On the Road with PPTC’s Emma Roman: Interview by Tom Byrnes
Emma mentions that there wasn’t much of a marathon expo, simply picking up the race packets and bibs at the host hotel. One thing that she did experience, though, was that energy that always seems to wrap itself around you whenever a handful of runners should happen to find themselves in the same room.
Since the host hotel was booked, Emma and crew were forced to seek shelter elsewhere but this turned out to be a blessing in disguise since the host hotel, although located in an absolutely beautiful area, seemed to be within walking distance of downtown nowhere. Additional transportation would have been required to visit any of the other areas in the beautiful city of
The race itself started and finished on the west bank of the Nile, close to the
with the marathon, there was also a half marathon, a 12K, and an in-line skating event. These all began at the same time with the skaters at the front of the pack taking off just a few minutes in advance of the runners.
The weather was hot and sunny with temps in the 80’s. ... Very toasty! The water and bananas at each aid station were very welcome.
Emma reported that the field of runners was very small in comparison to the marathons that we’re familiar with. As a matter of fact, there were only 52 MARATHON FINISHERS. It just seemed to Emma that everyone there might have just wanted the experience of running in
Besides visiting pyramids, tombs, temples, and mosques, some of Emma’s crew also went up in a hot air balloon over the Nile, rode camels in the desert by the Saqqara pyramids, and took a felucca (sailboat) ride on the
Hey, all things considered, would she go again if the opportunity arose??? ABSOLUTELY!!!