Thursday, 9 August 2012

What happened in Davos - Swissalpine C42 marathon, 28 July 2012

"If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon." Emil Zatopek

As many of you know by now, after almost two years of running, I went all the way to Davos, Switzerland to run my first marathon in late July. 

Davos is the highest city of Europe. The population is just around 13000. It is among the most popular destinations for skiing  in winters. Swissalpine consisting of several different races is a major event gathering some 5000 runners from all around the world in late July.

K78, C42 and K30 races start at Davos Stadium at 7am. I arrived there at 6:30, run for a few minutes to warm up and made my way to the starting line a few minutes before 7. Standing at the start line of my first marathon with almost 1500 other runners was a unique experience.

The race started at precise 0700 hrs. The first 5 kilometers was a loop through Davos. People were standing on pavement and cheering for runners by ringing bells and shouting Hopp Hopp! Everyone was cheering, from people who were watching the race from their balcony to Davos hospital staff and a few patients who were standing in front of the hospital.

 Looking fresh at the beginning
 An artwork along the way

After passing the 10km mark there was an uphill road that was almost the steepest part of the race. And soon after that the asphalt bit of the course finished and we ran the most of the remaining distance on trail.

Stunning landscape 
 Quite dark tunnels
At some points we had to walk
Still enjoying the run
 Close to 30km mark

After passing the 30km mark. The K30 race finished and almost one kilometer after that K78 and C42 routes devided and the last 11km of the race was very quite. And I have to tell you it was not easy anymore. 

And finally crossing the finish line in Tiefencastel in 4:08.

When I started running, I didn't even dream of running a marathon. But here I am, standing at the finish line. Absolutely chuffed!

It was not easy I have to admit. I found the last 3-5km really tough and painful. I had sore muscles and joints for a few days after. But now I am planning my next marathon. Yes, already!

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