Very fast course; nice, small race (about: 2011)|
A. N. from London, England (4/14/11)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Bratislava Marathon
Two-loop course taking in the attractive old town and several bridge crossings of the River Danube, but mostly run out of town on flat main roads and quiet footpaths. The latter are pretty dull, with few spectators. That said, it is a flat and quick course. As such, I ran a PB by over 6 minutes. Would definitely recommend the race for anyone looking to run a PB.
Many entrants in the race are only running a half marathon, with many of these running in relay teams. As such, for the first lap of the marathon, there are lots of runners, generally moving faster than a standard marathon. With these stopping after one lap, the second lap is much quieter, with very little race traffic.
Despite the course being a little dull and undersupported, the atmosphere in the old town is good and there is a nice feel to the race weekend (they hold races from Saturday morning onwards for children, etc.). I would definitely recommend staying at the Sheraton Hotel if running the race. Not only is the hotel great and relatively cheap, but the start of the race is right outside the hotel, making life on race day much easier.