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Maratona di Roma 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Monday 18 April 2016 20:07

Sunday April 10th 2016 I had the pleasure to complete Maratona di Roma for the fourth time. This race and the eternal city of Rome are some of the dearest of my experiences and memories through my life. This was my 15th visit or so in Rome and this time I introduced the city to my youngest son, a very special thing for me to do. We had but two days in Rome and kept a high pace in order to see as much as possible, still, however, also finding the time for relaxation, reflection and just enjoying the unique atmosphere of Rome.

Maratona di Roma 2016 - Tor Rønnow


Rome and the Vatican

Rome is the Eternal city, a treasure of the civilization of Mankind. In Rome you find obelisks from the Egyptians, gold works from the Etruscans, the origin of Christianity, the many landmarks from the Roman Empire and, of course, the famous monuments of the city: Colosseum, San Pietro, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Stairs. All this blends into the historical city in the most elegant manner, just as the many picturesque piazzas, the modern fashion shops, the maný churches, restaurents and cafés. Rome has it all and will capture your heart and soul forrever !


Maratona di Roma 2016

The race day was blessed with beautiful sunshine and nice warm weather and hence the pictures turned out just great ! Awesome, actually !

Maratona di Roma 2016 - Tor Rønnow

Maratona di Roma is one of the most spectacular city marathons in the world, no doubt about it. No other route takes you through 3000 years of history right in front of your eyes, and no other route includes sights like San Pietro, Colosseum, Pyramide, Spagna, Piazza Venezia and so on. Objectively, the marathon is superbly organised: professional drink stations, plenty of supplies, fenced-off roads and nice memorablia in terms of a race bag, T-shirt and a beautiful medal. Maratona di Roma is a MUST !

See or relive Maratona di Roma 2016 here:

Maratona di Roma 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

Maratona di Roma 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

Maratona di Roma 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

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Maratona di Roma 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)

Maratona di Roma 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Maratona di Roma 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

Maratona di Roma 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)

Maratona di Roma 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Tokyo Marathon 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Sunday 13 March 2016 14:14

Sunday February 28th 2016 I had the pleasure to complete Tokyo Marathon and thus become a Six Star Finisher, ie. to complete all of the six Marathon World Majors. Yay !

Tokyo Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow


Tokyo City

Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world (+13 million inhabitants) and to include Tokyo Marathon  in the World Marathon Major series is nothing but logical. Having run the race now I will add: and very well deserved ! Apart from hosting this great marathon Tokyo delivers a multitude of interesting turist attractions, a few of which I had the time to explore during my short stay. However, I think that just being in Japan and to experience the Japanese culture and habits is mind-blowing in itself ! But surely, to behold places like the Shibuya Crossing and the Shinjuku Metro Station is part of the “Tokyo Essence”. I loved my stay and felt both very  welcome and a bit “Lost in Translation” at the same time, a pleasantly confusing state of mind, actually.


Tokyo Marathon 2016

The marathon itself was a surprisingly scenic experience as revealed in the race report below.

Tokyo Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow

The race course was quite flat and took you through/by many of the main landmarks in the centre of Tokyo. The organisation was close to impeccable and it was easy to stay informed on the cut-off times (of relevance to me on a “weak day”). Tokyo Marathon is clearly the one of the sex Majors with the highest percentage of sky-line experience on course and this alone makes up for an extremely attractive race. I would guess that the blend of non-Japanese runners in the field was quite low, it might be an idea to get this increased a bit in the Future to come. Anyways, should you consider Tokyo Marathon ? How could you not ?

See or relive Tokyo Marathon 2016 here:

Tokyo Marathon 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

東京マラソン2016 – TorのRønnowにより画像(英語)

Tokyo Marathon 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Tokyo Marathon 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)

Tokyo Marathon 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Tokyo Marathon 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)

Tokyo Marathon 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Tokyo Marathon 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

Tokyo Marathon 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

Marrakech Marathon 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Sunday 7 February 2016 18:02

Sunday January 31th 2016 I ran my first marathon of the African continent, namely Marrakech Marathon in Morocco. We stayed in this very friendly and hospital country for five days and really enjoyed the experience ! Morocco is a Muslim country but a wise and free one of the kind, and as we understood this very much due to the good King Mohammed VI of Morocco, whom has elicited great many improvements for the population. He does seem like a very nice guy from the many pictures you see of him everywhere ! Anyways, Marrakech was quite “another thing” and adds great perspective to the daily life back in Copenhagen.

Marrakech Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow


Marrakech City and turist impressions

Marrakech is a very busy city almost all around the hours. We stayed at a little Riad in the Medina to get the most authentic arabic experience – boy, did the Medina deliver ! There were all kinds of shops, fragrances and markeds in the Souks and the whole place was just packed with people all the time. Though it was very crowded we found no problems strolling around and we did not feel unsecure at any time of the trip.


Marrakech Marathon 2016

The marathon – and the half marathon – turned out to be an exotic experience runningwise. There were many and many different visual impressions through the race and things worked out nicely. However, we must make a critical remark about the traffic from km 35-40, this situation was unacceptable and must be fixed in future races ! Apart from this I can easily recommend a trip to Marrakech Marathon and to the beautiful and interesting country of Morocco.

