Wroclaw Marathon: 13 September 2009
The 27th edition of the biggest Polish marathon offered an excellent 1 flat lap starting (9am) and finishing at the Olympic Stadium of the wonderful capital of Silesia, which took the 1.847 mainly local field through large leafy boulevards and the breathtaking historic city centre, including the amazing main square.
Temperature was ideal, 17C, a bit cloudy but sunny at noon, and pockets of bystanders including a few bands or sporting fans were at almost every crossroad.
There were just 3 flyovers to climb and a few cracked cobblestoned streets but nevertheless the scenery was great when crossing Odra. In fact, there are over 100 bridges in the city, over the sneaky river and its canals creating many islands.
Wroclaw, formed by a Czech Duke in X century, boosts a University founded in 1702 and 8 Nobel price winners. Lots to do, with the Wine festival and men EuroBasketball in town.
The organisers offered good value for 20 EUR, including a pre-event pasta party and a local soup afterwards, plus local beer "Piast" in a very generous goody bag.
As a nice surprise, in the tent "village" with running products had his own stand Jerzy Skarzynski, author of books in Polish about his running experience, including a PB 02:11:42 marathon time, achieved at the age of 30, two years after his half-marathon PB.
The race was won by Julius Kilimo of Kenya, in 02:16:59, followed by Cheserek, a fellow kenyan, and ukrainian Salo. Another ukrainian, Shelest, won among women in 02:57:18.
Report by Mihai Comsulea
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