|A SEASONAL FOREST|
|MUSIC AND LIGHTS|
|THE HALF-MARATHON RACE|
This morning, being Sunday, I caught the underground train U2 to Vienna's Exhibition Centre in order to see Vienna's first indoor marathon. It was the sheer novelty of the idea of having a 26.2 mile race indoors that induced me to go and take a look.
As you can see I took my camera.
As a trail and mountain runner the idea of an indoor course didn't particularly appeal to me and consequently I didn't participate in any of the races.
Another reason I didn't run was the prohibitive entry fee. I calculated that for the cost of entering the indoor marathon I could participate in several mountain and trail races; up to half a dozen would be possible.
The Messe Wien is a building of monster proportions in which 16 laps is 26miles.
The amplified rock music was not a comfortable experience from a spectator point of view although I can imagine that it served to push along many a tiring runner through to the finish line.
I arrived when the half marathon (8 laps) was in progress. I left 15 minutes after the full marathon started.
Someone gave me a yellow carrier bag containing a couple of sports drinks and other items and I entered a free draw to win a pair of Brooks running shoes.