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Couldn’t believe it was 34°F when John left for the start of the marathon. Burrr…

JP getting ready to head out for the Madrid Marathon

JP getting ready to head out for the Madrid Marathon

We next saw John at Plaza del Sol which was the 18km mark and where a great Rock and Roll band was playing:

JP found us!

JP found us!

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:

Elite Men, Madrid Marathon

Elite Men, Madrid Marathon

One of the Elite men, Madrid Marathon

One of the Elite men, Madrid Marathon

Elite Runner, Madrid Marathon

Elite Runner, Madrid Marathon

Fun Band at the 18K, Madrid Marathon

Fun Band at the 18km, Madrid Marathon

Madrid Marathon at the 18K

Madrid Marathon at the 18km

Two Minnies, Madrid Marathon

Back of Two Minnies and a Mickey, Madrid Marathon 2013

Back of Two Minnies and a Mickey, Madrid Marathon 2013

Nacho Libre (?) at the end of the Madrid Marathon

Nacho Libre (?) at the end of the Madrid Marathon

Helping Mom and Dad to the Finish Line

Helping Mom and Dad to the Finish Line

End of the Marathon Band

End of the Marathon Band

John’s marathon shirt was too small for him, so lucky me, I have a new shirt to wear to my next tennis match.

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