is stephanie costi....i'm the marathon runner from los angeles, california...i
met you at the hotel attolos....i just thought i'd give you an overall summary
of the experience of participating in the athens marathon, 2003.
i'd like to
start off by saying that the overall experience was incredible based on the
actual history of the marathon, the history of the course, and the awesome
finale in the old olympic stadium....you would have to know something about the
history of the making of the marathon to appreciate the athens marathon fully.
knowing that you are running the original course of phidipides is quite
regarding the organizational aspects.....the marathon expo (the
day before the event) was quiet, not alot of energy, not much help from the
volunteers/staff, no vendors displaying running apparel/goods, not much action!
usually these expos are big events!
the buses transporting the runners 26.2
miles out of town to the city of marathon....was pretty organized.
course was extremely challenging! alot of gradual hill inclines, heat and
humidity! i would recommend to any runner preparing to run this marathon, that
they hill train before this race....would definately be beneficial!
course there was not many portable restrooms....they need to furnish more! there
were no small foods along the course, or at the finish (bananas, raisins,
candies, etc.)runners need sugar! my biggest biff about this marathon is the
chasing around to find out if photos were taken of the runners....and how to
view them and order them! there was no information/direction or contacts in
regard to the marathon photos.....and i'm still getting no response....i
traveled too far to run this race....it would be nice to have a photo! this
issue is still pending!
the pain and sufferring in running this brutal course
was well worth it after experiencing the finish of the race in the old olympic
stadium....it's a real tear jerker!
overall....the historical background of
this marathon is too amazing to overlook.....all of the small, negative things
about this race.....really become trivial!
i would recommend this race to all
avid marathon runners....just be sure to be well trained for this one!
this is good information for you and your web site! by the way, we all enjoyed
our stay at the hotel attolos...thank you for the recommendation! i'd like to
check this testimonial out if you end up putting it on your web site....let me
know where i can view it!
i read your write up on the marathon.....excellent! i love the fact that you
referred to the heroes of the race as common people with an extreme goal and
passion. now that the race is over....i can appreciate it so much more! it's one
of the best marathons i've participated in, so far!
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