Marathons are garnering global interest by keen travellers
If you are a `fitness adventurer', you will know that holidays that focus around fitness and fun (Marathon Vacations) are truly the magic words with Indians, of late. We bring further joy to you where you can plan an outdoor long weekend getaway option from your city .
THE BIG FIVE MARATHON
Region: Entabeni Game Reserve
Date: June 24, 2017
The Big Five Marathon in the Entabeni Game Reserve in the Limpopo province--which lies between Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park-of South Africa, is held among the wildlife of the African savannah. Runners from all over the world congregate in one of the most spectacular Big Five game reserves in Africa. The Big Five Marathon follows a testing route through hills, valleys, ravines and gorges, as well as woodlands and open savannahs.
The race course is set in the most beautiful and challenging of terrains. In fact, there is a lot of variation in the course. The Big Five Marathon features a classic 42.195km marathon and a half marathon.The first 11km has a lot of climbing, followed by 5km of quick descent. After 8km of flat running there is a steep climb from 25-30km. Although the last 12km has some climb, the hardest part of the race is behind you. The total elevation is 1,145m.
The run is certainly not for the faint-hearted considering that a runner might encounter unusual situations where one is either running past a lake full of hippopotamus or be witness to a herd of bison running quite close by or a sky full of amazing birds.Running with the animals remains a quite incredible experience. In the end, one would've run over all kinds of animal tracks. Although being close to animals could be slightly scary or unnerving for someoverall it is quite safe with the rangers close by .
When: October 8, 2017
Region: Lochau-Swiss BorderBregenz
The course of the 3-Lander Marathon is though three countries and begins from the beautiful Island of Lindau -harbour, then passes through the Austrian towns Lochau, Bregenz, Hard, Höchst, it then crosses the Swiss border at St. Margreten and continues across the Rheindamm back to Hard and finally finishes in Bregenz.
Consider it a marathon to enjoy . Over 60 per cent of the course takes place along Lake Constance. You pass the world's largest open theatre, with the stage design of the opera Turandot. Then passing through reeds and woods, you finally finish in the Casino-Stadium in Bregenz, where a cheering crowd awaits you. Many also call the last part of this marathon as a gift for your soul. That's because, shortly before crossing the finish line, you pass the antique abbey Mehrerau, a place of peace and spirituality. The marathon consists of five races and offers all participants a suitable choice of events.
PATAGONIAN INT MARATHON 2017
When: September 9, 2017
Whether you are an elite runner or just an enthusiast, you will be welcome here. Just come feel the energy of nature.The sixth edition of the Patagonian International Marathon will maintain the classic race distances of 42K, 21K, and 10K. The shared finish line for all distances will be located at the spectacular Hotel Río Serrano. The race route will be located to the South of the majestic Torres del Paine National Park.
GRAND CANYON HALF MARATHON
When: October 14, 2017
Set for its fourth annual running this fall along the trails and forest roads near the South Rim of the majestic Grand Canyon, the Grand Canyon Half Marathon expect to draw as many as 1,500 runners out to one of the world's true natural wonders. From the starting line, the race follows a counter-clockwise loop around the trails -including the Grand Canyon Village Greenway -and forest roads that run through the Kaibab National Forest.
By Nimisha Tiwari