5 Amazing Travel Marathon Destinations
With the Boston Marathon this week, it is the unofficial start to marathon season. If you’re a runner, you may be familiar with the term Travel Marathon. It means exactly what you might think, a marathon that you travel to. While many people run in their own cities, runners often like to travel to that special place to run the magical 26.2 miles. It can become a vacation combined with an athletic feat that less than 1% of Americans will ever accomplish. Here are 5 amazing places to consider for your travel marathon.
1. Bagan Temple Marathon – Myanmar
Tucked away in central Myanmar and home to more than 2,000 temples, Bagan’s beauty and historical significance is unsurpassed. Sacred pagodas and beautiful temples are scattered across the plains of Bagan creating a mystical, striking landscape. The marathon course will take runners on a voyage of discovery into this alluring and untouched land. Check it out!
2. Rome International Marathon – Italy
The start line is located in front of the 2,000 year old Colosseum, and from here is a real festival of magnificent sights. Amongst other things, you will run past St. Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and a lot of picturesque, narrow streets in the old part of the city. So, remember your camera but leave your aspirations at home – you need to appreciate all the breathtaking landmarks and to conquer the cobblestones, that cover about half the road. Check it out!
3. Big 5 Marathon – South Africa
The Big Five Marathon in South Africa is held among the wildlife of the African savannah. Runners from all over the world will meet in one of the most spectacular Big Five game reserves in Africa. In these magnificent surroundings, we combine exciting game drives with a challenging marathon route going right through the habitat of the most famous African game: Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. No fences, no rivers, nothing at all separates the runners from the African wildlife! Check it out!
4. Great Wall of China Marathon – China
5. New York City Marathon – United States
This fall marathon allows you to not only visit the “Big Apple” and the “City That Never Sleeps”, it will challenge your athletic skills too. There are several bridges as you run through all 5 boroughs of this beautiful city. Where else can you get this kind of urban background as you navigate through Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan. A tremendous city for food, culture, art, sight seeing and of course running. Check it out!