Most tourists traveling to Bavaria in October are heading to Munich to take part of the annual Oktoberfest. Over 5 million visitors attend consuming over 5 million liter beer. The weekend after some 7,500 visited Munich for the 25th anniversary of München Marathon drinking about 60,000 liters of water.
I was in Munich for the 2008 race but had just caught a cold and could not participate. No cold this year so conditions were better. Running in Switzerland a month earlier I would soon find out my body had not recovered and soon my goal changed from finish within 3 hours 30 minutes to just cross the finish line.
From the start at Ackermannstraße, the route takes the runners through the beautiful Englischer Garten, then back to Altstadt before they finish at the Olympiastadion. The profile is flat, the course predominantly on asphalt but includes several narrow curves slowing the runners pace down.
The event also includes a marathon relay, a half marathon, a 10 km race and a folklore run.