Magellan Marathon 2020

Below my race report from the Megellan Marathon 2020, Chile, the fourth and last race in the Southern Hemisphere Challenge 2020 series. The report features the race as well as various tourist impressions, including the breathtaking cementary in Punta Arenas and many pictures from a expedition to Patagonia and the majestic National Park q4Torres del Paine.

Punta Arenas
The main experience in Punta Arenas is of course overlooking the Magellan Stait and this cannot be done better than from my hotel the last night in town, Hotel Dreams del Estrecho, from the 8th floor to be very specific. Ok, well worth a visit is also the ship museum sporting full-scale replicas of Magellans ship Noa Victoria and Darwins ship HMS Beagle. Lastly, the Sara Braun Cementary of Punta Arenas is quite magical and a visual treat with the round-cut hedges, the cementary has actually been ranked by CNN as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world.

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Magellan  Marathon 2020

Patagonia and Torres del Paine
Monday, just after the Magellan Marathon 2020 Sunday, I joined an excursion to Patagonia and the 8th modern wonder of the world, Torres del Paine and this was an absolutely breathtaking. The trip also sported a visit to the cave of the extinct Milodón and a short wait at the beautiful lake at Puerto Natales. The race report features many stunning fotos from this very long day in Patagonia.

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Magellan  Marathon 2020

Magellan Marathon 2020
The Magellan Marathon 2020 in Punta Arenas, Chile, was the fourth and last of the four races in the Southern Hemisphere Challenge 2020. We started Sunday Jan. 19th at 09.00 AM and the route took us 8 times up and down the costline from just outsite our hotel. It was a beautiful sunny day but with extreme headwinds going “back”, so we ran de facto 21.1 km directly into something like 14-15 m/s of wind and sand and stuff blowing around. However, I think we were all kind of high actually finishing up the Southern Hemisphere Challenge 2020 series so the mood and fighting spirit was great!

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Magellan  Marathon 2020

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KGI Marathon 2020

Antarctica!
Below my race report from the KGI Marathon 2020, King Georges Island, Antarctica, the third race of four in the Southern Hemisphere Challenge 2020 series. The race became my first marathon on Antarctica, thus collecting continent no. 6 in the process. It goes without saying that the Antarctica experience was just completely out of this world, which I trust you will also infer from the many pictures in the race report. It is certainly not every day your race course is being crossed by a bunch of penguins!!

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KGI  Marathon 2020

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Capital City Marathon 2020

Below my race report from the Capital City Marathon 2020, Argentina, the second race of four in the Southern Hemisphere Challenge 2020 series. In addition, the report features my arrival in Argentina and various tourist impressions from the argentinian capital Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires
My dearest memory from the experiences and landmarks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is first and foremost the vistit to the grave of the renowed danish chessplayer GM Bent Larsen. And likewise was the visit to the Recoleta Cementary featuring the grave of Eva Peron (EVITA) a special thing. Buenos Aires is just an extremely big city and I probably only saw a few of the many landmarks on the bucket list there, but there are for sure some nice shots amongst my pictures as you can see in the race report below, including the Plaza de Mayo, the EVITA-building and the Parlament.

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Capital City  Marathon 2020

Capital City Marathon 2020
As you can read more detailed in the race report itself, the Capital City Marathon 2020 in Buenos Aires was the second of four races in the Southern Hemisphere Challenge 2020 and it was, moreover, the second marathon within the time span of less than 24 hours (cf. the Colonia Cost Marathon 2020 race report). In other words: we had a quite tough job in front of us when the race started out at 5 AM Wednesday morning in the argentinian capital. Add to this: heavy rain and an unparalleled thunderstorm lasting for 5 hours!

The race itself was actually pretty easy: completely flat, drink station at every mile and the group was in good spirit. The race report covers it all.

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Capital City  Marathon 2020

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Colonia Cost Marathon 2020

Below my race report from the Colonia Cost Marathon 2020, Uruguay, the first race of four in the Southern Hemisphere Challenge 2020 series. The race became my first marathon in South America, thus earning continent no. 5 and country no. 51. It was a busy day with travel from and back to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and with shifting weather during the race, ie. starting out with rain and thunder and ending up with lovely sunshine and very warm conditions indeed. Colonia del Sacremento seems to be a quite and soothing place for sure and it was a real treat to run by the waters of the Rio de la Plata.

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Colonia Cost  Marathon 2020

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Havana Marathon 2019

Sunday November 10th 2019 I completed the Havana – La Habana – Marathon 2019 in Cuba. Find below my full race coverage plus many tourist impressions from Havana and a day trip to the famous Bay of Pigs.

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Havana, Old Havana, crocodiles and the Bay of Pigs
Havana and Old Havana is a strange mix of beauty, poverty, old American cars and many historic landmarks within walking distance. Havana is – especially by night – an extremely scenic city but the sparkling colours go hand in hand with the very, very poor and suppressed cubanes, all in all leaving a somewhat bad and sad flavour to the experience. I’m not sure I would like to revisit, but I am glad I have.

Out of Havana I had the pleasure to visit the Bay of Pigs and a crocodile farm en route, the trip was directly out from my hotel and it was fun to drive in one of those old, beautiful american cars.

Havana Marathon 2019
Havana Marathon ( La Habana – Marabana – Maracuba Marathon event) turned out to be a surprisingly well-arranged event: nice, scenic route (by the Malecón), friendly helpers, lots of water and juice, effective traffic control. In toto: no issues what so ever!

