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Six Star Finisher !

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Tuesday 7 June 2016 20:08

Name the six greatest marathons in the world ? Easy ! It is the six Abbott World Marathon Majors, namely the Berlin, London, Tokyo, New York, Chicago and Boston Marathons. Every marathoneer on the Globe wishes to run and participate in these six races and for good reason: these events are the pinnacle of the marathon tradition for the everyday, recreational runner and they set the standard which all other marathons must try to follow. These six events are the fix stars on the marathon sky – and in 6 great cities as well.

I ran my first Major in Berlin in September 2004 just four months after my marathon debut in Copenhagen. I was completely overwhelmed by the experience and immediately grew a strong appetite for more marathons and, especially, Majors. The next Major became London in April 2005 and by October 2007 I had become a “Five Star Finisher” completing Chicago Marathon as the last of the five. Only a handful of Danes had completed the five Majors at that time, and most of them had traveled together with the Marathon Travel Club, the danish Tour Organizer for these famous events.

In November 2012 the Tokyo Marathon was added to the Major family and for several years I passively “followed” more and more friends visiting the race. “Really ?”, I thought, “Tokyo ?”. Come on ! Well, I had the honor to participate myself this year and boy, does Tokyo Marathon deliver ? It is an event out of this world and for sure a worthy and proud addition. You must see the report ! Just wow !

Thus, I became a Six Star Finisher and I have both a Diploma (click to enlarge)…

… and a huge collective Six Star Finisher Medal to prove it ! By the time of writing 2084 persons are registered as Six Star Finishers, 41 of these are from Denmark.

I have also my original race Diplomas and my pictures and reports from these events, and I thought I would sum it up here to provide some inspiration on these wonderful and absolutely fantastic events. I cannot encourage you enough to undertake the quest for these six World Marathon Majors !

Abbott World Marathon Majors – Race Reports by Tor Rønnow

In this section you find links to my race reports from all my Majors (12 in toto at the date of writing). The reports are given in Danish, however, if you paste  in the URL into translate.google.com you can have them translated to any  language you like. Give it a try, the reports open in a new Window/pane. Below of this section I provide picture samples from each of the races including a very short introduction to each event. Click on a picture to see it in large size (opens in a new Window/pane).

Berlin 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013
London 2005, 2009, 2015
New York 2006, 2011
Boston 2007
Chicago 2007
Tokyo 2016

Berlin Marathon
Berlin was my first Major and I fell in love with it right at the starting field , 40.000 runners in one huge line-up at “Unter den Linden” in Berlin and with TV and helicopters sweeping the air with magic. There were cheering spectators at every meter along the race course and the spectacular finish running through the Brandenburger Tor was just incredible. Berlin Marathon: You will make history in a city of World History.

London Marathon
As a non-British it is very difficult to get into the London Marathon, thus I am a very, very happy man to have participated three times. The route is not very representative of London City but does include highlights such as the passing of the Tower Bridge and the spectacular finish at The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Personally, I find the last three miles and especially running by the Thames with Westminister Abbey and the Big Ben in the horisont to be the perhaps most intense miles of any marathon in the World.

New York City Marathon
Just to visit New York City is completely WOW, it is an amazing city with all the offerings you can wish for in one of the world’s biggest metropoles. So to run a marathon here and even through five boroughs, that is something quite extraordinary and memorable. I find the start at Staten Island crossing the Verrazano Bridge and the point just before arriving to Manhatten the first time to be THE gold moments on the route, however, hitting the crazy spectators on 1st Avenue and finishing off in Central Park are not bad stuff either. Go to New York and experience the biggest marathon in the World in the perhaps greatest city too. Oh, did I mention I ran in my Spiderman suit in 2011 ?

Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon is the oldest and possibly most prestigious marathon in the world. For North Americans this is THE only race on the planet: to qualify for Boston is the finest stamp you can get as a recreational runner. The route is a point-to-point thing and the 1 hour drive in the old,  yellow school buses to the start in Hopkinton is a fun way to steer up the race-day expectations. Once running you immediately feel the class of the entire field, there is a flow that you just don’t get elsewhere. The route takes you through various small towns to begin with, the screaming girls at Wellesley College, the Heartbreak Hill and finally the finish on Boylston St. in the city center.

Chicago Marathon
Chicago Marathon is flat, scenic and fun ! The city of Chicago has a lot to offer and the marathon itself is a classy event indeed. This is the race where I became a Five Star Finisher, it was a very special day not only because of that but also due to the fact that the race was partially suspended due to extremely high temperatures and several runners actually dying. Visit Chicago for this fine race and immerse yourself in the myths of Al Capone, Forrest Gump and Oprah Winfrey.

