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Macau Survivor

Yesterday I ran Macau. The new course included the Sai Van bridge (twice), an underpass and an underwater tunnel (to be done four times, for the 42 marathon runners). My guess is that the people who design the course are not runners. Second guess: next year they will change the course again, as they do every year.
During the second lap the competitive runners were slowed down by the slow runners who were still doing their first lap. Moreover, I am sure that some fast runners missed the entrance to the stadium and were wrongly directed to continue even though they already completed the two laps. This is not the first time this happens in Macau (see the posts of previous years here in hkrunners) and I feel sorry for those guys who spent a lot of time to train and money to travel to Macau, and then end up wasting their efforts due to the poor organization. I hope that at least the officials will learn from their mistakes and do a better planning next year. I really like running in Macau. Has anyone else noticed the problems I mention here above?

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oh actually i have different point of view . this is my fifth macau marathon and i think it was one of the best organised out of the five . yes the route was a bit tougher have to run through the tunnels but still the marshalls were very good as were the volunteers . I dont see how any runners could take a wrong turn everywhere was well signposted and plenty of marshalls at each intersection telling runners where to go . volunteers were also great , some brought drinks across to the other side to give to us . There were also plenty of bananas .
any course that has loops will always have minor problems of fast runners have to run past slow runners . i see this in may races . the problem is many slow runners are not smart enough to keep out of the way . most of us kept to the left to leave room for faster runners but one or two "stubborn" runners carried on in the "obvious fast lane" even though every one was shouting at them......
I even saw at the end of the race runners who failed the 5 hour cut off were still given a towel and T shirt which is the first time that has happened in macau ( i missed by 30 seconds one year !! )
overall a good performance by macau marathon organisers although of course every marathon can be improved in minor places .

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I ran the half marathon on Sunday – my 11th race in Macau. In spite of the rain and wind in the first 5 or 6 km, I 100% enjoyed the race. I think it was well organized this year. Signposts were clearly displayed and water & sport drink supplies were adequate. The new course was exciting and I very much enjoyed running it. In a way, you can say that you covered Taipa, Macau and China in one single race. Cheering teams were great. I really don’t mind running the same course again next year!

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Hope I was not misunderstood. I did like Macau this year. It is my fourth race there, and I am looking forward to join next year as well. On the other hand, I think organizers can do even better. For example, I saw many half-marathon runners disqualified due to exceeding the 2:30 hours time limit. Why not extending to three hours? The race track was open anyway, for the 42-km runners. Just my point of view. M