Well, the weather was a kind of it’s own, first heavy rain showers, then on the second leg of the marathon very warm and humid conditions. However, I guess was still better that possible temperatures above 30 degrees Centigrade.

As you can infer from the pictures in the race report the km’s by the Sea at the Malecón are out of this world breathtaking! For this main reason I’d suggest you to consider this race.

Havana Marathon 2019

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Jersey Marathon 2019

Below my race report from the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon 2019, which turned out to be a very well organized marathon around this tiny country of Jersey, one of the British canal islands (near the cost of France, actually). You will find my impressions of the event and a few tourist snaps in the report, but let me give my recommondations for the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon right away!

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Jersey Marathon 2019

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Berlin Marathon 2019

Below my race report from my 6th Berlin Marathon. This event was my second World Marathon Major this year (London in May) and my overall 16th apperance at a World Marathon Major. And yes, I am a 6 Star holder.

The day turned out to be quite wet as the rain started pouring early in the race and the atmosphere in Berlin was hence a bit off it’s usual enthusiasm both among the runners and the spectators. But I guess it’s always a special thing when you run through the Brandenburger Tor.

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Berlin Marathon 2019

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Petra Desert Marathon 2019

Saturday September 7th 2019 I completed the awesome Petra Desert Marathon 2019 in Jordan. Find below my full race coverage plus a few tourist impressions from this adventure organized by Albratos Travels.

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Petra and the Dead Sea
So, I was on the “deluxe” tour including a day (actually, only half a day due to my own poor research) at the Dead Sea on the Jordan side. There is something magical to be at the lowest point of the surface of the planet and to float around in that soo salty water!

And Petra ? Oh, man! It is difficult to find the words here, I’d rather have the pictures speak for themselves. I can only say that I feel very privileged to have experienced Petra and to furthermore have it in physical context of a marathon, that is pretty mindblowing. More about that below.

Petra Desert Marathon 2019
Petra Desert Marathon 2019 was a very well organized event featuring a half marathon and a full marathon. The route for the marathon was VERY HILLY and was comprised by a desert loop (the absolutely best and most funny part of the race), an out-back loop on road (nice, scenic at places, dead tough in the end) and the just-last 11 kilometers including the mountain climb that also the half marathoneers had to conquer. My Garmin said +1100 heightmeters up, +1000 heightmeters down and with temperatures reaching 27 C in the shadows – which we did NOT have the luxery of – and the highest altitude approx. 1400 meters above sea level, I was very happy to finish in 5.56. In conclusion, Petra Desert Marathon was an experience for a lifetime! If you’re a runner: get this in!

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FINISH Wizzair Petra Desert Marathon 2019

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Albatros Event Video recap
Though I will be happy for your interest in my race report above, I will also draw your attention to the official video from Albatros Travel. You’ll even find me in there for some 10 elusive seconds (at about 2.50 and onwards).

White Nights Marathon 2019

Sunday June 30th 2019 I completed the White Nights Marathon 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Find below my full race coverage plus quite a few tourist impressions from the amazing and incredibly beautiful city of St. Petersburg.

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Saint Petersburg City and the Winter Palace
Saint Petersburg may well be the most surprising, beautiful and captivating big city I ever visited. It sports incredible attractions like the Winter Palace (including The State Hermitage Museum and The General Staff Building) , stunning churches like the Savior on the Spilled Blood and The Museum Complex The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt and landmarks like the Nevsky Prospekt, the Neva Embankments and lots and lots more. Just walking around amongst the beautiful buildings of St. Petersburg is an amazing experience and really, life in Russia seems to be quite the same as in the rest of Europe.

Kazan CathedralWinter Palace Square
Peacock ClockMain Entrance Winter Palace
Henri Matisse

White Nights Marathon 2019
White Nights Marathon 2019 was a very well organized event featuring the full marathon distance plus a 10K event as well. The route for the marathon was quite flat (take away a few easy bridges) and was very representative of the city and it’s many landmarks and attractions, most notably the start and finish at the square of the Winter Palace! I’d say without hesitation that this event is one of the best and most important ones of all my marathons and I give it the very, very best of my recommendations. Just allow much more time in St. Petersburg than the sparse 54 hours I had in toto.

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 White Nights Marathon 2019

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London Marathon 2019

Sunday April 28th 2019 I completed the fabulous Virgin Money London Marathon.
Find below my full race coverage plus a few tourist impressions from the beautiful city of London.

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London City
I had only Saturday to make a few tourist impressions, but this was ok as I have been many times in London previously. Of course I needed to visit Covent Garden and the flagship store of Paul Smith and that was pretty much it, well, Picadilly Cirkus, Regent Street, Oxford Street and New Bond Street and Old Bond Street also came in handy. London is simply a very nice methropole to visit.

Virgin Money London Marathon 2019
Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the six World Marathon Majors and as such one of the most prestigeous and famous marathons in the world. This year was actually my fourth show at this event but this year still very special as I ran the whole race together with my wife-to-be, Maria. And you will find more interesting details in the race report about that too. So about the race itself: just awesome! So many people out there in the streets supporting and cheering and the finish at The Mall is incredible each time!

Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 - Tor Rønnow

Virgin London Marathon – selected pictures

Virgin London Marathon by the Miles

Mile 8 - Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 - Tor Rønnow

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