Kris Gotsch

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Best February Marathon based on runners' ratings

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 22:46

According to the raters and reviewers on RateRuns, this marathon is the world's best rated marathon taking place in the month of February - maybe an idea for someone already now looking into marathon(s) for next year

What is the world's best marathon (experience)?

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 22:27

First "Hidden Gem" marathon has been added to RateRuns -

What is the world's best marathon (experience)?

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 17:33

Two new ratings/reviews up on Liverpool Marathon (thanks if it was someone from here) and today new ratings and inspiring reviews on for example Dubai, London, Marrakech and more.

Look forward to see more ratings on which will inspire people to participate in your favorite marathon

What is the world's best marathon (experience)?

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 12:17

Thanks everyone and agree that the version of RunnersWorld is great for UK races reviews/ratings (just like the .com version is great for the runs in the US). What I find missing, however, was for example input and ideas for Copenhagen v.s. Stockholm marathon...etc.

@Richard Harrison 17 - Liverpool has been added to the site. Here is the link , thanks for the tip

What is the world's best marathon (experience)?

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 07:25

@Sussex Runner, will definitely consider Milton Keynes but in order to give this race some more attention, please leave your rating here to help people in their decision making between Barcelona, Dubai or Milton Keynes

What is the world's best marathon (experience)?

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 20:42

I have regularly visited these forums and enjoyed the reviews of UK events but I have missed an international overview of marathons, in particular because I really enjoy the "weekend abroad incl marathon" concept.

Up came the idea for RateRuns - a site where marathon runners rate the marathons they have participated in and influence and inspire others.

Take a look at RateRuns HERE and rate and review the marathon you like the most or would like to share your opinion about. I - and many others - look forward to your input and join the race(s) you enjoyed the most.

Istanbul 2013

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 16:55

Ian, two points:

1 - I found that communication and information prior to picking up the start number could be better. Once you find out at which location you should pick up the number at it is a matter of locating it. Even when entering the building you are not quite sure you are in the right place but once you find your way down the escalators to the basement everything is great. Furthermore, I had to contact the organizers a few days before via telephone - it took numerous attempts before I got someone on the line who could help me in English. These are not major things but things I would have expected such a big marathon to have thought through.

2 - I have run several marathons before and always completed without any problems, but in Istanbul I ran into an injury which took me to the hospital. I went through 4 hours of total confusion and eventually ended up on the street outside the hospital (with a note in my hand saying 281 which was apparently the bus I could take back to my hotel) I must admit that it would have helped me if I had had my mobile phone by me (but as a runner I try to run with as little extra weight as possible), some money (which I could have used for the bus....or a taxi) or if I would have spoken Turkish! But even so, I found it appalling that the organization could not even inform my wife (standing at the finish line for hours extra waiting for me) that I had been taken to the hospital (they even denied that I was on the list of people who had been taken to the hospital!!) or that they at the hospital seemed sooo surprised that someone from the marathon would end up there. I tried to ask for some water at the hospital (never got it!), tried to ask for a blanket as it quite quickly gets cold when you cool down (never got it) and also tried to ask if I could get some papers with me in relation to which tests they had done (mission impossible). My best advice; DON"T get injured there 

Paris Marathon 2013

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 12:38

Hi everyone, new to this group but enjoyed several of the past "discussions" - have a few marathons behind me including the latest where I fainted a few kms before the finish line. After several tests and hospital visits it has been ruled out that the accident had anything to do with my heart, so it is back out there and setting a new goal Paris has always been on the "to do list" but also looking at others - amazed by the amount of marathons out there now and working on a hobby project of rating these runs based on more than whether it is a fast course. Snowing outside like it is where a lot of you are but that will only make this afternoon's run prettier

Istanbul 2013

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 11:38

It is definitely a marathon worth running - the organization is not the best (a few serious flaws actually) but the experience of running over the bridge and through the streets of Istanbul is fantastic.

The charts are very accurate by the way.

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