Great place to run! (about: 2006)|
J. T. from Ypsilanti, Michigan USA (5/23/06)
First off, I speak very little German. I happened to be in Germany on business when the race was scheduled so I decided to sign-up for the 1/2 Marathon. With a little help from race organizers, I was able to register on Saturday before race day. The form was in German so I had to improvise a bit since the address format for USA is different. After I got my packet, I visited the small expo. As I left the expo, I picked-up my bottle of wine, which is given to each person who enters. On race day, I arrived early and just followed the crowds. Once I figured out where the start was, I got towards the back. There were about 5000 1/2 Marathoners and 1000 full. They started the full as one group at 9:00 AM and the half in four groups, starting at 10:30 AM. The conditions were great. Overcast for most of the run, with a small shower and then sunny towards the end. The course was fun and so were the crowds. As a US runner, I really liked running in KMs vs. miles. They were faster splits and it felt like I was making progress the entire run. Much of the course was low rolling hills, except for one large one up into some vineyards outside of Heilbronn about halfway through the race. The trip down the hill was my favorite part of the run and really boosted me towards the end in the Frankenstadion.