As always the weather is difficult to
control when you organize a marathon. Last year (2002) at the Eurocity marathon in
Frankfurt the weather was really bad and I had to carry lead and a life jacket, so I
wouldn't get blown into the river Main by the hurricane that crossed Europe. This year it
was cold, but fortunatly the rain had stopped in just time. The road was wet and at some
points slippery but near the end a shy sun was on our hand.
Apart from me, Dorien, Erik, Evelien, Germain, Fréderic,
Elwin, Martijn and Jan from the Amsterdam Friday Night Skate
participated as well. This marathon is very well organized. Runners, wheelers and inline
skaters can all enjoy a very good marathon. On Saturday you have to collect your number at
Messe Frankfurt. If you are in need of some new gear, you'll have plenty of opportunity to
empty your purse at the stands selling everything from power drinks, running shoes to
We skipped the big Pasta Party, because Markus and Uta from
the Tuesday Night Skate Frankfurt had
organized a private pasta party in an Italian restaurant. About a dozen DUSFOR skaters from Düsseldorf also
joined the group of 40. A very relaxed way to prepare for the race.
The marathon was not easy due to the slippery corners, but
still very nice. Even the fastest skaters took 1:17 to finish. I kept low profile, because
this was my first race this year (shame on me) although, I did some workout in Barcelona
two weeks earlier. I finished in 1:30 netto.
"Our" Dorien from Amsterdam finished 2nd!
Congratulations! Erik 9th. Also Elwin managed to stay within the first 20. After the race
the ceremony took place in the big hall in front of a massive crowd.
Enjoy the pictures below :-)
Thank you TNS, cu next time,