Great scenery, great course, good organization (about: 2009)|
S. J. from Winterthur, Switzerland (9/30/09)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Wachau Marathon
This is a great, small race. There are only 500+ runners, so you're through the start quickly. Along the course there are plenty of refreshment posts - all well stocked. I think they average about one every 3-4 kilometers.
The transport buses from Krems to the marathon start at Emmersdorf were well organized, as was the baggage drop-off and collection.
The scenery is great. There's the Danube on the right at all times, and on the left you've got renowned vineyards and medieval towns - you even pass the castle Richard Lionheart was kept hostage at.
The only comment is that I don't expect many people to be watching. The half-marathon draws over 7,000 runners, but by the time you come through, everyone's gone home. Another irritant was the "Nordic walking" half-marathon. The last thing you need after completing about 40K of the race is to have to weave around a few slow-moving, stick-wielding, road-blocking people!
The weather this year was a little too hot - 26 degrees, with very little shade.
But overall... a great experience!