A big congratulation to all who made it through Rome on the 17th. It was my 14th marathon (just one a year), but definitely the toughest of runs ever, by far. I had no training for this one, which explains my experience. But, having run Stockholm, Paris and now Rome, I continue to think that Stockholm is still one of the best. I thought there was way too little spectator support outside of the city center, too little live music/bands playing, and a general lack of interest for the runners, but maybe that was because I was extremely slow this year, and because the center of Rome is just so beautiful that there are more interesting sites to look at then sweaty runners in poor shape! Rome is a fantastic city that I'll continue to return to for the food, culture and historic beauty, but lacks something in terms of marathon ambience, in my humble opinion. I need to find a new run, with more music and bands and better solidarity between runners and spectators, and where the cheering and support happens even in the more remote places outside the city center.
Hi All, I just joined this awesome forum. I booked my flights and hotel for Rome 2013, but can't register for the race because the official website (maratonadiroma.it) appears down, thus am getting worried whether they will accept new registrants at this relatively late stage. Does anyone else have the same problem w/ the website? Do you know an alternative way to register? I've read elsewhere that they normally don't fill up until March, but with marathon running becoming more and more popular, you never know...Many thanks in advance for any insights!