Testimonials 2019

Lisa Watt


What an experience!!!

All made possible by Anna, Nick and their Adventure Time Travel team.  Thank you all so much xo

You have provided the opportunity for myself and all of us on this 2019 trip to live a dream, to run the NY Marathon!  The whole process has been smooth sailing and ensured we each could have a positive experience.  The add-ons to the guaranteed entry have been fabulous.

From the welcoming night dinner, opening ceremony, the track bus tour with exceptional knowledgeable hosts, pep talks from Anna and other inspirational guests and optional activities we could join in on throughout our stay – nothing was less than excellent!

A gold factor is the pre-run breakfast indoors, out of the weather which made the pre-race preparations the best it could be!

I had the pleasure of meeting Anna at the Gold Coast Marathon Expo and instantly felt going with Adventure Time Travel was the best option.  This was reinforced with the time in New York.  Anna is genuine, full of experience and knowledge, fun and professional at all times.

Memories to last a lifetime.  May our paths cross again.  Enjoy every day!


Darren Hayward


WOW what a week Anna and Adventure Time Travel put on.

It was amazing and next level.  It was army precision.  It was so well organised, nothing was too hard.  They just got it done.  All the pressure was taken off the running team, which enabled us to concentrate on what we needed to get the job done before the race.  They should be so proud of what they have created.

I will never forget this experience, it was all I imagined and so much more.  I will be telling everyone about adventure time travel and how good they are.  In my eyes no ITO will give you a better experience.

As far as the New York marathon goes, I couldn’t’ve wished for a better marathon to do for my first.  I was blown away by the people and the atmosphere they created.  It was simply breathtaking and I will remember this for the rest of my life.  They just pick you up when you are flat, and at times you feel like you are floating on air.

Big massive thank you to Anna and Nick for putting on an outstanding travel marathon event.  They are both amazing people and my wife and I are proud to call them our friends now, not just a team we went away with. Thanks again!  Cheers.


Craig Wood


We have just returned from the TCS New York City Marathon and have just had one of the best experiences of a lifetime!  We would like to sincerely thank Anna and highly recommend Adventure Time Travel for the experience.  I chose to do the NYC Marathon for my 50th Birthday having always wanted to do a marathon and turning 50 was my incentive.  We reviewed and spoke to several ITO’s before choosing Anna and Adventure Time Travel and we are so glad we did.  The hotel was great, in a great location, near Central Park for our morning runs and only a few blocks from the finish line after the race which was very handy!  Adventure Time Travel’s package was totally organised in every respect.  On race day we had breakfast in a Hotel on Staten Island hotel with proper toilets, warm room prior to the race and then a chartered bus to the start line, with minimal fuss or waiting time.  Anna personally ensured everything was organised and the package included lots of add-ons which made it so memorable.  The package was inclusive of family members not running who enjoyed the experience as much as I did.  Just some of the great highlights included the bus tour of the Marathon route which included lots of history of NYC (this was outstanding), the opening ceremony, the expo, and the post run celebration dinner etc etc.  The whole package was flexible which helped us tailor it to our family’s needs.  Well done Anna and Adventure Time Travel.  We can’t thank you enough. Such a great experience.  Craig, Rachel and Zahli!


James Brown


I have just returned from the New York Marathon with Adventure Time Travel. 

My experience was amazing and one that I want to do all over again!  The whole trip was well planned by Anna which made it stress free and very enjoyable.

From the early morning jogs around Central Park to the organised dinners and tours, everything was well planned and made for a great experience.  The morning of the marathon where Anna organised for us to have breakfast and prepare for therun at a hotel on Staten Island was brilliant.  These are just some of the reasons you should book your travel with Adventure Time Travel.

Thank you to Anna and Adventure Time Travel for such a memorable experience.


Karin Smith


The best decision my hubby and I have made!

So organised, so thoughtful, so inclusive!  Every aspect of the trip was made easier because of the planning Anna and Nick did for us!

Cannot give a high enough recommendation to anyone wanting to tick this off their bucket list.


Karen Robertson


Gosh what a rush!  

The marathon was amazing!  What made the trip so seamless and stress free was how well everything was organised.  I have written this recommendation about four times simply because I kept rambling on about how good Anna was!!  In short, Anna was not only concerned about our race prep etc but she made sure our whole experience in New York was going to be one to be remembered.  And for the amount of people she was looking after, that was an amazing effort. Thank you Anna. I had the time of my life and I will never forget it. Would I travel with her again? Absolutely!  

Amanda Walsh

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I just completed my first NY Marathon with Adventure Time Travel and my experience was amazing! Anna made the whole trip from start to finish so seamless and stress-free, leaving us to concentrate on the reason we made the long trek to NYC – the Marathon!

I loved meeting lots of wonderful, like-minded people throughout some of the group dinners and optional activities.

