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San Sebastian, Spain - Distance Running magazine

San Sebastian, Spain - Distance Running magazine

San Sebastian, Spain - Distance Running

Maraton Donostia – San Sebastian, SpainApersonalNOVEMBER252012San Sebastian is a beautiful touristdestination on the Atlantic coast of theBasque Country. Capital of Guipuzcoa, itoffers a wide range of activities throughoutthe year, attracting thousands of visitors.Walking around the beautiful streets of thetown, past historic buildings and sparklingbeaches visitors cannot fail to beimpressed. San Sebastian is a paradise forfood-lovers with many good restaurantsserving delicious tapas; and also for peoplewho appreciate culture and music. SanSebastian has recently been named 2016European Capital of Culture.Among the town’s specialist offerings is theMarathon. The DKV San Sebastian Marathon isone of the fastest in the world. Just come to SanSebastian and let your imagination float, let yourfive senses run free, and let your legs fly.Back on 15 October 1978 San Sebastian held itsfirst marathon. It was a great success with 2600participants, a number that would only besurpassed in 1993. Local newspapers at the timespoke about 10,000 people watching the startand more than 60,000 people lining the course.best marathonBy Alvaro OlavarríaIn October 1993 SanSebastian hosted theIAAF World MarathonCup; it was its mostinternational edition andit was the first timetransponders were usedfor time keeping. Therace was won by theBritish runner RichardNerurkar in 2:10:03.The 2012 race was the35th – this year the36th edition will be heldon 24 November 2013. The course is practicallyflat, at sea level, and passes through some of themost attractive parts of the town, such as the bayand the famous Concha Beach. This is why it hasbeen attracting more and more runners every year.The streets are full of people cheering andclapping and giving the runners that extraencouragement to make it to the finish line.Members of the Chinese Team setting an early pace duringthe IAAF World Marathon Cup at San Sebastian in 1993.Picture: Anton Want/AllsportIt is a marathon both for elite runners andamateur runners. The course records are a goodindication of how fast a course it is: Ana IsabelAlonso’s women’s record is 2:26:51, and the men’srecord stands at 2:09:39. There is a time limit offive hours so runners aiming at a pace of7min/km will find themselves comfortablyaccommodated..“I really enjoyed the race and the town. Lovely place and people. The race wasimpressive, with lots of fast young runners. I did 3:24 which was good for me,but I could have managed my race better. Found a lovely restaurant in theOld Town on Sunday. Would love to come back again”Gary W, UKContinued on page 39“Thanks a lot for organizing a perfectmarathon. Everything was really great!There were hot showers, excellentsupport along the course andwelcoming, motivating spectators.We spent three wonderful days inSan Sebastian. Unfortunately the timewas too short to see everything wewanted to see. Be sure I will informfriends and come back ...”Lukas K, GermanyConcha BeachPicture: Aritz GordoDistance Running | 2013 Edition 1 37

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