Experiencing a new culture steeped in ancient history. Interacting with (shock) individuals like myself, hearing their stories, learning from their cultural and race experiences outside of the US. Confident that the Marathon Tours staff was there as a safety net. Thankful that Marathon Tours booked a hotel with a grand breakfast buffet, including race day morning special. Grateful for the Marathon Tours staff for guiding us to the buses for transport to the event start.
Stephanie and Anne were delightful. They were always mindful of the special needs of folks in the group and when one gentleman fell, they were right there to make sure he was all right and not needing medical care. They were happy, professional, fun to be around.
The whole atmosphere of a destination race, from the accommodations to the race itself, and meeting like-minded friendly people who were all there for the same thing. This atmosphere wouldn't have been made possible by the great planning and organization that went on behind the scene by the coordinators.
I'm very happy in the order of the trip. I would have been disappointed in Auckland if the extension happened after Queenstown. Absolutely LOVED Queenstown.
All the logistics were taken care of. I just had to get myself to Queenstown and I did not have to worry about all the normal race issues, e.g. start line transportation, pre race dinner, hotel, etc. took a lot of stress off my shoulders. Also got to meet a lot of amazing people and fellow runners. Made a lot of new friends.
First time with Marathon Tours. Was an excellent experience and has motivated me to make more trips and become part of the group.
As always, EXCELLENT staff onsite from Marathon Tours. Always available to answer questions or just to chat. Kept everything on schedule. Communications were informative.
Marathon Tours made racing the Dublin Marathon easy - we were centrally located and never had to worry about any of the details leading up to the race.
One of the best international race experiences with no worries about language barriers, plenty of friendly people to meet, and a race equivalent to many big city races in the US.
We stayed at the Hyatt Centric Arlington again this year. A great hotel that is located minutes to and from the start line. I love this hotel not only for the location but the excellent customer service