsinki City Marathon (HCM) the most beautiful marathon in the world, well it certainly is pretty with its seaside views. The Finns are not the loudest nation in the world so don't expect London Marathon crowd support, but the crowds are supportive and abundant just after the half way point, and at the finish which is in the 1952 Olympic Stadium. HINT: when you enter the Olympic Stadium be sure to make a final sprint (200m) because the roar from the crowd for the sprinters is deeply moving.