Rocking the World | Geo

I remember the first time I accomplished the races to receive my Rock Idol Heavy Medal; it was amazing. There were so many cities such as Savannah, GA and Phoenix, AZ I had never been too; but wait until you travel abroad… y’all it is such a cool experience! The 2012 Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon was my first time to Spain as well as my 1st official international marathon. Here are some tips from a seasoned race-traveler I wish someone told me as a 300x600_GEO_MADRIDnew Global Rocker.


  1. Is your passport current and not about to expire? If you have to take a picture for a passport get dolled-up because the picture will be traveling with you for 10 years.
  2. Print your flight travel, hotel, and race confirmation. You do not want to fly across the world to find out you are not registered for a race.
  3. Do not expect internet service to be the same as the United States.
  4. The pharmacies and supermarkets are very different from Walgreens, CVS, or Walmart. I recommend bringing your own first aid kit. Have the following when traveling:
  • Band Aids (small and large)
  • Ointment (whatever your needed race day poison may be)
  • Benadryl (pill and spray)
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Headache reliever
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  1. Use public transit. Make a copy of the transit system in color and map out simple routes like airport to hotel, hotel to expo, hotel to race start & finish to hotel(put in your checked bag).
  2. Make flip-cards of common words and phrases in your destination’s national language, and bring extras to make as you journey on.


  1. Get a good night’s sleep and lay out your gear the night before.
  2. Know bag check location and cut-off time. If you are late you will most likely be running with your gear.
  3. Portable lavatories are not as abundant at the race starts internationally as they are in the United States = use the facilities needed before you leave your hotel… just sayin’! 
  4. Water and electrolyte beverages are usually dispensed with water bottles in my experience but always check your specific race site.
  5. Understand the conversion of miles to kilometers to pace your run.
  6. Know race signage symbols + emergency information.

The main thing is to have fun and respectfully enjoy the community you are visiting. I like to look at the world as one big city. I live in the neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and I visit destinations like the neighborhood of Madrid, Spain. Personally I think this makes the experience less intimidating.



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