Picture
What long distance runner wouldn't want to run a marathon in Rome, Italy? I couldn't imagine a much more interesting or scenic place to run a marathon. I dreamt about it for a year in my sleep and on my long runs, from the time I signed up! But after running the Rome Marathon on March 17, 2013, I think it's got a ways to being considered an undeniably awesome marathon experience.

Before I get into some of the gory details, I have quite a few reasons why the Rome Marathon (Maratona di Roma) IS a marathon to put on your bucket list.


Rome Marathon 2013: The Good

1. The communication: This year's race was to be held under highly unique circumstances - the changing of the Pope. Religious ceremonies in Rome could interfere with the course and start time - pushing it possibly as late as 4pm on race day. The race organizers updated its marathon running community at least once daily, whether news from the Vatican was available or not. They also confirmed the race date as soon as possible. I can't say how much that was appreciated considering my family's travel schedule. In the end, the race went off at 9:30 with a relatively minor course adjustment - not bad at all. My sanity stayed intact all along thanks to the extensive communication. Thank you for that Rome Marathon organizers!

2. The aid stations: Holy cow, the Rome Marathon organizers set a high bar here. Every marathon should follow their lead. The frequency and quality of the aid stations was like none other I'd experienced in any race before. The first few started with water, later to be followed by water with "salts" (gatorade) and "solids" (sliced oranges, bananas, apples and biscuits). Seriously every aid station after the first few miles had that wonderful plethora of food and beverage. In between those stations, you had sponge stations. By the end of the race I was so highly fueled and hydrated that I ran negative splits and my last .2 at a 6:30 pace. I should note I wasn't running this race for anything close to PR - purely a get-back-to-marathoning-after-having-a-baby goal - but still!

3. The starting line, Tiber and last 6 miles of scenery: Wow. That's all I can say. You're running next to the freaking Colloseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Tiber River, etc. etc. It an awesome place to experience - even cooler to finish the race to the sounds of "Gladiator" music tracks while viewing the Colloseum directly ahead of you. 

Rome Marathon 2013: The Bad

1. The sheer lack of spectators and entertainment: Really, Rome? There's no one in your amazing city that is kind enough or interested enough to cheer on thousands of people who spent hours, days, weeks and months of their lives training to run a marathon? I've never seen such an empty finish line. If not for the music playing over loud speakers it would have been silent! Now, there were quite a few spectators at the start, along the river and at some points around the major tourist sites, which was so greatly appreciated, but overall Rome has to do a much better job of a) supporting its runners or b) adding a lot more entertainment to the course. Organizers, if you read this: Thank you for the two DJs out in the boonies, but please add more!! Many runners need people and/or music to help them along. I personally spend enough time in isolation during training - I look forward to the energy of the crowd to cheer me along, and I didn't get that here for the most part. P.S. Most people who did make the effort to clap or cheer me on (calling out my name on my bib) were American or English tourists, and one Italian marathon volunteer. Do the Romans just not like this marathon or something?

2. The sexism: Yep, I said it. I am no boat-rocker here, but I felt like a second class citizen being part of the 15% female Rome marathon running community. This race has so few women it's no wonder it felt divided to me. But several things happened that made me feel almost uncomfortable running it:
  • Some male runners were aggressive: One grabbed my waist and pushed me aside at the start to get around me. Another trampled a woman at the start - she fell to the ground in the first 100 yards. People, it's a marathon. Where the hell are you sprinting off to that you have to push or stampede people in your path? I hope those all those pushy men cramped up by mile 10.
  • Some male runners were blatant assholes: Waiting in a portapotty line - in two different places - I was cut off by men who didn't seem to care one bit that I was there - and I made it clear I was in line! I tried stepping back in front of them and they just brought more of their buddies in to cut me off. There was no respect shown, and I only wish I had the ability to zap people with my eyes. 
  • The marathon organizers separate male and female bib numbers. So there's a bib #601 (some guy) and then there was mine - bib #F601. Race day bag dropoff/pickup and expo day bib pickup was also separated by gender. I felt this was odd, maybe because of the way I was treated by one of the volunteers during bib pickup in particular. This guy directing people snapped at me to get away from the 601 bib pickup booth and shoed me to the back - apparently I had to go to the far end of the room to find the same numbers for females, which was entirely unclear (my confirmation sheet said nothing about an F before my number - as you can see in my last Maratona di Roma post), and it was impossible to see the women's booth because it was buried in the back. I didn't figure it out right away, so I returned to the first booth to talk to the guy... This time he actually stepped toward me, puffed up his chest and blocked me (do I look intimidating?), and snapped in English "MEN" (points to first booth)" FEMALES" (points to back of room). Thanks, dude. I got it. Step off.

