Running Vacations. You travel to a destination that screams your name, and you experience it unlike any way you’ve done before. Many of these adventures take you to places you can only reach by foot. They test your limits and keep you fit all while providing an exhilarating experience. We’ve listed 7 vacations that every runner should add to their bucket list.
1. Patagonia, Chile
This isn’t an easy spot, but it’ll hands down be one of the most stunning routes you will tour. Each September, Torres del Paine National Park is home to the Patagonian International Marathon along with an 10k, half and ultra route.
2. KwaZulu-Natal Coastline, South Africa
For the big runners out there, this is usually a top bucket list race. Founded in 1921, this now annual event races along the coast between Durban and Pietermaritzburg for 56 miles. Check out the Comrades Marathon.
3. Lewa Wildlife Conservation, Kenya
Race the wild animals, and go up against some of the world’s top long distance runners through the hot, African savannah. The Safaricom Marathon runs every June and raises funds for conservation and community development across Kenya.
4. Athens, Greece
It’s said that those who run The Athens Marathon, cover the same ground that the Athenian messengers Phiedippides ran when he brought news of victory from the battlefields of Marathon 2500 years ago. The course was also run in 2004 for the Olympics in Greece.
5. The Himalayas, Nepal
The Everest Marathon is held each year in May at 7600 feet above sea level. While this race is mainly downhill, this snowy trail is not for beginners. All runners are required to spend a minimum of 3 weeks acclimatising to the altitude.
6. Ometepe, Nicaragua
Formed by two volcanoes rising out of Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe is a stunning place to run through and enjoy cold springs. Take the 8 KM trail heading up Maderas Volcano and soak in the views with the howler monkeys.
7. Atlas Mountains + The Sahara Desert, Morrocco
This tour offered by RunTheWorld takes 16 runners and 3 expedition leads for a week for a total of 96 miles of 6 days from the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert.