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Powerade Copenhagen Half Marathon 2014

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Thursday 25 September 2014 19:58

Everything is not about marathon.

Indeed, half the distance is a challenge of it’s own and for new runners a half marathon is one of the major milestones proudly to achieve. So why not come to beautiful and historic Copenhagen to box a truly scenic experience at the recurring Powerade Copenhagen Half Marathon arranged by Sparta each September. As you can infer from the pictures below the route takes you past a vast array of historically important spots in the danish capital, the climate is usually perfect for running and you will love the relaxed atmosphere. Copenhagen has established itself as a renown city for fine dining and if you care for art and exhibitions, you’ll find plenty of top-notch museums to keep you busy for a weekend.

But hey, let’s concentrate on the race: you will love the Powerade Copenhagen Half Marathon !

See or relive the scenic Powerade Copenhagen Half Marathon (PCHM) 2014 here:

Powerade Copenhagen Half Marathon 2014 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

Powerade Copenhagen Half Marathon 2014 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Powerade Copenhagen Half Marathon 2014 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Powerade Copenhagen Half Marathon 2014 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

Powerade Copenhagen Half Marathon 2014 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2014

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Monday 26 May 2014 22:14

Sunday May 18th I managed to book my 10th NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon easily making this event the most numerous of large marathon appearances on my part. The race is not only in my “home city” but also in the Capital of Denmark and organized by the running club Sparta already fathering so many of important and memorable events during mine – and I guess many others’ – running career. So thank you so much for yet a great day !

NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon is the largest marathon in Denmark and the race has ambitions for growth to + 15.000 participants with in the next few years. I have alwas stressed the quality of the route, it being very representative for Copenhagen City. Runners from all around the world are highly encouraged to run this beautiful Capital Marathon. Come join us !

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 NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2014 here:

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

NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2014 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2014 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2014 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2014 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)

Hamburg Marathon 2014

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Thursday 8 May 2014 15:19

I booked my fourth completion of Hamburg Marathon this past Sunday. The weather was good for running, less good for photographing but luckily many spectators ignored the cold and grey conditions and showed up cheering in the streets, thus securing one of the trademarks of the Hamburg Marathon: the great atmosphere along the route!

Hamburg Marathon 2014 – by the harbour

See or relive Hamburg Marathon 2014 here:

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

Hamburg Marathon 2014 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Hamburg Marathon 2014 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon 2014

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Thursday 3 April 2014 15:06

For the first time in history an IAAF World Half Marathon Championship has been held as an event open to the general public and this happened this past Saturday in my home town Copenhagen, Denmark! This was, of course, an opportunity not to be missed and the day turned out to become one of the most memorable running feasts ever. The logistics and the efforts by the Danish Athletic Organization headed by Director Jakob Larsen were flawless, the weather was perfect (almost unreal for a late day in March in Denmark) and the atmosphere all over Copenhagen was electric.

The runners were sent off by the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and his Royal Excellecy Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark all to start and end at the square of the Danish Parlament, Christiansborg at the very heart of Copenhagen. Truly, this day was a fairy tale far beyond the imagination of even Hans Christian Andersen!

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 IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon 2014 here:

IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon 2014 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon 2014 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon 2014 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Tel Aviv Marathon 2014

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Monday 10 March 2014 16:01

I turned 25 – again !

This past Friday I completed the spectacular Tel Aviv Marathon in Israel.  The weather was beautifully sunny much in contrast to this past winter here in Denmark. See more on the race below.

