Posted: 03/12/2013 at 22:17
I used Sports Tours International for NY this year. I can't say they added much to the occassion. They organise flights and/or hotel, marathon entry and airport transfers. Other than that I was a little underwhelmed by their role. It seems like a licence to print money.
New York Road Runners pump out all the info needed. One or two things that were promised by STI didn't materialise such as breakfast being available before boarding the coach to the start. I'd second guessed that was going to happen. I'd also complained about one of the reps. The rep I spoke to said they would take the complaint forward. Never heard anything back.
Unless you get direct entry, you have to use an operator such as STI. I would use them again if they were cheapest.
I've ran in a 209 event in the UK. Was well organised. Not tried any overseas events yet.