June 21, 2013

Running Races in Far Off Places!

If you have been following our blog, you know that both of us love to travel.  I have been fortunate, with no work constraints to have the option to travel to places both near and far.  Some of my favorite destinations would also make for lovely race vacations.  I decided to recap some of our favorite trips with the eye of returning to run races in these beautiful cities/countries.  Since that clearly will not happen, I am tempting you to race in these lovely places!

French Polynesia:  What do you say about a place that has some of the most beautiful snorkeling waters in the world.  It is lovely and warm, with water sports having a high priority for those visiting this magical place.  However, I did find half marathon races on both Moorea (February 22, 2014) and Tahiti (November 16, 2013).  If you have the opportunity to travel to these beautiful islands, perhaps you can participate in one of these races!



Great Wall of China:  Having the opportunity to climb part of the Great Wall of China in 2010 was a once in a lifetime thrill.  Recently, I found out that they offer a marathon, half marathon and 7.5km fun run each year.  Next year, these races will be held on May 17, 2014.   This race could be very tempting to those taking a trip to Beijing, but beware. The elevation challenges will make this race extremely difficult.


Antarctica: This place is both pristine and beautiful with wonderful wildlife including penguins, seals and birds. The icebergs offer a dramatic backdrop to views of the seas.  A trip here offers a chance to view things that few people will ever see and to race here would be magical.  However, the March 9, 2014 and 2015 marathon races are already sold out!  That's right, there are wait lists for this race so be sure to get your name in if you want to register for 2016!


Easter Island:  One of the most remote islands on earth, Easter Island sits approximately 2,000 miles from Chile and Tahiti.  It is known for the Moai statues that surround the coastline of this small island.  They offer a marathon, half marathon, and 10k on June 1, 2014.



South Africa:  Cape Town is an exceptionally beautiful city with Tabletop Mountain as a backdrop and the lovely ocean in the forefront.  A race here would be a fabulous way to spend a morning and you are in luck with a marathon that is scheduled in late September each year.  This year, there will be both a 10k and a marathon run on September 22, 2013.


*Marathon Tours is a really cool company that offers races in many remote locations.  Check out more info here.

**Disclaimer: We were neither compensated nor requested to provide any of the information in this post.  We like to travel and did a little research!

What's your fantasy race location?
(Pam)

17 comments:

  1. I would LOVE to run in French Polynesia! I ran a 10k while I was on vacation in Hawai'i in February around Pearl Harbor...it was a lot of fun :)

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    1. Jen, Racing in Hawaii must have been fun, especially around such a moving placed as Pearl Harbor. That is another beautiful group of islands and would make for a great racecation!

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  2. You know I love to travel, this would be awesome especially china! But that's one tough looking wall ;)

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    1. Kat, I agree...after climbing the wall for about an hour, I can't imagine running a half or full marathon on it. Good luck to those who attempt that big challenge!

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  3. Great post today! The two of you are such good writers and I really enjoy reading your posts!

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    1. Thank you, we enjoy writing and more than anything interacting with others who love running and travel!

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  4. And to think, I just thought going to run overseas in Europe would be great. You take it to a whole new level. Some of those would be awesome to do.

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    1. John, Running races in Europe is a great idea too and of course there are many famous marathons such as the London Marathon and Rome Marathon to name a couple!

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  5. Oh my gosh, my fantasy running location is undoubtedly French Polynesia!! That is at the top of my bucket list -- when you visited, what hotel did you stay at?

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    1. Lauren, We spent time at the Intercontinental Hotel when we first arrived in Tahiti and then stayed at the Moorea Pearl prior to a cruise around the islands! It was a magical vacation! Feel free to send an email to our link on this page if you have any more questions!

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  6. I think planning a vacation around a race is genius. I always struggle with keeping an exercise routine while out of town and that'd be one way to "fix" that problem. There are so many wonderful places I'd like to visit, that are host cities to races too. I'm looking forward to being able to plan run-cations in the future!

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    1. Ummm, yes, for my 10th Anniversary in March 2016....I might be trying to sway hubby towards the Rome Marathon. Why not?!?

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    2. Oh the Rome marathon looks fabulous! Did you see the Spirit Of Marathon 2 movie recently about that race? If not, be sure to check it out.

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  7. I've always wanted to visit Tahiti. That half marathon now gives me a little extra incentive. Great post!

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    1. Thanks Amy, That may be my excuse to go back. We try to visit new places, but that is such a special place and I could easily go there again!

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  8. So many races, so little time! (and money!)

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  9. Those are all such gorgeous places....Oh, if only I could win the lottery ;)

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