My list of 25′s look like this:

25 27.08.2006 Landskrona (Sweden) Pictures
50 30.06.2007 Kristianopel (Sweden) Pictures
75 20.04.2008 Zürich (Switerzerland) Pictures
100 02.11.2008 Skovmaren (Denmark) Pictures
125 26.04.2009 London (England) Pictures
150 19.09.2009 Vänersborg (Sweden) Pictures
175 21.03.2010 Rome (Italy) Pictures
200 22.08.2010 Blokhus (Denmark) Pictures
225 24.07.2011 Skinnermarathon (Denmark) Pictures
250 20.05.2012 Copenhagen Marathon (Denmark) Pictures
275 28.02.2014 Tel Aviv Marathon (Israel) Pictures

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a very modern, “western” city with an impressive skyline and all the things you would expect of an international metropol. However, the “poor orient” is always just a few blocks away, and the israelean security context is an immanent shadow everywhere in the infrastructure including accesses to e.g. shopping centers.

If a single point of interest should be singled out, it must definately be the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the collection of paintings is simply breathtaking! Visiting this museum alone justifies a visit to Tel Aviv. Go there!

Jerusalem and The Dead Sea Experience

The Holy City Jerusalem is in the proximity of only an hours drive away from Tel Aviv. Visiting Jerusalem was a mindblowing experience, seeing the place where Jesus was crucified and the wailing Wall cannot be described in words. Also, taking the Dead Sea Experience is something only the body understands, however, the pictures might hint the fun.

Tel Aviv Marathon 2014

The Tel Aviv Marathon 2014 started at 06.30 in the morning on the 28th of Feb. and the day and the event turned out to be so classy with soothing views on the Mediterranean Sea and many key points in Tel Aviv. The course was not deprived of hills/”bumps” so it suited me well to merge with the half-marathon runners when hitting midtown going home from Old Jaffa. In conclusion, Tel Aviv Marathon is definately your time worth while as is Israel as a turist/traveller experience.

See or relive Tel Aviv Marathon 2014 here:

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

Tel Aviv Marathon 2014 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

מרתון תל אביב 2014 – תמונות על ידי טור Rønnow (עברית)

Outlook 2014

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Monday 30 December 2013 23:43

And a Happy New Year to you too !

I eagerly look forward to 2014 and to hopefully a much better running year than this past 2013, which turned out to be a bit of a nightmare for me personally. My left foot was in pain for most of the year, actually I have not been able to perform a proper “run stride” since August 2012 ! So I really beg for a miracle to happen to bring me back into the game, I miss the daily training and I miss to “try my best” at the marathons. Performing a sub-4 hour marathon again in 2014 would be a dream come true !


H.C. Andersen Marathon

There are a number of events that I look forward to in 2014. Obviously, participating in the World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen will be a unique experience. Shy of two months later I will celebrate my marathon 10-years anniversary in the annual NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon, as you know one of my favorite events. And in the autumn I hope to revisit Odense and the H.C. Andersen Marathon, the second-largest marathon in Denmark and a class act for sure !

You will find other classy races in my list for 2014, and only class events will appear on my list !  I sincerly hope that 2014 will be the year where people realize that quality is essential to, yes, everything, also running events. I think the current trend towards e.g. trail and natural running are proofs hereof . See you out there !

Firenze Marathon 2013

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Monday 9 December 2013 22:30

The City of Florence
As you might know, the author Dan Brown choose Florence as the main city in which to unfold his plot in the thriller “Inferno”.

The choice is probably not accidential when you consider the historical importance and reputation of Florence, not to mention the divene “sons” of the city, the renaissance artists like Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. So surely, having a marathon in this beautiful city is a must, and such has in fact existed now for 30 years ! Below you find my entire race report, however, let’s start with a few impressions of the city of Florence.

The Art in Florenze
The biggest attraction in Florence must be the incredible David statue by Michelangelo. You have to stand before this 4 meter high masterpiece in marble to understand why. It is simply beyond words, yes, beyond this world !  Add the fact that it was finished in the year 1504 B.C. and you’re left with one of the most incredible pieces of  art you will ever see.

A trip to Florence is justified alone by seeing David, but once there you’d obviously pay visits to the Duomo Church and to the Accademia and the Uffizi Galleries (amongst other attractions).

