As some of you may know, I’m a runner. A great way to travel, is to travel for a purpose, like running, for example. Many people travel all over the world just to run a marathon in a different country. For many, it has become a whole new bucket list in and of itself.
Last year, I ran the Berlin Halfmarathon and fell in love with this idea of travelling to run. Maybe of the courses chosen for the races are within beautiful parts of the city so you get to experience the city sightseeing at a fast pace (pardon the pun). As the Berliner Halbmarathon likes to call it; “the fastest “Sightseeing Tour” in sneakers.” It really was a sightseeing tour.
The race started at Alexanderplatz, then made its way past the Berlin Cathedral, to the Brandenburg Gate, down the street of the 17. Juni, through the Tierpark, past the Charlottenburg Palace, through the posh shopping area and the KaDeWe, next to Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie. As you can see, there was a lot to see in this “short” distance. It’s easy to get distracted from running with all the scenery, which often makes the run a little easier.
To give you an idea, here are a few races that are on my bucket list:
- New York City Marathon: the biggest marathon in the world with over 50,000 runners
- Athens Authentic Marathon: where the first ever marathon took place.
- Antartica Ice Marathon: running in Antartica…. can you imagine?
- 3-Country Marathon: the run starts in Germany, makes its way through Austria, Switzerland and back. No passport needed!
- Niagra Falls International Marathon: Start in Buffalo, NY and make your way up to Ontario with a finish next to the amazing Niagra Falls.
- Disney World Marathon: run with all your favourite Disney characters
I mostly run half-marathons, and let me tell you, there are even more amazing half-marathons out there for you to check out!