3. Bib pickup: First of all, the bib pickup location is miles from any place I'd want to visit in Rome; it's not near the marathon start or any central tourist destinations. Second, the marathon organizers squeeze bib pickup into a room in a basement which can only hold so many people. So, a long, winding line forms outside this building in the nice, hot sun that you'll endure anywhere from 20-40 minutes if you go the day before the race. This is not what I'd call ideal. I didn't even go to the expo because I ended up being an hour late meeting my family for lunch thanks to these unexpected delays - of course I don't have an international cell phone so I couldn't tell them where I was and I ended up spending more time walking to and from the place I was supposed to meet them - they'd left by the time I arrived. The whole thing was annoying and tiresome. Did I mention I couldn't even bring my husband and daughter into bib pickup with me because of the lack of space down there - maybe if I'd had I wouldn't have had to deal with Brutus the Enforcer of Bib Pickup.

Wrapping up this rant, I don't mean to come off as one-sided (negative). I ran the race for pleasure and Rome is an exhilarating place to run a marathon. If you're a marathoner who enjoys running in unique and interesting spots, you have to run Rome at least once in your life. For me, my days of running in Rome may be over for good. As much as I loved the scenery, fuel stations and great feats of the race organizers to get this race off and running with barely a hiccup, I was very disappointed by the lack of spectators, lack of entertainment and sheer disrespect I seemed to run into repeatedly during this whole experience. Maybe I'd reconsider if my husband ran it with me one day... him and a posse of women.


 


Comments

04/08/2014 10:11

hello!,I love your writing so a lot! percentage we keep up a correspondence more about your post on AOL? I need an expert in this area to unravel my problem. May be that's you! Taking a look forward to look you.

Reply
Tarina
04/23/2014 00:31

Hi hi....thanks for your lovely blog! I am registering for Rome Marathon2015. Can you kindly advise me if it is possible to just sign up for the run without having to go through some run plus tour packages? It is pretty easy to get around to collect the bib and all?

Thanks!

Reply
05/10/2014 04:38

Payoneer enables easy & safe global payments, using prepaid Mastercard®, as well as money transfer services worldwide. Payoneer is your World Pay Partner.

Reply
08/09/2014 03:10

This is very much great and hope fully nice blog. 

Reply
michael
04/01/2015 00:21

hi,

i ran the same race and many other marathons. i feel all of your negative points weren't everyones experiences on the weekend. Bad point number 1: it was quiet to begin with (like all other marathons as it is an early start) but got going in the last third when you need it most.
Bad point 2: Some marathon runners whether they are aiming for sub 3,4 or 5 hours are just competitive and i've been manhandled many times (as a male) and seen many fall over and be walked on. Its not an excuse for the behaviour but people have trained for minimum 3 months usually and want to just get going and some are just rude and not necessarily sexist.
bad point number 3: i thought it ran smoothly downstairs. it took be less than 5 minutes. As with any organisation if a thousand people show up at once ( you can't really plan for that), you hire enough staff to cover the average - as with any other marathon. some people unfortunately arrive at the wrong time

it was a well organised race with the best route i've ever ran for a marathon with interesting sites, good support and a great medal

Just my two cents
Michael

Reply

Teachers should use charts, maps and graphs to teach subjects like social studies, history and geography. They should conduct experiments for the scientific subjects to clear the concepts of the students. They should adopt every possible method to make teaching process effective.

Reply
09/09/2015 02:08

Rome is the place of dreams of millions of youngsters and children too. Children more specifically wanted to spend their holiday or vacations as it is just like their childhood love. So people who don’t know about traveling schedule wander to plan about such place.

Reply
09/09/2015 08:20

i would love to be the only male running in a female marathon :)

Reply
01/11/2016 02:30

Really impressive post. I read it whole and going to share it with my social circules. I enjoyed your article and planning to rewrite it on my own blog.

Reply
03/18/2016 13:11

Loved to read your blog. I would like to suggest you that traffic show most people read blogs on Mondays. So it should encourage blogger to write new write ups over the weekend primarily

Reply
03/30/2016 12:07

In the past some years there was the concerts in which the marathon was also introduced in the region of the Punjab. Now in the recent years there are not these types of the activities. These types of activities are giving the sense of the excitement in the youth as well in the kids.

Reply
05/14/2016 23:58

Learn guitar music and also buy best quality guitar collection pedals for music instruments by visiting my site.

Reply
05/18/2016 05:58

It's fantastic you have upgrade it.thank you.I discovered this is an insightful as well as interesting article.