Firenze Marathon 2013
Ok, the race itself, Firenze Marathon was a very nice experience ! The route was extremely scenic, the event was well organized, and the weather turned out just perfect this late Sunday in November 2013.

In conclusion, it’s pretty easy to recommend a visit to both Florence and it’s marathon race. When I re-visit the marathon through my pictures here, I’m not one second in doubt: Firenze Marathon was my best this year 2013 !

See or relive Firenze Marathon 2013 here:

Firenze Marathon 2013 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

Firenze Marathon 2013 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

Firenze Marathon 2013 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)

BMW Berlin Marathon 2013

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Thursday 3 October 2013 21:49

For the second year in a row and the fourth time in toto I have had the priviledge and pleasure to participate in one of the biggest sport events on the planet, the majestic BMW Berlin Marathon.

Once again, we runners were blessed by a day with perfect weather for running, 5-15 degrees Celcius, no wind. The Kenyan Wilson Kipsang was not only the fastest of all but the fastest ever, thus booking a new world record: 2.03.23 ! What a feat – my biggest congratulations !

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

See or relive BMW Berlin Marathon 2013 here:

BMW Berlin Marathon 2013 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

BMW Berlin Marathon 2013 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

BMW Berlin Marathon 2013 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Norwegian Adventures !

Posted by Torr | Spirituality | Saturday 10 August 2013 16:52

Long before I started to run marathons, I was first – and always – a mountain hiker. Few things in the world can compete with the soothing solitude, the vast valeys and views, and the fresh air in the Norwegian mountains. This summer 2013 came to contain a pack of the best of my beloved second country.

Dalseter

As written in my July posts in 2009, 2010 and 2012, this hotel Dalster and its surroundings is a very, very special place for me. This year I managed to climb a few of the peaks nearby (Ruten and Sprengpiggen) and also tried something new, namely to ride on horse through these marvelous landscapes, to cut it short an absolutely fantastic and breathtaking experience ! Even this very day of writing I miss my white companion, Dari, of Åsli Ridecenter. Below you find a collection of the finest impressions from the Dalseter days 2013, click each picture to see in larger scale (opens in a new window/tab). In the horisonts you have the mountain chains Jotunheimen and Rondane, I have hiked a lot in these areas when I was younger. Pure love.

Jotunheimen and Besseggen

The perhaps most renowed hike in Norway is the airy climb over Besseggen, a quite demanding trip but still no harder that both kids and elderly can manage it within 8-10 hours.  You sure feel walking in the footprints of Peer Gynt and in companionship with the Norwegian “mountain” poets such as Aasmund Olavsson Vinje and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (Nobel Prize Laureate 1903). Toss in some tunes of Grieg and the norwegain experience is total ! The trip is often done by taking the ferry from the nice hut Gjendesheim and thereafter walking back from Memurubu.

The Old Strynefjell Mountain Road and Videseter

The next experience was mainly in the car. I know what you might think. However, I am talking about the trip from Gjendesheim to Videseter passing through on the Old Strynefjell Mountain Road and in very rough and remote landscapes.

Aurland, The Nærøy Fjord and Gudvangen

The danish writer Karen Blixen made the mysterious Nærøy Fjord known through her poetry. The fjord has in recent times been added to the list of UNESCO Heritage sites and the nature is indeed as breathtaking as the pictures you see. We took the car ferry boat from Flåm to Gudvangen – passing lovely Aurland [in proximity of the incredible Aurlandsdalen], probably the most scenic fjord trip in Norway, possibly the world. We were not too lukcy with the weather, though, however, we still enjoyed coffee at the Stalheim Hotel with the spectacular view onto the Gudvangen Valley.