The morning of the marathon was particularly well organised, where we spent the early morning hours before the race inside a warm function room at the Hilton on Staten Island enjoying whatever pre-race breakfast we desired, instead of waiting for hours in the cold outside.  There’s your reason to book with Adventure Time Travel right there!  Can’t recommend Anna & Adventure Time Travel highly enough!


Tania Rover


Let me tell you a story …. I ran the New York Marathon aged 57; going from ‘I’m not a runner”, to finisher in a year

My story starts with me adding ‘New York Marathon’ to a bucket list I made during a time of great upheaval and turmoil in my life in 2011. Fast forward to late October 2018 when I was flat out on the lounge in terrible pain, unable to move because of a back problem and with time to think about things, wondering why I still had not kicked the NY Marathon off my bucket list. 

So I had to dig deep to identify the fears that were stopping me; first up, the big one…..I am not a runner, I don’t know how to go about training for a marathon, I might injure myself by over/under training, I don’t know how/what to eat properly before and during the marathon, I don’t know where I should stay in New York, how to get to the race start, back from the race finish, flights to NY,  and the other big one…what if I broke down during the marathon, I would be all alone, who would care, no one to look out for me?

Then in one of those ‘aha’ moments, onto the radio came host Mark Soderstrom of radio station 102.3 to talk about his up-coming trip to New York to run the marathon. Mark’s story was the moment when my New York Marathon story really began. Simply Mark talked about how he was travelling to NY with the Adventure Time Travel team and how the team had organised his travel, accommodation, supported himself and others with a training plan and advice on nutrition and injury prevention AND the wonderful comradery of the group of runners that were travelling to NY with him.

Well…..tick, tick, tick! All the things I was worried about was covered! And way much more, I later found out, when, with no more excuses to stop me I immediately contacted the Adventure Time Travel team to put me down for New York Marathon 2019!

The rest is history! Do yourself a favour, if you want to run the New York Marathon, or any of the great marathons or a half marathon, the only way to do it is with the Adventure Time Travel team.


Joyce & Howard Oxley

 Joyce Oxley

Love from the Oxleys … New York City Marathon 2019

ATT had set the field

For all those well trained Runners

To take the track and crack its back

As Aussies Proud ‘Top Gunners’

They couldn’t keep the pace of Vlad

But that just didn’t matter

The only aim was Central Park

And post-race smiling chatter

So Yay! T’was a great time

for families and for all

The fun and happy times we shared

We admit we had a Ball

So thanks to Anna, Taco Mark and Roger

of the court, for making us feel clever

To achieve our goals and wear the medal

It’s Strawberry Fields forever!

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, get-togethers, choice of hotel, use of the Hilton, coach trips and so much more!



Vlad Shatrov


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New York – New York!  Let the Magic Happen!

This was a B Race in my overall plan, and I had to keep that in mind constantly in the lead-up.  Whilst 2:26 is good time, as I always say, time alone is often not a true indication of the result. This was true in this case for me at this year’s NYC Marathon.  How did I train for this and how did it fit in? Read on for a summary of my approach.

This was my 5th World Major Marathon.  I’ve got Boston to go, ideally in 2021.  My focus the past few years has definitely been on longer road and trail running events.  It’s my strength and what I love working and training for.  Every week I’m challenging myself and honing the skills that allow me to compete with the best in the World.  It was early this year I first considered Ultra Trail Cape town.  Post a DNF at UTA and due to sponsor commitments, this ended up being locked in, mid-year.  New York was already planned, and I was going with many of my Runlab clients on an organised trip with Adventure Time Travel (ATT).

Wanting to peak for UTCT but run well enough at NYC Marathon to get a specific speed adaption was what I was juggling.  Only having a structured plan would keep me on track.

A typical weeks training was:

  • Monday - 10km + 15km (both easy – 4:30-4:45 average) flat road
  • Tuesday - 12km easy + Intervals.  Intervals were efforts between 3-5 minutes @ my Threshold NOT V02 (this is the first major different to pure Marathon Training).  Whilst I was often too tired or heavy to hit a real V02 – I definitely still got an adaption without sacrificing the ability for me to focus on trails.
  • Wednesday - 21-25km on Road or 25-28km on Trial (alternating) and the Trail runs had over 1500m vertical gain + 5-10km PM and STRENGTH work
  • Thursday - Easy 7-10km am and easy 10-15km PM
  • Friday - TRAIL 20-40km
  • Saturday - 20-30km road with Fast 5km effort (Tempo Pace)
  • Sunday - Road or Trail 20-40km

A few points on the key sessions ...

I did a few sessions on the trail which were between 25-35km where I then finished off with a faster paced finish on the Road.  This wasn’t for the Marathon – but to better adapt to my trail running strengths of leg speed.  Race visualisation was practiced, putting myself into race day and the 70km mark, feeling sore and tired with 30km to go – how would I be able to run? Wanting to run well at this point in that pretend race, I was out there practicing it as best I could recreate it.

