Exceeded my expectations. However, I must say that this was my 5th trip with MT, & every one exceeded my expectations!
A big thank you to you and your staff for making such a memorable weekend possible. The race couldn’t have went better and I greatly appreciate your planning and good nature in pulling together all the details that I didn’t have to worry about. Thank you and Marathon Tours and good luck in the future!
In terms of the service of Marathon Tours: Everything was planned for us! I didn't have think about anything but how was I going to get to/from the airport, and I hope I don't get lost on my shake out runs. Coordinating with the hotel for an early start to the breakfast on Sunday morning was fantastic as well. I don't normally eat a large breakfast on marathon mornings due to timing, but this worked out perfectly. I was full three hours prior to the race, and had a banana about 45 minutes before the start. Perfect fueling. In terms of Berlin: What an amazing city. I had only ever been to southwest Germany in the past, so coming to Berlin was an opportunity to truly immerse myself in the history - good and bad - of the country. The city did not disappoint. I used the four-hour city tour on Friday to pick out spots where I wanted to explore further on Monday (as I was leaving early on Tuesday). This was so helpful - and having a tour guide like Ulli made it even better. She was so down to earth, and genuine. I wish the folks who do the course tour for the NYC Marathon would take note! In terms of the marathon: I've run big marathons in the past - heck, this was #4 of the six majors for me. But it was such an incredible experience being on the international runner side, as opposed to being a runner in the NYC or Chicago races. The spectators were awesome - and it was great to hear them call out my name, even though no one had any idea who I was or where I was from. The global community of runners was so strong. And ... what's a marathon in Berlin without beer on course? Thank you to the beer stop (unofficial, I believe) at mile 25!
The City Tour was beyond fabulous. I also loved the pre-race dinner. It was spot on. I loved the camaraderie. Meeting new people during the Thursday night Happy Hour and then seeing them again and again over the weekend gave the trip added depth and meaning.
I really feel like I got my money's worth with the social events (which I was not actually expecting) and the bus tour. You can tell you guys have been doing this for a while, a very well oiled machine.
I was amazed on how well the whole Marathon Tours package was delivered. Very professional folks, very timely communication.....this was all new to me and it went extremely smooth!!! As a matter of fact, we are now looking at Tokyo and reaching out to fabulous Nicole for help!! Woohoo!!
This is the 3rd time we have booked with Marathon Tours and they do a fantastic job. All the extra events they had planned for the runners and families were amazing! Can't wait to book with them again!
Such a beautiful hotel - perfect for the start of the race as well as finishing right there as well!!
I enjoyed this hotel and I felt that it was close enough to everything that I wanted to see including the start line of the race.
I am typically someone who plans out EVERYTHING, so going through Marathon Tours was a huge departure from my norm. I was more than pleasantly surprised at how easy the team made everything for us. We literally didn't have to think about anything but where we were going to go to dinner on Friday night (as that was the ONLY night something wasn't planned for us)! Thank you to everyone on the team - but most especially to our two hosts for the Marriott. They were both so attentive and personable - and really made an effort to get to know the runners. Thanks Marathon Tours - I'll definitely plan to go through you again for the two majors left in my quest - Tokyo and London!