What a setting for a Marathon (about: 2012)|
Trevor McRoberts from Kells, Northern Ireland (11/12/12)
3 previous marathons
| 1 International Lake Garda Marathon
Outstanding beautiful setting for a marathon. Considering you are surrounded by mountains it is a surprisingly flat course, but be prepared for a slight rise over the last few Kilometers into Malcesine. Did a PB so I can't complain. Very well organised for a relativly small marathon, ample water/sport drinks, bananas and biscuits to go round. If you rely on spectators to encourage you round you will be in trouble as the roads between the villages are deserted but well enough supported within them. Don't rely on your GPS as there are lot of tunnels and you keep loosing reception but what the heck you are that busy looking around when you are in the open you can be forgiven about checking your pace and it appears to look after itself anyway.
I stayed in Limone (where the marathon starts) which was ideal as I didn't have to stress about getting onto a crowded boat at 7:00am, get a good breakfast at a reasonable time and dander up to the start at my leisure. Getting back, from the finish in Malcesine, was simple as the ferry is free, on race day, for all runners and they put on extra boats.
In essance if you want to do a PB in one of the most beautiful parts of the world (and at a reasonable cost) this has to be on your agenda.