It has been a while since I have done a marathon because of scheduling and asthma issues last year. Since I have done quite a few marathons (over 50 marathons/ultra-marathons), there are a couple of things that I look for with races – uniqueness or a course for a PR attempt (personal record). I love finding races that sound interesting or might be someplace I would want to visit.
Registered for the Tehran Marathon!
Date: April 7, 2017 | Tehran, Iran
Link: Tehran Marathon
I have run marathons in several countries but never had to deal with applying for a visa to run the marathon! But, that is what I have to do this time! I have signed up for the inaugural Tehran Marathon (I love inaugural marathons!)! I have been to Iran once before and found it to be a very interesting country and was hoping I could go back. Well, it appears that I may be able to, if I get approved for a visa.
I wrote last year about the inaugural Iran Marathon because I found it very interesting that they were not allowing women to run the race (it was not the decision of the organizers but in keeping with the country’s laws). But, this time around, they are able to allow anyone to run – as long as they do not have an Israeli passport or Israeli visa in their passport.
Getting a Visa in Order to Run the Tehran Marathon
If you are traveling from the USA, UK, or Canada, the visa process is more stringent than from other countries. It means you have to submit more paperwork as well as wait for approval from their government before you know if you are going or not. Because it is a sporting event, I have been told that it should make it a little easier for applicants. Hopefully it will be!
So, I have submitted my paperwork and now have to wait to hear if I am approved or not! The good news is that if you are not approved, you will get a refund on your payment. It is a package deal since you need to be with an escort while in the country so I will be going (hopefully!) for 3 nights (wish I could go longer but that is all I can take right now).
Cost & Packages
There are a few packages you can sign-up for.