There are very few people that are great at all aspects of train running.  Essentially there are three components – Technical – Hills – Open running.  I’m ok at Technical but am naturally gifted and have developed my open running skills.  I want the leg speed to run in the good open running sections.  I’m also good on the Hills, but I’ve worked many years on developing this, and this is now too part of my trail running success.  I actually love being on a hill that’s steep, working hard, but in control and climbing step after step!  There is so much more I could talk to you about my training generally but I’m going to round it out by saying that, I also raced on average every second week with minimal to no tapers.  This replaces a gaping hole of no Tempo sessions in my Weekly training – it was hopefully perfect for my trail running but meant whilst I was strong, I wasn’t at peak speed!

To run a better Marathon, I would not be able to focus on my trail running.

My biggest volume weeks were built into steadily and over a 6 week period September-October I averaged 190km a week.  A had no injuries, but a lot of challenging days made easier by doing runs with my Champion running buddies.

Now back to that 2:26 and the fact that a time doesn’t tell the story. I didn’t chase an Elite start, B race and focus on the fact I was doing this with Runlab – and these guys are my friends too. I didn’t want to be off doing my own thing race morning, I wanted to do it with the crew. But hey – I mistakenly thought we would be lined up behind the Elites anyway and that would have been totally fine.  I could live without the Elite Tent and easier race morning. Luckily unlike almost everyone else, ATT organised us to be bussed over to Staten Island early, but then taken to the Hilton Hotel.  Here we could relax and have breakfast in comfort. We then got transported to the race precinct arriving about 75 minutes before our scheduled start. Everyone else (apart from the Elites) had been there for about 3 hours.  This made the experience so much better, thanks ATT! It was still a 3:30am wake up though.

Majors are crazy!  When over 50,000 people are just doing the Marathon distance it’s pretty full on.  Once dropped toilet stops, bags drops and walking to the Coral meant we had 15 minutes only until we were led onto the bridge.  Now with the A runners I was locked into race mode.  No warmup possible as we were crammed in a small area, but I did get about 5 minutes of circle jogging in.  I was still protected with old clothes and tights and a Poncho given with the race kit, specifically for this.  Temp 5 degrees with a headwind, mmmmmmm. We were shuffled onto the bridge and ended up behind many rows of other runners.  At the time those that were with me and myself thought that these people were just there for the pre-race entertainment and ceremonies.  The Elites where in front of this group!  Bang (cannon) and off.  A crazy fight to try and even run, must have taken at least 2 minutes to be able to run freely as we worked through this group, many of them just jogging (I think they were event legends, runners having completed this race many times prior) either way it wasn’t ideal for them or those of us in the A group actually trying to run quickly.

Breaking free finally I could see the Elite pack about 500m ahead on top of the bridge, so I lost time here, but it didn’t affect me.  I quickly realised that there were a few others about 40m in front also from my A group and a little pack formed, I think my second km split was a 3:05 or something as I surged into this little group.  Pretty soon though there was no such pack, there were about 4-5 of us way out in front of our group and way behind the Elites. That’s pretty much how it stayed!

Gel at 15km and 30km with all up 2 mouthfuls of water was my nutrition, although unfortunately I had the worst stomach upset and was forced at 32km to stop and go to the toilet, lost another minute, but again I didn’t let it affect me.

The crowd and course were simply amazing.  I cannot tell you in words what I feel, even now as I write about it, it’s just an emotion that comes over me of another life changing experience.  I tell you, get out there and do something like this, you grow from it.

With the lost time, on a challenging course and with long sections of headwind - the actual running effort was about 2:22, it was exactly what I planned and hoped to run. The actual time whilst disappointing, is accepted totally by me considering all of this. I had run and got a benefit. When running and hitting my splits below 3:20 per km, by myself, I felt good.  Over the course of the afternoon as our runners all finished and we all connected, the collective euphoria was special.

As soon as I got my bag and was walking back to the hotel, I was tracking all the runners with understandably focus on Cheryl (my wife).  At that time, she was on 3:44 Pace, she was about 30km in, I was starting to feel relief.  Her own year and lead-up had been dramatic, you will see her own story somewhere.  In August she was in ICU – the thought of even going to New York was not looking viable for about 2 weeks, and then still would she even recover and sort of be able to train?  Well she pretty much held that pace, finishing smiling and totally absorbing the moment and event, a few days post she admitted she could have run faster, but it wasn’t about that this time!

The acknowledgment of pretty much any New Yorker of your effort was genuine, for me topped off by being “Fastest runner in the Hotel” and being gifted a bottle of Champagne, chocolates and a Watch!  There were over 400 runners in the Hotel.

Everyone in our group has walked away from this for the better, it was more than a run!

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