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|Author: ||Tel Aviv Runner|
|Subject: ||Have you ever had to run to the start off a race in order to make it on time?|
This morning I ran the Tel Aviv Marathon but ended up running about 47K instead of 42.2.
I am living in Tel Aviv for the semester, and I thought I could just leave my apartment 30 minutes before the start and take a cab to the line. But due to road closures from the race itself, three cabbies turned me down for a ride, saying they did not know how to get to the starting line with all of the detours. I then asked a policeman on a motorcycle for a ride but he said no. With no other option, I ran it, trying not to go too fast but also keeping an eye on the clock. I got to the start just as the announcer said "Two minutes to go."
Predictably, the final few K of my race were slow and painful. But I guess I learned a valuable lesson about marathon logistics and planning.
Anybody have any similar experiences?
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