29th Bad Füssing Thermal Marathon 2024

Tina Fischl defies wind and weather and runs a strong marathon time

Tina Fischl had her sights set high at the 29th Johannesbad thermal marathon in Bad Füssing. Fischl had already won all distances of the Bad Füssing marathon in recent years and therefore knew what to expect. The experienced endurance specialist had trained for many hours for this event. Fischl had hence done her homework and wanted to prove her skills on the marathon distance.

It is well known in the running scene that the marathon cannot be compared with any other competition. Anything can happen over the 42 km distance, and you never know in advance whether or how well you will finish.

The athletes were sent out onto the course punctually at 10:00 am. The cold, wet weather and, above all, the sometimes strong wind were not exactly ideal for a perfect run over the 42-kilometer distance.

Tina Fischl was feeling good, quickly found her rhythm and was moving quickly with a good average of 4.

With Petra Pastorova, Fischl had strong competition this year and the Czech took the lead of the women’s field right from the start.

Fischl tried to run her race in second place. Her respect for Pastorova’s marathon times from previous years was immense.

The personal trainer from Fürstenstein ran the half marathon in a very good time of 1:25 hours. The Czech Pastorova was only about 90 seconds ahead and the third-placed runner in the overall field was a few minutes behind Fischl.

Everything went according to plan up to the 35th kilometer, Fischl was able to keep her pace consistently high, but the gap to Pastorova didn’t get any smaller.

The final kilometers of the course were a tough battle for everyone, with Tina trying to pick up the pace again to get closer to the leader. However, Pastorova held on and did not let the victory slip away on this day.

In an excellent time of 2:52 hours, Tina Fischl then crossed the finish line exhausted but overjoyed. She was very satisfied with the race and achieved 2nd place overall behind the strong Czech Pastorova. Fischl was able to improve her marathon time from 2023 by over 7 minutes, which indicates a very good level of training and therefore a great start to the season.

Photo documentation: © Alex Fischl