The 32nd Donostia-San Sebastian Marathon will take place on 29 November 2009.

The route takes in many cultural elements of the city of San Sebastian with many of its museums being rated amongst the top 10 in Europe. It starts at the Avda de Madrid and the finish point is at Estado Anoeta.

The 42.2km course travels past the Museo Chillada, in honour of Eduardo Chillada, the famous creator of open space monuments and the Museo Naval which is dedicated to all things naval, in particular the history of the navy and boat building, in honour of the fact that San Sebastian is a harbourside city which has historically been dependent on the sea.

Billed as the city with a cosmopolitan lifestyle and an old-world ambience, San Sebastian has much to offer in the way of entertainment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. The locals refer to themselves as Donostiarras, hence the name of the marathon.

Next event date:
2009: 29 November



Germany's third-biggest marathon takes place in Frankfurt on 25th October. The Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon is known as a "Gold Road Race" and some 13,000 runners are expected to participate.

Last year's winner, Robert K. Cheruivot (2:07:21) will be back to defend his title and the elite women's field is expected to be the strongest in the event's 28-year history.

The marathon begins at 10am at the Messetower and the flat, fast course ends on the red carpet inside the Frankfurter Festhalle, where runners are welcomed by up to 9000 cheering spectators. The course takes marathon runners three times across the Operplatz, which makes it another good place for spectators to stand.

Big screens with live video coverage will be placed at the Hauptwache and Rossmarkt for participants and their supporters to monitor progress.

Shorter distance runs are also included in the day. One is the "Bio-Adventure-Mile" organised by the Environment Forum.

Organisers have planned plenty of entertainment to inspire runners and supporters along the course. There'll be samba groups, music bands and other entertainers helping to create a festival atmosphere, as well as catering points where spectators can buy sustenance while they watch the race.


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