Runcation is term that has been coined to described running and holidaying in one. It could be a trip half way around the world to compete in a world-class marathon or an iconic running event to tick off your bucket list. If you’ve never given much though to runcations, here are four mind-blowing places to spend your next running holiday.
New York City Marathon
As one of the world’s most famous marathons, you’d be excused for breaking out ‘If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you New York, New York mid race. It’s the big kahuna of the race day events. Aside from feeling like you’re running through the set of every movie you’ve ever seen, you may end up keeping pace with a celebrity or two. Last year Catfish’s Nev Schulman, Australian DJ/Producer and famed daughter of Bob Gedolf Tigerlily and Marvel’s Theo Rossi, all competed in the 2016 marathon. It takes place on November 5, so there’s still time to start training.
Two Oceans Marathon
Described as the world’s most beautiful marathon, this ultra event is held every year in Cape Town, South Africa. There are several distances and fun runs to choose from including the 12km, 24k and the 56km. It takes place on the Cape Peninsula in every Easter weekend. The scenery is nothing, if not breath-taking, taking in False Bay, Fish Hoek, Chapman’s Peak and Constantia Neck. Put it on your bucket list as you’ve got plenty of time to save up and start training for next year’s event.
The Inca Trail Marathon
Not for the faint hearted, this race event will test even the most elite athlete. This is one of the world’s hardest marathons with the finish line at Machu Picchu. After the marathon, take a few days to explore ancient ruins, visit local markets or try white water rafting. The next marathon will take place 12 July, 2018.
FWD North Pole Marathon
This is a once-in-a-lifetime race is yet another elite event that is limited to 55 people on a first come, first served basis. Runners must be flexible because the times and dates as they may be subject to change. The main obstacles are the cold and the underfoot terrain. Experience running on ice and snow will be hugely beneficial. The race is scheduled to take place April 9, 2018.