Destinations Marathons

1 Month Away – And I Still Don’t Know If I Am Allowed To Run This Marathon!

Written by Charlie

I mentioned early in the year that I had signed up for the inaugural Tehran Marathon. That marathon is next month (5 weeks from today, to be exact!) and I am really excited about another inaugural marathon! But, I don’t know if I am going to be able to go yet. This has never happened to me before! 🙂

Still Not Sure If I Am Running the Inaugural Tehran Marathon

In my 10 years of running marathons/ultra-marathons, there are a few times that I have not been able to attend a marathon I had signed up for. In those cases, it was normally some scheduling problem or a family-related incident. I have never had the problem of not knowing if I was going to run a marathon based on not having received a visa yet!

Waiting for a Visa!

Yet, that is where I am right now. If I was in a typical marathon training program, this would be a little disconcerting as I would be getting ready to taper in a couple of weeks and then not knowing what was going on or if I was going to look for a different race. But, this training period has been pretty small since I have been working back into a running program. Still, it is a little weird to still not know if I am heading to Tehran in a little over 4 weeks to run 26.2 miles! The Tehran Marathon is April 7 so it is coming up quickly!

I am the kind of person that I need to have something on a race calendar to focus on my training so this has at least been helpful to get me out more faithfully to put the miles in. But, if I am not able to run Tehran, I would still like find something else within the month or so after.

I was told that I should know if I am cleared to go by March 21. If not, that is their holiday so I would not know until the next week – which is 2 weeks before the race! Really kind of cutting it close!

Fingers crossed that I will get my invite for the Tehran Marathon! It is really up in the air with the events going on as of late but it would be a great opportunity for me as I love doing inaugural marathons. Also, I should be able to do a pretty neat comparison post of some inaugurals if I can run the Tehran Marathon and I will definitely have a review of the marathon itself!

So, I continue to wait!

Have you had to apply and wait for a visa for a race before? Approved or denied? 🙂

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.