I envy you the build up at the start and the pacers are superb and even if a pacer group slips past you will have done your best on the day under the conditions that present themselves, enjoy it, the only reason im not doing it again is i have my sights on Alexander The Great Marathon (Thessaloniki Greece) Brighton, and MCM Washington, and maybe Istanbul...But i will be back its such a Beautiful city..
expo the day before, take some euros for a fantastic laser cut marathon hanger for your world marathons, that was the only thing that tempted me to part with my 28 euros i will put a link below, and also the red open bus top guided tour is essential pick up and drop off is right outside expo entrance again i will link below you will not be getting any bother wearing headphones bottom link aero bus.
Saturday was sightseeing day, walking along the river admiring the golden onion topped churches and the imposing Kremlin walls, a fantastic well policed, clean city where I felt safe being a lone tourist Take a tour | Where | Moscow Travel Portal. Sunday 20th September Race day up at 0730, a breakfast of a couple of sweet oat bars washed down with black coffee and peach juice then the short walk to the Metro then onto Sportivnaya station the atmosphere is incredible as thousands file out of the metro on towards Luzhniki Sports Complex all competitors must pass through metal detectors and bag searches showing wrist bands, bag drop and race pen entry went without incident or stress and I soon found myself counting down and off and running, really early on you find yourself running through the modern architecture of the new city Inspiration Modern Architecture Skyscrapers the 10km runners who all set off with you are directed off to the right as you run down wide 6 lane roads with a policeman at every lamppost security was high but there are few spectators in this area. at 12kms there’s the first climb into the older part of the city but for the most part the Marathon route is alongside the river with all the iconic views, at about 22kms I had a little walk at the brow of a hill then oops! I watched my 4.15 pacer flag slip by at 25km and the 4.30 pacer flag at 33km said to me just get your old crate home, running past red square and the Kremlin walls was great with better support here, water stations are every 5kms and with one exception well stocked and I’m blaming the hills the heat and (the truth) lack of practice miles! for not pushing on ..but happy to claim the t shirt and medal, what a fantastic city, thank you Moscow. (yes it was worth the Red tape!) where’s Wally next? Rick Ryder