Tokyo Marathon
Tokyo Marathon is the perhaps most scenic of all the six Majors. It  is also the event that is most “unusual” in it’s context: being in Japan is a very unique experience on many levels and you surely do feel a bit “Lost in Translation” at times, but who cares, people are extremely friendly and there is so much to see in this gigantic metropole, yes, just walking the streets is an experience in itself, especially at iconic places like the Shinjuku Station and the Shibuya Crossing. It is a long and expensive ride to Tokyo, it is, however, worth every penny ! This is where I became  Six Start Finisher (February 2016) and I treasure this memory a lot.

That’s it. Go for the hunt of the Six World Marathon Majors !

ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Wednesday 1 June 2016 18:36

ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016

Saturday May 28th 2016 I had the pleasure to participate in the ING Luxembourg Marathon, a race I’ve had on my radar for many years. It turned out to be a great and fun event running the streets of Luxembourg by night time, and I was happy to increase my pace the last few kilometers and thus make a “strong” finish. This event added to my list of marathon countries as country no. 23.

See or relive ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016 here:

ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
INGルクセンブルクマラソン2016 – TorのRønnowの写真(日本)
ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
ING Luxembourg Marathon 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Thursday 26 May 2016 16:18

Marathon no. 300 !

Sunday May 22nd 2016 I managed to complete my marathon no. 300 at the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon. It was my 11th appearance in this event and it turned out to be a very memorable day indeed with a sweeping blue sky and thousands of cheerful spectators along the beautiful and diverse route though the different hoods of Copenhagen. The weather conditions in one word: HOT! Already at km 8 I sensed where the temperature was going, so I deliberately lowered the pace and focused on a nice, comfortable and secure ride to the finish line. Copenhagen Marathon is for sure of international standard – just as it’s sibling Copenhagen Half Marathon – and I recommend all marathon runners to put list race in their list. So see you in 2017 !

See or relive Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2016 here:

Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
テレノールコペンハーゲンマラソン2016 – TorのRønnowの写真(日本)
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Kalkmineløbet 2016 – Underground Marathon 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Saturday 7 May 2016 21:24

Thursday May 5th 2016 I completed the “Kalkmineløbet Marathon” (Limestone Mine / Underground Marathon) for the third time. This race is an “event”-marathon forcing the runners through two different limestone mines (!) to a total number of 8 times. This particular day May 5th 2016 turned out to be an extremely beautiful one with high blue sky, 20 degrees C and a great atmosphere amongst the runners and the many spectators. The event comprises distances ranging from a Childrens race to a “Batman Ultra (52 km)”, making it possible for all family members to participate in one way or the other. Indeed, Kalkmineløbet is a truly unique experience not to be missed !

Kalkmine Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow

Kalkmine Marathon 2016
The route for the marathon distance is a 10.6 km circuit which is run four times. The depart is from the Daugbjerg Mine and the runners are immediately tested on a steep and technically difficult climb in the beautiful forrest landscape of central Jutland. Later, the runners reach another and even more insane climb before entering the Mønsted Mine, the larger of the mines. Only at the end of the circuit the very low and tight Daugbjerg Lime is encountered. I think most hobby runners consider this marathon route to be amongst the toughest around, but it is, for sure, worth every step of pain and hard-won meters.

See or relive Kalkmine Marathon 2016 here:

Kalkmine Marathon 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Kalkmine Marathon 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Kalkmine Marathon 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
石灰石鉱山マラソン2016 – TorのRønnowの写真(日本)
Kalkmine Marathon 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Kalkmine Marathon 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Kalkmine Marathon 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Kalkmine Marathon 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Kalkmine Marathon 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016

Posted by Torr | Marathon | Sunday 1 May 2016 12:43

Sunday April 24th 2016 I completed the METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon for the second time (first in 2013). The weather was quite cold with some gusting winds and all kinds of thinkable precipitation, however, the sun also appeared somewhat often. Thus the pictures turned out just great, actually, and I hope it is clear to everyone that Düsseldorf Marathon is high quality stuff ! The route is very flat and takes you through the major sites in the artful city of Düsseldorf. I will for sure visit this race again.

METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016 - Tor Rønnow

METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016
The route includes stretches on both sides of the great Rhein river and with several beautiful sights at the Rheinturm.

See or relive METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016 here:

METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
METRO GROUPマラソンデュッセルドルフ2016 – TorのRønnowの写真(日本)
METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
METRO GROUP Düsseldorf Marathon 2016 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

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)

Maratona・ディ・ローマ2016(写真集:TorのRønnow)

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)

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