Haukeliseter, Hardangervidda and the meaning of Life

The last part of the trip was spend at Haukeliseter on Hardangervidda, another of the larger norwegian mountain areas. The weather was phenomenal and we managed to climb yet another peak. I have hiked in the norwegian mountains since I was 4 and days and landscapes like these bring me back to the thoughts and feelings I have had since I was that little reflective kid in the vast Nature. The intuitive feeling of the shortness of a human life span. The recognition of Nature and Life itself being so much bigger, richer and outlasting than a single individual, a community, an era in the civilization, even a geological era. So what is a Life ? It is just the days passing by, the feelings you have, the stuff you do. A human life has no real extension or span after we die, and to have a real Legacy is first of all not LIFE and secondly entirely an artificial construct based on the willingness of the hereafter. Basically, we human individuals will be remembered through two or three generations – at best – and will most likely be entirely forgotten after just 20-30 years after we die. This may sound depressing but it leaves an important point for how to live our life: DO NOT CARE ! Do you feel this or that, do you do this or that, are you rich or poor, skinny or a fat ass, nobody really cares. The important thing is that YOU care.
Unfortunately, we live in times where the media and the Internet may seduce us to think that all kinds of crap is “important” and will have “lasting effects” and what not, however, this line of thinking and living is hysteric and completely out of proportions if you ask me. No, the mountions and the Nature teach and reconnects us to the profound wisdom of living: The important thing is that you just live and let the days pass by, hopefully in happyness and with your loved ones around you, doing stuff you like. It is that simple.

NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2013

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Friday 24 May 2013 16:12

I ran my first marathon in Copenhagen in May 2004 and this event have had a special place in my heart ever since.


NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2013 – Foto: Tor Rønnow

Thus, I was thrilled to take on my 9th challenge with the scenic route in the capital of Denmark this past Sunday. The event and the route did’nt fail me, however the weather turned out a bit on the wet side and my health issued unexpected “errors” making the day overall too much of a struggle and too little of that enjoyment that I normally associate with this favorite race of mine, NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon. In the larger perspective such days are unavoidable and my small personal issues can of course not alter the review of the event: TOP DOLLAR ! Yes, as always, my compliments to the hard working organizers and staff from Sparta making this classy event come true. You may see or relive NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2013 here:

NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2013 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)

NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2013 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)

NYKREDIT Copenhagen Marathon 2013 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)

Preceding the race I gave a very nice interview to Politiken on the love of running marathon, you may find a pdf version here: On the Love for Marathon Running – Tor Rønnow (Danish). In the article I stress the fact that running is for everyone no matter age nor constitution which agains links to another recent article from LØBEREN where I express my respect to all you people making an effort out there, be it 500 meters or 100 miles. Remember, 30 minutes of exercise each day will keep the doctor away ! (Or at least reduce the likelihood)

Update of the “in the press” section
I have updated my “in the press” section with various articles since mid 2011, the most notable ones being the very fine review on ELSK AT LØBE (now available in the stores and in the netshops again)…

ELSK AT LØBE - Tor Rønnow, Bente Klarlund Pedersen
ELSK AT LØBE – Tor Rønnow, Bente Klarlund Pedersen

.. and a fine interview in LøbeMagasinet, the leading magazine on running in Denmark : Tor Rønnow – Den passionerede løber. Other articles include interviews to Politken and other (national) newspapers and different spots on TV 2, one of the main television channels in Denmark. Enjoy the reading if you dare.

The experienced reader will understand that quite a few quotes and points of view stem from this source (me!) only to be copied or re-stated by others. I take that as a compliment, thank you ! We have had diffent topics up for discussion through the years, sometimes in quite fiercely ways. The experienced reader will know that I definitively keep a proven record to have an intuition that does not fail. Thus, I “brought up” the GPS-running watches in 2003 (before the first GARMIN Forerunner !) , running style in 2004 (long before the trend of Natural Running), compression socks in 2007 and well, a few other things. I believe I was also the first to continously to elaborate on the link between running and spirituality and mind power in the danish running spheres. Just so you know. So the next thing will be ? I’ll keep you posted !

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