Great organization, fast course, and hot weather (about: 2003)|
T. S. from Mainz, Germany (6/3/03)
The Rhein-Ruhr Marathon is one of the oldest urban German marathons. This year they celebrated the 20th edition of the race. The organization before, during, and after the marathon is close to perfect. It's a race put on by runners for runners. The course is almost flat, and fast, so PB's are possible. It is not the most picturesque course I've ever seen, but it's still interesting (the course runs through the change of suburbs, roads along the river, and the port area). For the first half, there is limited interest and support from spectators, but it gets better the closer you get to the finish. This year, the temperature was extremely high: up to 30C (90F). Overall, it was a very enjoyable marathon.