Marrakech Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow

The race course was quite flat and with many very long straight passages. We were thrown between both city and dessert impressions during this race.

See or relive Marrakech Marathon 2016 here:

Marrakech Marathon 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

مراكش ماراثون 2016 – صور تور Rønnow (العربية)

Marrakech Marathon 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Marrakech Marathon 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)

Marrakech Marathon 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Marrakech Marathon 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)

Marrakech Marathon 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Marrakech Marathon 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

Marrakech Marathon 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

Valencia Marathon 2015

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Saturday 21 November 2015 00:06

Sunday November 15th 2015 I ran my third odd marathon in Spain, namely Valencia Marathon (an IAAF Silver Label Race). I have had this race in my plans for many years and boy did it deliver ! Valencia Marathon is for sure one of the best events I have ever participated in: nice route, ecstatic and cheerful crowds and an unbelievable spectacular finish at the “City of Art and Sciences”.

Valencia Marathon - Tor Rønnow


Valencia City and the beach

Valencia itself is a beautiful, charming city by the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The food is said to be exceptionally good and besides various turist attractions for sure the beach and the resteaurants should suffice for a visit.


Valencia Marathon 2015

This event is probably most renowned by it’s spectacular finish at the futuristic “City of Art and Sciences” and with the light-blue swimmingpool water on  the pictures. This is admittedly what caught my attention originally and now, having seen it myself, I must say: the trip to Valencia Marathon was worth every penny, every cent.

Valencia Marathon - Tor Rønnow

As you will find in the the race summary below Valencia Marathon is a truly unique and outstanding event.
I can’t wait to revist !

See or relive Valencia Marathon 2015 here:

Valencia Marathon 2015 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

Valencia Marathon 2015 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Valencia Marathon 2015 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)

Valencia Marathon 2015 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Valencia Marathon 2015 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)

Valencia Marathon 2015 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Valencia Marathon 2015 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

Valencia Marathon 2015 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

DLL Marathon Eindhoven 2015

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Saturday 17 October 2015 20:37

Sunday October 11th 2015 I participated in my 3rd odd marathon in the Netherlands, DLL Marathon Eindhoven. The race was picked due to its PB-likely qualities and it can for sure be written to book that this race is extremely flat, probably the flattest I have been to at all. Even though I did actually not record a new PB, I secured my best marathon result since May 2012, and overall I was very pleased with the event. I can highly recommend the DLL Marathon Eindhoven and will indeed return myself.

DLL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 - Tor Rønnow

DLL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 in pictures

The raceday was a sunny one and this is always good for the pictures and the overall atmosphere. Thus, as you will find below the race sells itself nicely in the shots.

See or relive DLL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 here:

DDL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

DDL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

DDL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)

DDL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

DDL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)

DDL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

DDL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

DDL Marathon Eindhoven 2015 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Friday 18 September 2015 09:57

Sunday September 13th 2015 was the opener for the first IAAF Bronze label race in Scandinavia, namely the longly awaited Copenhagen Half Marathon in the very streets of Copenhagen where the World Cup Half Marathon was held in 2014 (relive here). The debut turned out just greatly with a +23.000 runners competing on the day and to see Bedan Karoki to win in the world’s fastest half marathon time in this calendar year, 59.14, that is just dazzling !

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015 - Tor Rønnow

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015 in pictures

The race was transmitted directly on danish television (DR 1), you’ll find the link in my race report below. You will also find a full picture coverage of the entire route and my take on this marvelous half marathon experience.

Oh, and did I mention that I ran with a baby stroller and dressed up as Spiderman ? The crowds and especially the kids loved it, thank you for all the shouts and support out there! We love to come back next year.

See or relive Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015 here:

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svensk)

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2015 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

Asics Stockholm Marathon 2015

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Thursday 11 June 2015 20:02

Saturday May 30th 2015 was the day for the yearly Stockholm Marathon, a day that turned out just as wet and gray as forecasted and feared. Still, it was a good race experience and during my short trip to the swedish capital I also found time for a few turist impressions, the visit to the Museum of Modern Art (Moderna Museet) as the most prominent to mention. Especially this one piece of art has afforded many thoughts and feelings in me – ANGST ESSEN SEELE AUF.

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Stockholm City – Museum of Modern Art

Stockholm is a beautiful capital by the shore of the swedish “skjaergaard” (water side) and amongst the main turist attractions we find, of course, the Royal Castle which is situated in the very heart of the city.

Stockholm Marathon 2015
This was my fouth participation in Stockholm, a race that I historically have found very tough, my other times being in the range 4.29 – 5.08 hours. So I was extremely pleased to book the time 3.57.47, having the second half just 13 seconds off the first. My goal was a negative split but this was partly spoiled by congestion on the route during the last 800 meters, partly to the fact that I should have set in my finish-off sprint pace a bit earlier. Nevertheless, I have learned important stuff about marathon pacing strategy by my personal coach Søren Rasmussen and I believe I proved that in Stockholm (in sharp contrast to the April race in Paris !).

