The little race that tries hard (about: 2004)|
R. D. from Maine, USA (5/5/04)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Oberelbe Marathon
Despite rainy and cool weather, the Oberelbe Marathon was one heck of a good time. A great point-to
-point race from Konigstein to Dresden along the beautiful Elbe River. Hundreds of runners packed the 0750-hour train in Dresden (free trip for runners) to be dropped off an hour later 26 miles upriver for the run back to Dresden. The race is 95% on a paved cycle path with NO vehicular traffic! Great!
Scenery was dramatic with castle-capped cliffs on both sides of the river for the first 15 miles. Few specators as you are running in the country and small villages, but the few that did brave the rain were enthusiastic indeed. Great, friendly, multi-lingual registration, packet pickup and overall organization. Only about 1000 runners so after a kilometer or so, never really crowded.
Spending time in lovely and historic Dresden is worth the trip itself. And, there are some fabulous white wines from this area of the Elbe river, so along with German beer, rehydration is a pleasure! I'm flying back across the Atlantic next spring just for this race. Hell, I may go back next month just to drink some more Riesling!!!!