First Light Marathon

January 28 2023

The first marathon of the year was completed today as far away from home as possible.

Again, it was the first edition of a race with Albatros Adventure Marathons, the 14th in the series.
First Light Marathon was held in Tairāwhiti Gisborne, Aotearoa New Zealand. Thus, on the world’s unofficial 8th continent, Zealandia. The name First Light Marathon says that we ran at the earliest thought time of day. The time zone was half a day ahead of my home country and 13 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We started at 5:30.


I didn’t focus on a long-term injury, and I also put down the suitcase that hadn’t arrived. It was the race that mattered. I felt the injury a little, but made sure to take care of myself.
To that extent, the First Light Marathon was an adventure marathon. We went up and down mountains, over sandy beaches, experienced both strong wind and rain, and therefor also mud.
I finished just fine more than 40 minutes before the deadline. In fact, four male marathon runners finished after me.