Stockholm Marathon - Tor Rønnow

As you will find in the the race summary Stockholm Marathon – several times crowned as “the best marathon in the world” – never ends to deliver the full marathon experience both physically, mentally, field-, spectator- and routewise, indeed one of the big city marathons not to miss.

See or relive Stockholm Marathon 2015 here:

Stockholm Marathon 2015 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

Stockholm Marathon 2015 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Stockholm Marathon 2015 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svensk)

Stockholm Marathon 2015 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)

Stockholm Marathon 2015 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Stockholm Marathon 2015 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

Stockholm Marathon 2015 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Thursday 7 May 2015 21:48

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 - Tor Rønnow

Just two weeks after running Marathon de Paris I had the fortune to participate in yet another truly great marathon, the World Major Virgin Money London Marathon featuring in here in year 2015 the strongest field ever in the history of marathon running. Despite tons of rain in the forecasted weather charts the race day came out dry during the hours of the event, it was even close to optimal conditions. But hey, let’s start by looking at some of the major tourist attractions in London.

British Museum

It is often beneficial to be reminded of an historical perspective on one’s life and doings and you get that – for free – in surplus at the British Museum in London. If you walk through the exhibition halls in the right sequence you’ll basically learn or get brush up of the entire history of the important parts of the civilization for the last 3000 years ! In the times of selfies, media and “me me me” it’s good to remember the skills, struggles and troublesome life conditions of the past.

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 - Tor Rønnow

The collection contains several astonishing pieces of art from both the ancient Egyptian, Greek, Etruscian and Roman epoques / empires, notably the Parthenon Frieze and the Rosetta Stone.

National Gallery
Another free and absolutely mind-blowing museum is the National Gallery at the “top” of Trafalgar Square. It’s just a 15 minutes pleseant walk from the British Museum and you may choose to pass popular areas such as Soho, China Town, Covent Garden or the theatre district on your way. The National Gallery displays work of three of the four NINJA TURTLES, notably two pieces by Leonardo da Vinci. Other works are signed by painters such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet and Turner as one of the “latest”. Just insanely awesome stuff !!!

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 - Tor Rønnow

Interestingly, the National Gallery displays the alternate version of “Virgin of the Rocks” by Leonardo da Vinci, the “first” one being at the Louvre in Paris. Thus, we hereby invent the marathon doublet “Virgin of the Rocks”: The Paris and London marathons !

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015
As in Paris, it was my third participation here in London too and it turned out to be the fastest. I tried to maintain a 5.30 pace as long as I could, this lasted until around km 26 and at that point I decided to go for a “secure sub-4″ instead of the otherwise planned negative split.

One word sums up the entire race experience: AWESOME !!!
I don’t think I have ever seen so many spectators at any marathon before – the atmosphere was just electric !

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 - Tor Rønnow

Of the 6 Marathon Majors London for sure has a special flavor to it !

See or relive Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 here:

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

Marathon de Paris 2015

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Tuesday 5 May 2015 17:08

Sunday April 12th 2015 was an incredibly nice and sunny day in Paris (France) and it was also the very day for this year’s Marathon de Paris. Whoaa ! Speak about getting lucky ! In fact, the whole weekend was blessed with warm and sunny weather and it was a pleasure to walk around between the many shops and attractions of this mega-metropol.

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Paris City

Paris is the most popular tourist city in the world and for good reasons: the atmosphere and charming sights, the cuisine, the museums, the Louvre and Mona Lisa, the Champs-Élysée and – oh, did I forget – the Eiffel Tower.

Marathon de Paris 2015
This was my third participation in Paris and even though I had to struggle a bit for it, I took home the full point. So did my friend Mikael and for his maiden marathon, it was a real privilege to accompany him towards his first finish line.

Marathon de Paris - Tor Rønnow

In toto Paris could not have displayed itself prettier than this race day, the support from the crowds was good and the overall race organisation impeccable. Next year is the 40th anniversary of Marathon de Paris, guess who is already signed up.

See or relive Marathon de Paris 2015 here:

Marathon de Paris 2015 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

Marathon de Paris 2015 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Marathon de Paris 2015 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)

Marathon de Paris 2015 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Marathon de Paris 2015 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

Marathon de Paris 2015 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

Amsterdam Marathon 2014

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Sunday 18 January 2015 22:21

Sunday October 19th I completed the Amsterdam Marathon for the fourth time. It turned out to be a record  warm and humid Sunday in Holland and these factors made me struggle quite a bit, a little more than I had hoped for. However, it is always nice to visit cities like Amsterdam and with lasting impressions.

Amsterdam Marathon starts and ends at the old Olympic Stadion – a spectacular scene for a race lift-off indeed.

Below you find a series of the best pictures of the day and the full story is in the links. Enjoy.

See or relive the unique and spectacular Amsterdam Marathon 2014 here:

Amsterdam Marathon 2014 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

Amsterdam Marathon 2014 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Amsterdam Marathon 2014 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Amsterdam Marathon 2014 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

Amsterdam Marathon 2014 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

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