|“We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” – Emil Zatopek|
What a trip! Lala and I had a really nice time in Istanbul. The marathon however, can be forgotten for numerous reasons….snowy conditions, poor race organization and a cut off time of 5hrs. I finished the race in little less than 5 and half hours and by the time I reached the stadium, they had taken the timing clock off. Luckily I finished the race with a few locals and they fought with the race organizers to give us the medal and certificate. Other than that, Istanbul was truly memorable. Great food, beautiful historic buildings and friendly people, what more can one ask for. Will definitely go again but not for the marathon.
Ziyad Rahim is an adventure-runner from Pakistan. He currently holds 10 Guinness World Records in long-distance running, ranging from marathons to ultra-marathons.