Overall, it's the best night-time marathon around! (about: 2007)|
Joseph Carter from Aviano, Italy (6/17/07)
3 previous marathons
| 1 NIGHTMARATHON.IT
Kudos on the number of water/food stations! However, toward the end of the marathon, when you needed or looked for one the most, they were nowhere to be found! Parts of the course were beautiful while on other parts you were running in almost complete darkness, barely even able to see the ground in front of you. I went with a group of people and finished with a PR of 4 hours, 17 minutes, and 4 seconds, so I was very pleased. I also give kudos to the number of toilets along the way. There were about 1,000 marathon runners and 2,000 half marathon runners, including my wife - Birgul Carter - who finished her 1st half marathon in 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 13 seconds - or 9 minute and 48 second pace.
According to my Garmin 305 Forerunner, the course was 40.1% ascent 41.2% descent, 18.7% flat. A big critique on the course layout is when it has you running what seems to be about 5K in one direction with a turn-around point where you are watching runners return on the other side of the same street. Very demoralizing! If you are a slow runner like a few of my friends running, even though you have 6 hours to finish, the organizers turned off the visible finish line clock at 5 hour 45 minutes - even though they were still recording time. To their credit, they did wait for the course's last three runners (all 3 were from our group). The course was fairly fast with only a few mild hills. Parts of the course were kind of confusing because even though the half marathon and full marathon course were slightly different, the full marathon overlapped into the half marathon's course and you pass the half marathon's start line and finish line, so throughout the full marathon you see kilometer readings in parts for both the half and full marathon. Overall, I would still run this again if given the opportunity.