Very nice, late-June marathon (about: 2007)|
Dan Sarkipato from Michigan, USA (6/30/07)
6-10 previous marathons
I write from the perspective of an American. This was my 7th marathon, and my son's first. Our goal was to run it together successfully and we achieved our goal.
As with other Scandinavian marathons, it starts in the afternoon (1:00 p.m.).
Weather was sunny but not too warm. With this start time, it could get very warm.
Course is a half-marathon loop that is run twice. It starts in the beautiful city, goes briefly through an industrial area, and is mostly in the rural countyside. Finishes back in the city, running along the river right next to outdoor cafes. You see some beautiful boats and ships. Some bicycles and spectators can get in the way on occasion. Few hills, but there is one long one out in the country. Aid stations every few kilometers with Maxim and water.
Second half it included some sort of PowerBar, and once, some dill pickles! There is a marker every kilometer along the way.
Nicely organized and well run. The finisher's medal is beautiful. You receive a t-shirt with your race packet, then a second similar one at the end that says, "finisher." Information about the race is hard to come by in English. We only found out about the start time when we arrive in Finland in Turku.
This was a very, very nice event that I highly recommend. There were about 600 marathon runners, and about 1500 half. Everyone starts together.
One improvement: there is a long stretch with no WC (toilet), which my son needed badly.