With more than twenty years of experience in travel logistics, conference planning, and marketing it has been a dream to blend her passion of running and travel with her career. Karen has completed 13 marathons, including Boston, and many half marathons and local races. She is certified as a running coach with Road Runners Club of America, is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), earned her MS in Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas and BS in Economics/Finance from Bentley University. In addition to working on Marathon Tours & Travel marketing efforts, Karen manages our programs to Jerusalem, Kenya, the Italy Coast to Coast Relay, Madagascar, Russia, Scotland and supports our U.S. packages to Big Sur and New York. She is always looking forward to the next adventure!
This was our first trip with Marathon Tours and we were very happy with the entire trip. The communication prior to, during, and after has been excellent. Karen was an excellent coordinator of this trip and I would definitely travel with Marathon Tours again on another running adventure. The planned events and free time were well balanced and provided enough time to enjoy all of the sites. Most of the meals and restaurants were excellent and provided us with a safe way to experience the local culinary options.
Karen and Christine were EXCELLENT. Both of these ladies are strong in communication, amiable, organized, willing to assist and answer questions, and provide support for race participants. I would love to travel with either of them again!!
I thought the trip was well planned with scheduled activities and time to explore on your own. I thought the scheduled activities were fantastic and the guides as well. I appreciated the communication by Jeff and Karen as well. I was traveling alone and felt I always knew what to expect and when.
Hotel in Edinburgh was excellently situated - lots to see and do within walking distance. Rooms were great - clean, moderately spacious, and well-appointed; breakfast was well done in the downstairs dining room. All of the local guides were knowledgeable and entertaining - a terrific way to learn about the history, culture, and people of Scotland. The trip between Edinburgh and Inverness was packed with activities - well worth the time in the coach and the drives between (which were broken up nicely by all the excursions). I know that anyone who comes along to host or help with a MTT trip is going to be super. Jeff and Karen worked tirelessly to make sure that everyone on the trip got the most out of it - food recommendations, music, excellent experiences. Kelly and Kit backed them up and were friendly and welcoming. Like traveling with family (that you like ;).
Karen and Jeff (and Kelly and Kit) did a fantastic job moving us around and getting us where we needed to be for events, activities, and the race. The local guides are amazing - they are knowledgeable, engaging, and friendly. The tours are definitely worth going on as many as you can. Basically can't go wrong. I wish we'd been able to do all three, since I wanted to see more of the highlands (obviously, the 26 miles running it wasn't enough!) Thanks again for the poncho - it came in handy at the start of the race with the sideways rain. Love the buff and I use those all the time. Congrats on 40 years!
The destinations and selection of specific tours were wonderful. Lea, docent for Israel portion of touring was outstanding, knowledgeable funny and a pleasure to be with. Camaraderie among fellow travelers was great. Karen Hoch was an excellent tour facilitator overall and oversaw the daily planning and scheduling of events extremely well.
Nomi was a WONDERFUL local guide! I had been to Israel twice before and she let us know everything; some things I didn't even know from my two prior tours. She had us laughing, crying, and always engaged. And of course Karen and Jacqui, whom I had as tour leaders on previous tours, were both fantastic as always. They are pleasant, detail oriented, and great leaders.
Thanks so much for organizing the Cuba Marabana trip. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and you made all my experiences absolutely wonderful! I really enjoyed all of the cultural experiences, and all the support for the Cuban people!
I was very happy with my Big Sur Marathon experience through Marathon Tours & Travel. Every aspect of the package was superb from the accommodations to the dinners and the event transportation. Thank you to Allyson, Karen, and Christine for making this a memorable event.
Karen did a great job before and during the trip. She is very organized, extremely responsive, and very nice to be around - the perfect host.
That was one of the best trip that we ever had. Thank you Jacqui and Karen. Everything was so wonderful and memorable for us. We couldn’t ask for anything better. They did magic.
I had a great time. This was one of the best Marathon tour experiences. There are challenges in a developing country and it was an AMAZING experience beginning to end. Thank you MTT and especially Jacquie and Karen for an experience well done.
I can't say enough about how well Jacqui and Karen managed this trip. They worked very hard to meet everyone's needs, and quickly worked to address any unexpected issue. Their knowledge and experience were evident.
I would like to commend our hosts Allyson, Karen and Christine. They made the experience seamless and enjoyable. They were friendly and helpful and created very positive atmosphere .
Your welcome is warm; your enthusiasm and joie de vivre is felt and is greatly appreciated.
The Holy Land...a trip to the Holy Land. Also, I've been on tours with both Jacqui and Karen, so when I saw they were the tour leaders, I didn't hesitate to sign up.
Travel to Cuba is unique, and more complex that most of my past international travel. Karen's patience and knowledge was greatly appreciated.
Karen was on top of everything ... fielding questions, comments and requests very quickly. I felt like I was in good hands.
Karen was an excellent "tour guide" and problem solver during the Havana portion of the trip as we did not extend beyond Havana. During the pretrial planning and preparation, Karen was totally on top of the logistics, and was most responsive and timely to all our questions. Since I am an author, I was most impressed with her writing and communication ability. I would highly recommend Karen and give her a 6 star rating. ( on a scale of 1 to 5)
I have nothing but praise for you all. This was so well organized from the emails we started to receive well before the trip to the outstanding hospitality provided at the hotel and at the social events. I enjoyed the reserved tables for us SCC members. The attention to detail and the personal touch that Marathon Tours and Travel gives us is the reason I keep coming back to your company. Thank you Karen, Allyson, Jeff and Thom. See you on my next trip.
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!
The hosts of marathon tours were excellent. The prerace communication exceeded my expectations. Thank you!. The hotel was a pleasant surprise. It was much nicer than I expected and the location was very good. The bus to the start line was excellent. Well done. Karen and Anna were amazing!! Thank you ladies for all your hard work. I plan to travel with Marathon tours to London and would highly recommend you as a tour group.
Great job. Trip of a lifetime. Karen Hoch was awesome.
We loved traveling with Karen again -- she's smart, patient, funny and fun!
Thanks to Karen for all the great service..NYC marathon was a great trip
Quality of support from Karen Hoch. Top notch!
Communications and responsiveness...Karen was super quick to respond regardless of day or time.
HOW WELL ORGANISED IT WAS. The location was great close to everything.Karen and Anna excellant staff tour.
Karen is awesome. She answered all questions promptly and thoroughly. She has a calm, but incredibly organized demeanor that made the trip both for fun and efficient.
There were a lot of moving parts to this trip but all went according to plan. Jacqui and Karen were awesome! Also, I was very impressed with the quality and quantity of food throughout the trip and all the accommodations. The people of Kenya (and Rwanda) were all extremely welcoming and just plain wonderful. The service provided everywhere we went was exceptional.
The organization was excellent. Everything went smoothly and the day trips were great.
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