Bahrain Marathon 2018

Friday March 2nd 2018 I completed the Bahrain Marathon. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from Bahrain and it’s capital Manama.

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Manama
Manama includes the Souk and a few landmarks, of perhaps greatest interest the Manama Fort, which is on the UNESCO Heritage List. Worth to mention is also the Grand Mosque – indeed a very impressive building and featuring free guided tours explaining about the rituals of Islam. I learned a lot! To be recommended is also the Bahrain National Museum and nearby National Theatre.

The city also sports a few shopping malls and some very scenic views across the Persian Gulf. People are friendly and it is completely safe to walk around all times of the day. The climate in March is very accomodating with about 19-20 degrees C night and day.

Bahrain Marathon 2018
The Bahrain Marathon started together with the marathon relay on the Bahrain International Curcuit, ie. the Formula One track!

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Bahrain Marathon 2018 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Bahrain Marathon 2018 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
巴林馬拉松2018 – TorRønnow的圖片(中文)
バーレーンマラソン2018 – TorRønnowの写真(日本語)
Bahrain Marathon 2018 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Bahrain Marathon 2018 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Bahrain Marathon 2018 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Bahrain Marathon 2018 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Bahrain Marathon 2018 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017

Saturday November 25th 2017 I completed the Halong Bay Heritage Marathon in Vietnam. Find below my full race coverage plus many tourist impressions from Hanoi and the Halong Bay.
You may well grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, this race report will take you some time to get through. The report links open in many languages.

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Hanoi City
Hanoi City includes the busy Old Town with it’s multitude of shops, bars and street food places. Everything is within 5-10 minutes of walking distance and the atmosphere is kind of electric both day and night. At first, you may be alarmed by the chaotic traffic but quickly you just get to love it. During our short stay, we managed to visit a few of the landmarks in Hanoi, it’s all in the report.

Halong Bay
The 4-day Tour Package from the Halong Bay Heritage Marathon sported a 1-day cruise on the Halong Bay itself. This was a nice diversion and we got to know the other runners on the ship a bit more, discuss the race experience and so on, besides from enjoying the beautiful views of the bay. Absolutely a cool stunt in the programme!

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Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017
The Halong Bay Heritage Marathon started 06.00 hours and took the runners out-and-back on a 21.1 km loop with great sights to the bay at times, but also with some minor funny parts burdened by traffic also. The organization of the race and the service both before and after the race was of high quality, so I guess the exam is passed overall (though I would have some improvement points to the Race Director for future races). Writing this back home and evaluating the total trip to Vietnam, I have to say: this was the total race experience of the year and it will stay with me  for a long, long time. Thank you!

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Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017 – TorRønnow的照片(中文)
Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017 – TorRønnowの写真(日本語)
Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Ljubljana Marathon 2017

Sunday October 29th 2017 I completed the Ljubljana Marathon. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from the Slovenian capital.

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Ljubljana City
Ljubljana City includes the picturesque Old Town cast alongside the Ljubljanica River. Everything is within 5-10 minutes of walking distance and the atmosphere is very calm both at day and night time. The city sports a few nice tourist landmarks including the pink church, the dragon bridge and, of course, the castle. Restaurants are cheap and the food is good, so is the local draft beer. Thus, it is difficult not to like this little, tiny capital of Slovenia.

Ljubljana Marathon 2017
The Ljubljana Marathon started together with the half marathon at 10.30 at the foot of Hotel Cubo. The route was quite easy and covering the “suburbs” of Ljubljana, and with a scenic and pleasant finish in the city centre. The overall organisation was great and I have no difficulties in giving this event my best recomondation.

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Ljubljana Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Ljubljana Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Ljubljana Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
Ljubljana Marathon 2017 – TorRønnow的照片(中文)
リュブリャナ・マラソン2017 – TorRønnowの写真(日本語)
Ljubljana Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Ljubljana Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Ljubljana Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Ljubljana Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Ljubljana Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2017

Sunday October 8th 2017 I completed the Chicago Marathon for a second time and my marathon no. 325 in total.
Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from the marvel of the U.S. State of Illinois, the magnificent and majestic Chicago.

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Chicago City
Chicago City is just an amazing, friendly and beautiful metropole to visit and with a whole lot to look in to as a tourist. Thus, we found time during our short trip to visit the Shedd Aquarium, the Willis Tower and the Museum of Modern Art and a few other quite spectacular things as you may see in the race report below; a few highlights can be glimpsed in these pictures, though.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2017
The Chicago Marathon 2017 was an entirely awesome experience on a lovely Sunday with sunshine and quite high temperatures, heaps of spectators in the streets and an electrical atmosphere throughout the field, crowd and day. The event had approx. 43.000 runners out there and I personally consider it to me amongst my top 3 running experiences ever. You will understand when browsing the race report!

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Chicago Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Chicago Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
Chicago Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
芝加哥馬拉松2017 – 圖片TorRønnow(中文)
シカゴマラソン2017 – TorRønnowの写真(日本語)
Chicago Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Chicago Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Chicago Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Chicago Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Chicago Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

BMW Berlin Marathon 2017

Sunday September 24th 2017 I ran the BMW Berlin Marathon in Germany for a 5th time. Find below my full race coverage.

