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because everyone hates a tourist

August 31, 2009

I’ve had just over a week of ‘down-time’ and I already feel like getting back to the trails however, I will wait out the prescribed two weeks.  This weekend I’m heading to Vancouver and Victoria to visit my sister and catch a Band of Horses concert on Saturday night.  Maybe I’ll get a couple runs in Beacon Hill and Stanley Park, which is nice because I won’t actually be running long so those venues won’t consist of too many loops.

I stayed on in Berlin for the rest of the week to get all the tourist stuff done.  That way I didn’t feel like I needed to see anything before the race and I could just concentrate on getting ready for the marathon.  Here are some pics (plus one from race and one athlete banquet).

Around 34km mark.



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Parts of the Berlin wall at Potsdamer Platz

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Cobblestone section we raced over, with red marathon line


View from Victory Column (AKA Chick on a Stick).  You can see Brandenburg gate (start/finish line) at the end of the road.  The park on either side is where we did our runs the week of the race.


Guy selling Bratwurst with a portable BBQ.  Damn his legs must be tired.


Bombed out church


  1. Ben permalink
    August 31, 2009 1:53 pm

    Hey Reid, great blog! if you’re in vancouver next sunday feel free to come and join the ubc xc team on our long run. We start at 9:30am at the main parking lot on 16th ave in Pacific Spirit Park and will run on the trails. Cheers

  2. Aunt Mandy permalink
    September 2, 2009 1:14 pm

    Wow, Berlin looks like a beautiful city. Say hello to Kaleigh for me!

  3. September 2, 2009 3:03 pm

    Reid, great run in Berlin! Looking forward to seeing what you can do in the marathon, now that your feet are wet. I’ll be at Band of Horses Saturday night, too – maybe I’ll run into you. Let me know if you’re up for a run Sunday morning…

  4. alexhutch permalink
    September 24, 2009 10:57 pm

    Who needs the New York Times when I can read all about it in Reid’s blog:

  5. November 9, 2009 3:22 pm

    Hello Reid,

    I am a student of graphic design and illustration at Capilano University, in Vancouver, Canada. While doing a project for school (a design for a book cover), I came across your image of cobblestones in a Google search . I love your photo, it is perfect for my concept. I was wondering if I could have your permission to use it for my project. I will not be selling the design and would be happy to send you an image of the completed design when I’m done.

    Sorry for posting this as a comment, I couldn’t find any contact information on your blog.

    – Cara Bain

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      November 9, 2009 7:11 pm

      Hi Cara,

      no problem at all if you want to use it. In case you’re curious the road is called Am Kupfergraben, it’s across the river from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.


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