July 10, 2013

One of the Hardest Marathons in the World!

Recently, we posted about some favorite destinations and the race possibilities in those locations.  On my run yesterday, I thought of a place we visited about 5 years ago and wondered if there was a marathon offered. The place I am talking about is the lost city of Machu Picchu.   
Most people arrive here by train!
I did discover through an Internet search that there is indeed a marathon that finishes at Machu Picchu.  Located in Peru, this mythical Inca settlement, over 500 years old, lies in the middle of a rain forest.  This marathon is listed with the most difficult marathons available in the world.  It is no surprise given it's remote location and accessibility! The marathon has a Facebook page devoted to the race and it has some fun information including a scary elevation chart!

The people were amazing! So friendly and welcoming to their country.

The breathtaking view when you first reach Machu Picchu!

We nearly reached the summit of Huayna Picchu, but a train schedule kept us from the peak!
Back to the race, if you are interested in details, you will run/walk, crawl over 10,000 feet in elevation, traverse three ecosystems that include forest, mountains and a rain forest. This is one marathon I would never attempt!  Would you consider this race for your bucket list?
(Pam)

20 comments:

  1. You ain't lyin when you said scary elevation chart! OH. MY! No way- lol- but my avoidance of hills is legendary.

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    1. Patty, Very scary at the top of this place thinking about running to it! I also am not a fan of hills!

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  2. Pam you are such a traveler! I would love to visit some of the places you have been too!
    This looks awesome and I can't wait to run a race abroad one day :)

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    1. Karen, We got the travel bug while living overseas....and now that Tom is retired we are fortunate to be able to see some really interesting places.

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  3. No way Jose - I'll stick with the one I'm training for ;) I love the look of the Great Wall marathon - definitely an experience I'm sure!

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  4. this race is actually on my bucket list as is great wall and a few others that are deemed HARD. i like a challenge. sad ill sit out what was my dream first full but see yall at WDW in jan!

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    1. You have two very difficult marathons on your bucket list, and both in fantastic locations. Hope you get to enjoy the challenge someday and yes, we will see you at WDW!

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  5. WOW that is insane!! I've always wanted to see and hike Macchu Pichu, but I don't know about a marathon there haha :)

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    1. We wishes that we had hiked the Inca Trail, but enjoyed the trip anyways. It is in such a remote spot it is once in a lifetime!

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  6. Looks like a beautiful place to visit, but I don't think I would want to run it ( at least not all of it). I guess I'm just not that adventurous.

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    1. Neither am I. It was stunning, but I will leave the running to others!

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  7. Whoa! Nope...not for me. A regular marathon is hard enough as it is for me. I'm not adding in any more factors lol!

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    1. I agree Mindy, a regular marathon is plenty challenging for both of us!

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  8. That might just have to go on my bucket list for some time way way way into the future. I'm dying to visit Machu Picchu one day and running a marathon while there might just be the perfect excuse. Thought like I said that would be way in the future, I haven't even completed a 10K yet!

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    1. It is one scary marathon, but with proper training I am sure it is doable. Good luck with your first 10k!

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  9. That elevation chart actually churned my stomach! I think I would love to visit there and WATCH others do the marathon.

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    1. Agree Monica! Spectating seems like a big enough adventure at Macchu Picchu!

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  10. While I don't think I would want to do a race there, Macchu Picchu has been high on my list of places to visit. Amazing pictures!!

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    1. Thanks Emily, We loved our visit and it is magical place. Plan your dates wisely because the rainy season is not the time to go. We were very fortunate with weather on our trip!

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