Impeccable organization (about: 2010)|
F. L. from Stockholm, Sweden (9/13/10)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 Tallinn Marathon
September 2010 was the first edition of SEB Tallinn Marathon. The website was clear and full of information, and the registration was cheap and easy. The hotel packages were very convenient. There were only 1,100 participants, but I foresee a much larger number for the next edition. The race office is open early on race day, which is a plus. The organization before, during and after the race was impeccable. The course is two laps, mostly outside of town. This means that for at least 30K there is almost no public support. The 30K outside of town are as flat as a pancake. On the other hand, the 12K in town follow a moderate to steep uphill course. The water stops are numerous and outstanding, offering anything from power gels to cakes. Two hours after the marathon start a 10K race takes place on the same location, so the race expo and the surrounding areas of the old town are invaded by a happy and colorful crowd of runners. This compensates for the paucity of spectators along the course.
In short, this was the first edition of a marathon that will become an international success, mainly because of the impeccable organization, the fact that the course is quite fast (I did a PB) and that the city of Tallinn is a perfect place for a spending a lovely weekend.