It was a different date and a new start time but in all other ways Koln Marathon was “the same procedure as every year”.

 

Normally held in mid-October, organisers brought the 2014 date forward a full month and were rewarded with clear skies and balmy temperatures.  

 

New start times saw the half marathon head out at 8.30am, with the full marathon – including school and relay teams – departing Ottoplatz at 10am.  This meant most half runners were off the course before the marathoners reached the finish.

 

Koln is a pretty marathon, taking in the Rhein river, Deutzer Bridge and old town, with a finish in Komoedienstrasse, right by Koln Cathedral. 

 

Runners passed Rudolfplatz three times – around 10km, 20km and 40km - which was great for supporters to keep them motivated.

14 September 2014
Koln, Germany


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Soon after the start, the course takes runners past the Chocolate Museum, Sport and Olympia Museum and architecturally unique crane houses.  

 

Around 19km, the course description notes “Cologne's celebs lie at Melaten Cementery (Melatenfriedhof) and the sun bathers lie at Aachen Pond (Aachner Weiher) in summertime.”

 

If you missed Koln Marathon this year, read the delightful course description on the website.  You’ll be so amused you won’t want to miss the experience next year.

Record runners in Reykjavik

Even a threatening volcano couldn’t stop record numbers running in Reykjavik this year.

 

Organisers were thrilled with a turnout of 15,654 in the marathon, half marathon, 10km, relay, 3km fun run and “Lazy Town Run”.  The weather was ideal and runners had a fabulous day.

 

Most of the race is on city streets, although parts of the route are run on tracks.  The course is unique and scenic, with the start and finish downtown in sight of the pond and city hall. 

 

The first part of the course runs through a residential area where many of the inhabitants come out of their houses to cheer runners on. 

23 August 2014
Reykjavik, Iceland


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This is followed by a section where the runners pass along the seaside and have excellent views of the ocean, but also of the mountains surrounding Reykjavik, including Esjan and the Snæfellsjökull glacier.

 

Marathon participants run through the Elliðaárdal valley, the location of one of the country’s more popular salmon-fishing rivers, a small waterfall, and some woodland. In the last part of the race, participants pass a number of famous buildings, including Höfdi House.

 

Bardarbunga volcano on the Holuhraun lava field was threatening activity at the time but saved its eruption until a week after the race.

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