Highly recommended (about: 2010)|
H. W. from Warsaw, Poland (5/13/10)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 Europe's Marathon
I wanted to run a spring marathon in Italy. Rome was a bit too early, Turin was moved to October, I didn't want to run in Milan and - lo and behold - here comes Trieste.
The majority of the course was really scenic, save for some parts in Monfalcone (petrol station, supermarket, etc.). The part along the coast was particularly beautiful. However, it's definitely neither flat nor particularly fast.
The food stands offered a variety of pastries, oranges, lemons, bananas and drinks and they were well staffed. I also liked cheering crowds in the towns and villages. All those shouts of "Dai," "Bravi," and "Forza!" were very cordial and supportive.
What I do not understand is a lack of toilets along the course, and why they only had 4 toilets around the start area. This is something to work on because standing in a cue is not particularly relaxing before a marathon. It's not really a warm-up either.
Otherwise than that, I recommend this run to those who are tired of big crowds and are not seeking a course that guarantees a personal record. Although I did obtain that in Trieste. :)