Reply
09/07/2016 00:21

Roma Tomatoes are an assortment of the tomato that are less succulent and weighed down with a gentle flavor that is dissimilar to the tart one that different tomatoes have. Roma tomatoes are accordingly appropriate for making glues, ketchup, sauces, furthermore for safeguarding of different nourishments. This ascribe has prompted the Roma tomato being alluded to as the glue tomato.If you would like to know about traveling visit us at www.atlantis-bali-diving.com.

Reply
09/27/2016 05:48

One of the world's most notable and intriguing urban areas, Rome is well known for its rich legacy and vital structures. Numerous sublime landmarks and genuinely antiquated remains live in Rome, together with various energetic shopping territories, eateries and touring open doors.If you are planning a trip to Bali, please visit us at www.srilankajetaime.com

Reply
09/28/2016 05:40

The Eternal City, referencing Rome, is a large number of years old. At the point when setting out to this delightful goal the old and the new run into each other. There is much to see and do in Rome, to such an extent, that most arrangement to see it a seemingly endless amount of time and still can't discount it. If you are planning a trip to bali, visit us at theapartmentsumalas.com

Reply
09/29/2016 02:04

Hello me and my friend who works in theapartmentsumalas.com, This is the all-encompassing drama that you will proceed as you gat a bang out of your anniversary in Rome, Italy. There is a lady of the house of machinery to do, places to has a handle on, a book learning and a yesteryear to merit to comprehend - Rome is sure as can be the hut to do for the most part these. It has its enjoy brand of black , riddle and excitement.

Reply
10/02/2016 05:19

This marathon named as Rome marathon is famous among all over the world and people n this marathon are also comes throughout the world.

Reply

Thanks.

Reply
10/29/2016 05:32

Rome Vacation Rentals are a great behavior to haddest a friendly chat the dressed to the teeth, crucial city without be compelled pay incalculable hotel rates. Of curriculum, that's abandoned if you're contented to end in a close to the ground studio apartment by the whole of hardly whole amenities.If you are planning a trip to Bali, visit us at balijetaime.com

Reply
10/30/2016 01:53

The virtually popular marathons far and wide the presence feature the abilities of several of the world's roughly skilled runners. In cities all from one end to the other the world, runners hit together to divide in these races.If you are planning a trip to Australia, visit us at mooringsoncavill.com.au

Reply
11/29/2016 01:39

Reply
11/29/2016 18:38

I little know about this marathon. I had read it at their website. The Italia Marathon Club, with the technical and commercial collaboration of Atielle Roma srl, is organizing the 23rd edition of the Maratona di Roma (Rome Marathon). The race, inserted in the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations), AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) and FIDAL (Italian Athletics Federation) international calendars will be held on Sunday, 2nd April 2017, at 8.40am, with start and finish in via dei Fori Imperiali. If you want to feel events like this or others, you can plan a vacation at Legian Kuta Bali and stay at Siesta Legian Hotel.

Reply
12/01/2016 17:10

Thanks for sharing us about this Marathon event. After you doing marathon, it will be a pleasure to plan your trip.

Ideal choice for both business travellers and them who spent their holiday in Bali.The hotel also boasts its unique location. Stretch between business district of Denpasar and hip Seminyak area, the Hotel is surrounded by paddy fields giving its a scenic view, something difficult to find nowadays. Don't forget to visit, Cozy Stay Hotel Soputan Bali.

Reply
12/08/2016 22:02

All about Marathon. Yeah, to be healthy, we must stay to work out consistenly. Maybe if you want to get a new situation, plan your trip to Bali. Stay at Loft Legian Hotel, near Kuta Beach so you can jogging around the beach.

Reply
12/15/2016 22:47

Acquiring skills for self improvement will entail investment of time and patience. But completing and owning a skill will get ahead to everyone else.

Reply
12/19/2016 02:22

Reply
12/21/2016 05:14

The main thing i found in these festival is music playing over loud speakers that will help you to entertain during all the marathon. And keep you motivated for more run.`

Reply
01/25/2017 00:47

Snapchat for PC

Reply


It is really a helpful blog to find some different source to add my knowledge. I came into aware of new professional blog and I am impressed with suggestions of author.

Reply

We provide details of adult services of Delhi Independent Escorts Call Girls.

Reply

The most effective way to treat the Sewage Water for utility is by enriched Bacteria digested in aerobic multi chambered and by treating with organic compound.

Reply
04/01/2017 01:32

Visit Goa Escorts is best agency which are providing best and VIP Escorts in Goa.

Reply

The most effective way to treat the Sewage Water for utility is by enriched Bacteria digested in aerobic multi chambered and by treating with organic compound.

