Tough run. Support was fair (ran out of water). (about: 2011)|
s. h. from Amman, Jordan (11/17/11)
2 previous marathons
| 1 Amman International Marathon
Basically it is really a mass, mainly teenage 10k walk, with a marathon stuck on...There were only about 200 or so runners at the 6am Marathon start. They stopped giving out water after 3.5 hours! Sun started getting bad at this time. Also, the road is opened up, and then you have to deal with kids running beside you and people wandering around in the road. Mass crowds wandering all over. There is no real audience for the Marathon, and the local people are not use to seeing anyone run, so they are a little bewildered.
It is a loop course of roughly 10km, so there is a 5km downhill, then the same unpleasant uphill.
I had read that the race organization was poor in previous races, and this was only the third year. They did their best I guess.Probably will improve in time.
No chance of getting a medal, because hundreds of kids from the 10 k grabbed 2 or three each and I could not get one.
I am not disappointed with the race because I expected some level of chaos. It is a race in a developing country, so keep that in mind. Most 'volunteers' at the site, even the younger kids cannot answer questions in English. After you finish, no one can figure out where the buses are to take you to the car park. Eventually I was told I would have to wait 6 hours for a return bus...This was not true, but there was no return bus till about 1-2 pm. No signs marking where buses or items you left at the start can be picked up...I expected this, but you just want to get home after the marathon. There is a music/pep rally after the event, but mainly oriented to the 10k folks who devour and mob everything.
Good luck if you run!