Run Away on a Runcation

While most people take a holiday to relax, runcations are for the exact opposite.

Run Away on a Runcation
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A runcation combines travel with running. These fitness holidays are built around an official event such as a marathon, triathlon or fun run. From the Great Wall of China to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or even the beaches of Jamaica – after researching your options online or with a travel agent, you could transform almost any vacation into an opportunity to compete.

Where and How?

Runcations have emerged as an alternative to the traditional spa or poolside holiday. While you could always participate in a local marathon, travelling overseas for a race turns the event into even more of an experience.

You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to join in either. Events such Bermuda Marathon Weekend with its mile and 10K races and Australia’s Great Ocean Road Marathon, which also includes a 1.5km kids’ run, two fun runs and a half-marathon, encourage tourists of all fitness levels to have a go.

If you’re really up for a challenge, running the mountains of the Scottish Highlands has become very popular. Hill runs, trail runs, triathlons and duathlons are all available and you can complete your snowy trek alone or with a group. These extreme runcations can also be customised for those who like to experience the landscape via their own unique route.

How to Prepare

Runcations involve a little more preparation than renewing your passport and packing enough spare socks.

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