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A Renaissance of a Run: The Firenze Marathon

Venice was already a city of classical art, if not one of even more historical commerce, to run in.

Florence is the peak of all that.

And where the Venice Marathon provides a good reason to visit that city, but starts quite far outside of it, the Florence Marathon (now in its 33rd edition) started right from the heart of it all, and winds its way back and forth from there in several loops…

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Running through the Venice Marathon

Just a week after the wild running experience at the Helsinki City Trail, during the Suunto Summit, it was time for another one of those little adventurings:

Overnight train, one-night stay, marathon, overnight train back.

This time: To Venice for the Venice Marathon.

Yep, Italy again.

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During the Helsinki City Trail

#SuuntoSummit: Helsinki City Trail, Finnish Nature

One of the things I very much like about running is how much of an exploratory activity it can be.

I’d still say that you shouldn’t travel to far-away places just to run a race or see a wild place, if you really care about the world.

Still, if you have good reasons to go, then make the best of your time – and for fun, fitness, and discovery, little beats moving at your own pace, moved by your own power.

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China Circle - On the Mountain

Running in a Circle… in the Heart of China

Three years – has it really been three years already?! – after the first time I visited the place my wife grew up and her parents still (mainly) live, deep in the countryside of Hunan, we returned.

One of the things I returned to was running in a circle.

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Bergmarathon "Rund um den Traunsee" 2016

360 Around the Traunsee

Sometimes, it’s just hard to deal.

Not that ultramarathons were ever easy, but you learn to deal with that.

This, my fifth participation in the mountain marathon around the Traunsee lake, was another one of those hot and muggy times in the Salzkammergut, and things went differently from the times before, yet again.

With some stomach discomfort at first and suffering from the effects of the temperatures, it was hard.

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Hochkönigman Marathon Trail (2016)

The ‘What the F* Am I Doing That For?’ Feeling“… That’s the thought I got in my head in the middle of the Hochkönigman (Marathon Trail) race, which has been advertising itself with “The ‘Winners Never Give Up’ Feeling“.

Maria Alm, where we started and finished, is pretty enough.

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Über-Drüber-Marathon, passing in front of Altpernstein castle

Runs, Races, Trails: Kirchdorf Über-Drüber-Marathon

You want to make yourself at home somewhere, you will be there, go in circles, find the change, and learn from it.

Sometimes, you will do so returning to places and races, and quite by chance…

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Runs, Races, Trails: Rome Marathon RunSeeing

Home, and Rome…

I’m a bit farther away, but it is one of the capitals of one of the neighboring countries, so there are connections.

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24H Burgenland Extreme, Speedily Slow

Long distance events don’t just give chance many an opportunity to strike in the form of accidents or physical discomfort, they also give the participant a long time to ponder.

January 22, 2016, the day before I would travel to Munich for the ISPO, saw the 24H Burgenland Extreme (official website, in German only) tour around the Neusiedler See lake take place for the fifth time.

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