Couldn’t believe it was 34°F when John left for the start of the marathon. Burrr…
We next saw John at Plaza del Sol which was the 18km mark and where a great Rock and Roll band was playing:
Logan and I attempted to catch John again at the finish line but he ran too fast and we miscalculated. He ended up finishing the marathon with a 4:05:05. Yeah to John!
John’s observations of the Madrid Marathon are:
- Mostly the runners are from Spain with not a lot of foreign runners. More of a local marathon than a destination marathon
- Fewer women than other marathons he’s run
- Not as many people were “dressed up” ~ although we did see Nacho Libre and Minnie Mouse outfits
- They had in-line medical volunteers amongst the runners spraying “icy hot” on runner’s joints and vaseline for chafing. John only saw one “wipe-out”
- All runners including marathon (elite as well), 1/2 marathon and 10k started in the same corrals at the same time then diverted at different stages of the race. Usually runners start at different times.
- Course was a bit hilly
- Only food handed out along the course was power gel at one station
- Bottles of water and electrolytes were handed out but the large bottles were more than he needed at one stop. He prefers the smaller cups
- Lots of Porta Potties
- Lots of wonderful bands (after all it was a Rock and Roll Marathon)
- Overall, he loved the marathon and would like to run it again!
Here’s a bit of what I saw while cheering the runners:
John’s marathon shirt was too small for him, so lucky me, I have a new shirt to wear to my next tennis match.