I had my best time until now. This was the fourth Engadiner ski marathon I did. The race was very fast this year and it was quite easy. I was not exhausted like in other years. Only the very last kilometer at the end was hard.
I am still in group “Allgemein A” which is not bad but would like to get once fast enough to start in the “Elite” group. But this maybe will never happen.
The whole event is really funny. We have to start at 3 am in the morning and go by car to Landquart from where we take a 2 hours train to St. Moritz and from there its another ride on a bus of about 20 minutes.
This lets us arrive in Maloja just before 7:00 where we put our skis to the start to be in one of the front lines when the race begins. We booked breakfast in “Maloja Palace” which is the very best option for waiting until the race starts at 8:50.
This year I did more skating than before and the marathon in Einsiedeln was a very good preparation. The marathon in Einsiedeln is much harder and I was at my very end in the finish.
This year I participated the first time the marathon in Engadin. The race starts at the highest point in the valley and goes continuously down. The difference in altitude is about 200 meters.
We had to stand up at 2:30 in the morning, went with the car to Landquart, from there by train to St. Moritz and further to Maloya by bus. At approximatly 6:30 we arrived.
It was very very cold, below 15 degree I think. We put our skiers to the start point and waited in a small church where it was warm.
The race was exciting. We started in front of 5000 other people and within a few minutes thousands were before me.
But later, I were able to overtake more and more. 42 kilometers is quite a long distance and you have enough time to gain places. In the middle the route goes through a wood where the trace becomes very narrow so that very often you had to wait to come forward.
I finished below 3 hours which means that I am allowed to start two blocks earlier next year. The race is such a fun. There are more than 10.000 starters. From now on, I will try to participate every year. It´s just fun. The whole day was an adventure. We were back at home at 5 pm.
The man in the blue jacket in the middle of the foto is me.