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BMW Berlin Marathon 2017
The Berlin Marathon is one of the six Marathon Majors and thus on of the largest and most prestigous marathon on the globe. It started at 09.15 AM and with a superb elite field on both the male and female side and the event was – as always in Berlin – supported by hundreds of thousands of spectators in the streets along the entire course in the german capital. Too bad the weather was quite a bit off. However, the race was superbly organized and obviously a marathon to revisit.

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Berlin Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Berlin Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Berlin Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
柏林馬拉松2017 – 圖片TorRønnow(中文)
ベルリンマラソン2017 – TorRønnowの写真(日本語)
Berlin Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Berlin Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Berlin Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Berlin Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Berlin Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017

Sunday September 17th 2017 I completed the Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017. Find below my full race coverage plus pictures from the official press conference with the elite runners.

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EXPO and Elite Runner Press Conference
Below some pictures from the EXPO and the press conference, full story in the race report. It was a priviledge to meet the african and danish elite runners, congratulations to all on some very remarkable achievements!

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017
Again, you must open the race report, the pictures simply rule. Should you care to read my comments, though, you find the report in 10 different languages. Tune in on some very extraordinary running pictures for sure.

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Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
哥本哈根半程馬拉松2017 – 圖片由TorRønnow(中文)
コペンハーゲンハーフマラソン2017 – 写真はTorRønnow(日本語)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Tallinn Marathon 2017

Sunday September 10th 2017 I completed the Tallinn Marathon. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions from the Estonian capital.

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Tallinn City
Tallinn City includes the picturesque Old Town – which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list – and a number of landmarks bound for tourists such as the Toompea Hill which amongst other things features the spot where the danish flag Dannebrog fell down from heaven in year 1219. As a dane, this landmark was mandatory, of course.

Tallinn Marathon 2017
The Tallinn Marathon started at 09.00 in the city centre and featured a route that folded back onto itself quite a few times. A few landmarks were passed but the course did not cover land in the Old Town of Tallinn, which I consider to be very sad. The race was very well organized but you should not attend this event due to the sights during the run, but perhaps considering the entire bucket of offers in the beautiful city of Tallinn.

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Tallinn Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Tallinn Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Tallinn Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
塔林馬拉松2017 – 圖片TorRønnow(中文)
タリンマラソン2017 – TorRønnowの写真(日本語)
Tallinn Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Tallinn Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Tallinn Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Tallinn Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Tallinn Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)

Helsingborg Marathon 2017

Saturday September 2nd 2017 I ran the Helsingborg Marathon in Sweden. Find below my full race coverage plus some impressions from the DHL-relay in Copenhagen this past Wednesday also.

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Helsingborg Marathon 2017
The Helsingborg Marathon started at 10.00 AM in the morning and in great weather too. The race course covered a tiny but important part of the city center, cf. the photo above, and headed southwards for about 7 km. The route then folded back towards Helsingborg and beyond and passed a number of landmarks in the area including the famous Sofiero Castle before concluding the race at the brink of Oeresund in a spectacular manner.

The race was superbly organized and for sure a marathon to revisit. Thus, I will give it my very best recommendation.

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Helsingborg Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Helsingborg Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)
Helsingborg Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Helsingborg Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
赫爾辛堡馬拉松2017 – 圖片TorRønnow(中文)
ヘルシンボロマラソン2017 – TorRønnowの写真(日本語)
Helsingborg Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Helsingborg Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Helsingborg Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Helsingborg Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)

Edinburgh Marathon 2017

Sunday May 28th 2017 I ran the Edinburgh Marathon. Find below my full race coverage plus some tourist impressions.

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Edinburgh City
Edinburgh City is all about one thing: Edinburgh Castle! The famous castle that owns the skyline, owns the tourists, owns the TV-broadcasts of it’s renowned Military Tattoo.
Surely, you have the Royal Mile, the Scott Monument as well and a few other spots but I’d say that you can forget Edinburgh as an attractive travel destination if you don’t fare off to the highlands of Scotland or gets yourself intensely drunk at a whiskey distillery somewhere. Both of which this marathon tour did not feature. But the castle is worth a visit, obviously.

Edinburgh Marathon 2017
The Edinburgh Marathon started at 10.00 AM in the morning, the half at 08.00 AM (rather unusually). The race course covered none of the city center and had no ties to the castle; these circumstances were among a number of issues I have with this race as you may read in the report in the links below. The marathon did, however, also sport a few good spots and experiences including Portobello Beach and the nice views over the Firth of Forth. I’ll remember this trip firstly as my first visit to Scotland, secondly for the Edinburgh Castle and thirdly and most importantly for the company of my danish friends Vagn Kirkelund and Bent Brian Andreasen and my “new friends” of the italian group from “Travel Marathon” that were really friendly; nice to meet all of you guys !

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Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – billeder/fotos af Tor Rønnow (Danish)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – bilder von Tor Rønnow (Deutsch)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – pictures by Tor Rønnow (English)
愛丁堡馬拉松2017 – 托爾Rønnow的圖片/照片(中國)
エジンバラマラソン2017 – TorのRønnowの映像/写真(日本)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – photos de Tor Rønnow (Français)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – foto di Tor Rønnow (Italiano)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – fotos del Tor Rønnow (Español)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – beelden van Tor Rønnow (Nederlandse)
Edinburgh Marathon 2017 – bilder av Tor Rønnow (Svenska)