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Smile!

A quick recap on last Sunday’s Marathon de Marseille 2015: it was raining, it was windy, there were 499 sleep-deprived marathon runners who woke up ridiculously early for the shuttle-bus to the starting line, of which service terminated a whole hour ahead of the starting time despite the small number of runners.  They sat around in a pub and were fed a winning pre-race breakfast of coffee, biscuits and sardines. Despite the beautiful coastal scenery, the route illogically looped around downtown twice. The signage was inadequate and there was no salt to be found in the first-aid tents. In short, not quite a bag of giggles.

Still, remember how the Ninja Turtle was waffling on about keeping a positive attitude in the face of the absolute worst circumstances? Well, here’s why it’s always important to be wearing a smile: you never know when you’re going to be caught on camera! (See if you can spot the red beanie.)

And here are some photos from the organisers (apologies for the watermark, but the Turtle has already paid more than she cares for to participate in the race, so she’s not paying more for the photos.)

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7 thoughts on “Smile!

  1. Looks like you had fun! You’ve also listed quite a few reasons why I’ve been avoiding road races lately. I know this is generalising, but they just never seem to get the logistics right!

    • Totally agree – I’ve been reading and summarising race reviews for my job, and it’s quite astounding how a lot of races seem quite haphazard with the organisation. It’s really becoming a money-making industry, and less about running, but it’s hard to say this without sounding like a snob (because so many people still really enjoy the dress-up 5K parties and don’t seem to mind them!)

    • And thank you for reading my complaints! I was really stunned too when they didn’t have something as simple as salt, they didn’t run out of it, they plain and simple didn’t have any around. I won’t name names, but I’ve read about an expensive half-marathon race in a country in the tropics running out of water – now that is truly a nightmare situation.

      • Running out of water is the pits! It has happened to me a few times, and as a back of the pack runner, I can tell you such horror stories about there not being nearly enough anything to go round. But hey! We keep running, and we keep trying. Run well!

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