Reply
05/09/2017 23:39

Welcome to china post tracking Tracking Track china post tracking Couriers & Parcels By Entering the china post tracking Tracking Number Track china post tracking Courier Online

Reply
05/11/2017 22:14

Welcome to china post tracking Tracking Track china post tracking Couriers & Parcels By Entering the china post tracking Tracking Number Track china post tracking Courier Online
china post tracking

Reply
05/29/2017 23:38

Kendriya Vidyalayas Challan are a prestigious and reputed chain of schools in India that are directly under the central government

Reply
07/11/2017 03:05

I am exceptionally satisfied to see this article, thank you for sharing. I trust next the truth will surface eventually better.

Reply
07/11/2017 03:06

I am certain this post has offered me some assistance with saving numerous hours of perusing other related presents just on find what I was searching for. Much obliged!

Reply
07/11/2017 04:32

Your web journal is superb and i genuinely welcome you and seeking after some more accommodating posts.

Reply
08/22/2017 04:42

Very nice blog..

Reply
09/02/2017 04:59

I am glad you, that have given your information. Lots of knowledge that we can get from the internet. here you can share your information to visitors anywhere.

Reply
09/07/2017 05:58

Tour & travel package information for the best destinations at low cost. Have fun with us.

Reply
09/08/2017 03:38

WOW! YOU MUST see THIS Goa escort services!! Amazing PArty Girls Available!!

Reply
09/09/2017 04:13

Beauti Queen amazing kolkata escorts agency alwyas ready for you at your doorstep. Beauti Queen provide you high profile independent girl in kolkata, escorts service in kolkata, kolkata escorts. If you are looking for the ultimate encounter in Kolkata then I am your sophisticated young Kolkata escorts that provides upscale companionship for making your night becomes true.

Reply
09/10/2017 10:30

Gurgaonfemales.in offers highly educated model from Gurgaon and best Escorts service in Gurgaon through some of its sizzling Independent escorts in Gurgaon Call Girls who are available to customers 24*7.

Reply
09/11/2017 05:41

This address is right for you, reliable web hosting, check here

Reply
09/15/2017 03:14

Jiya Roy is a high class luxury and premium independent escorts agency in Gurgaon offering sexy independent escort Girls, models and cheap rate call girls for incalls and outcalls and travel arrangements. Female companions available 24/7 for business events, tour guide and much more.

Reply
09/16/2017 07:00

We are providing Best Escort Service in Gurgaon with affordable rates, just call us for Hi profile Call Girls in Gurgaon . Contact us for Call Girl in Gurgaon. http://www.gurgaondivas.com/

Reply
09/17/2017 01:22

Hi I am Arpita kaur an high class independent escort girl in Lajpat Nagar ! We are provide high class escorts service inLajpat Nagar, Arpita Kaur Provide only for 18+ age, impressing and discreet gentlemen for utmost pleasure to get delight contact 24X7 any time any where in Lajpat Nagar. http://www.arpitakaur.com/

Reply
09/20/2017 03:33

Do you want to learn English quickly and easily?

Reply
09/23/2017 02:34

Fragrances sofa that is used from the plants and flowers are made of natural, so it can produce a maximum fragrant and long lasting.

Reply
09/26/2017 21:40

This gorgeous colorful bird is a macaw scarlet (Ara macao) photographed in the wild in South America. They are still widespread in the wild and are also bred in captivity.

Reply
09/27/2017 09:09

Renu Das Kolkata Escorts Services has gorgeous females provides Independent Escorts Service in Kolkata call girls at 100% satisfaction with VIP models. Provided Kolkata escorts at our agency are professional in nature and are eager to serve you at your place.

Reply
10/10/2017 01:33

We are leading Gurgaon based Escort Agency where you can expect to explore only the most beautiful, hot & sexy young females across the city who are 24 hours ready to serve their erotic services for you! We currently operate most of areas around the city so you can hire our independent escorts anytime whatever its early morning or mid night. http://gurgaondivas.co.in/

Reply
10/11/2017 03:43

Hi i am Jenisha Pandey high profile independent collage girl in Gurgaon. we are provide escorts service in gurgaon, gurgaon escorts, escorts in Gurgaon if you are captivating for an independent escorts Call Girls visit www.jenishapandey.com for your naughty desire I am always available 24x7 for your all sexual desire.

Reply
10/12/2017 10:55

Delhi Escorts Service is the biggest collection of most beautiful high class escorts including housewives, air hostess, working professionals, college girls, models, VIP females and high profile foreign girls as well. I am Available 24X7. I'm also provide the all kind of .So, just call me.

Reply
10/17/2017 07:09

The island of a thousand has a beauty that is in great demand by many tourists. The thousand islands are very famous tourist attractions and guaranteed beautiful nature.

Reply



Leave a Reply