So I found out last week that I won a free entry to the Dusseldorf Marathon in April 2014, which is very exciting and whether I will be able to attend is still up in the air at the mo. But it got me thinking to destination marathons and how to decide on one and what you would need to know.
So I guess firstly would be where would you want to run, what country…and then deciding if it is feasible to get there. With me being from Ireland, Germanys really only over the road so I could hop over there for the race and take in a holiday to Ireland too. So it is definitely a possibility.
So for people thinking of a destination marathon/race, heres what I have compiled that I think are important things to factor in;
Cost..overall cost, including flights, accomodation, entry etc.
How easy is it to get to, 4 hour flight Vs 10 hours or more – recovery time.
Discovering a little bit about the country; is there a language barrier, is there conflict there at the moment, obstacles in entry – visas and all that.
Location of the race-major town or country side.
Distance from port of entry.
Temperature at time of race – think equipment.
Food, we are so used to fueling a certain way, different countries have obviously different types of food and brands so think of experimenting with local types of food before you get there. I mean its easy if its Italy- pasta/pizza
How many people are in it hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands,
Is it out and back or road terrain.
Beating jet lag, arriving a bit before the race a day or 2 to get over jet lag or drive lag…
So I will keep you all posted on what I decide, check out dusseldorf marathon if your looking for a small and cool race, both temp wise and people wise, germanys a great country to visit, plus beer gardens at the finish and plenty of sausages heeheehee.
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