If You Are Thinking About A “Racecation,” Check These Out
Many fitness junkies drool for a vacation that includes athletic activity. If you are one of those people, you may want to try to line up with these adventures when planning a trip.
Here are 15 Racecations to add to your fitness Bucket List
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Suzuki Midnight Sun Run In Iceland
Held on one of the longest days of the year (the sun will set for less than three hours on race day). The course begins in the streets of the valley Laugardalur and ventures through the outdoorsy hub Elliðaárdalur valley, where you’ll stride alongside farmed salmon rivers. Recover from the race with a post-run dip in Laugardalslaug, a geothermal outdoor lap pool with several hot tubs located near the start/finish. Admission is free with your race entry.
Iditarod Trail Invitational In Knik, Alaska
Adding some chill to our race list, in this invitational, participants run, fat bike, or ski the 1,000 mile, Iditarod course. Since the inaugural year of 2000, only a few dozen individuals have finished the race to Nome.
Great Wall Half Marathon, China
Simultaneously break a serious sweat and experience the Great Wall, a one-of-a-kind UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. As you tackle the route traversing east to west, you’ll encounter lots (and lots) of stairs—2,528 steps in total—as well as rolling trails, steep climbs and downhills, and both cobblestone and unpaved sections. (Note: In order to run the race, you’ll need to purchase a travel package.) – Runners World
Nautica Malibu Triathlon In Malibu, California
The Nautica Malibu Triathlon is one of the most beautiful races in the U.S. Aside from breathtaking views and a swim in the Pacific Ocean, you get a chance to race with celebrities and Olympians. The course includes a half-mile ocean swim, an 18-mile out-and-back bike course, and a 4-mile out-and-back run course.
Mount Washington Hill Climb In New Hampshire
The Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is known as one of the toughest hill climbs in the world. At 7.6 miles in length, it has an average grade of 12 percent with extended sections of 18 percent. The last 50 yards is an amazing 22 percent! One of the most challenging factors of this race is the unpredictable weather.
Leadville Trail MTB 100 in Colorado
The Leadville Trail MTB 100 will take you 100 miles across the high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies. The race takes a lot of skill and experience– it starts at 10,000 feet as you ride upwards to more than 12,000 feet. The course consists of roughly fifty percent dirt road and fifty percent fast, single track. However, the stunning views make this ride all the much better.
Challenge Roth In Roth, Germany
The Challenge Roth is the Tour de France of triathlons. It’s exciting, thrilling, challenging, and beautiful. The race is a five-time winner of the “Race of the Year” award. If you are thinking about checking off an Ironman distance race (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 run) on your bucket list, this is the event to choose.
Glacier Half Marathon in East Glacier Village, Montana
This course is BEAUTIFUL. First you will climb for 5 miles and then it’s all downhill from there. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Glacier National Park as you climb Looking Glass Hill. Next, you will gaze at Two Medicine Lake during miles 5-8 (Just don’t get too mesmerized… you don’t want to trip). Lastly, you will finish on the beautiful front lawn of Glacier Park Lodge.
Hood To Coast Relay In Mt Hood, Oregon
Known as the “Mother of All Relays,” this race is a 199 mile relay event. Every year, over 12,000 people race from the base of Mt. Hood to the beaches at Seaside through a picturesque course that showcases every landscape Oregon has to offer. Filled with star lit roads, crazy costumes, and beach party fireworks, the Hood to Coast relay is a truly unique and unforgettable experience!
L’Étape du Tour In Nice, France
L’Etape Du Tour gives you the opportunity to ride an actual stage of the Tour de France under the same conditions as the professionals. Riding through some of the most beautiful places in France makes the event a tourist adventure.
Nevis – St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim In Oualie Beach, Nevis
The annual Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim is the perfect challenge for swimmers of all abilities. Swim across the 4km (2.5 miles) ‘Narrows’ between the two sister islands, in a truly unique experience! Starting at Oualie Beach on Nevis and finishing at the Reggae Beach Bar in Cockelshell Bay, St Kitts. With the warm crystal clear water and local sea life accompanying you on your journey, this event really is an open water swimmer’s dream!
JUNGFRAU-MINIMARATHON And MARATHON In Schweiz, SwitzerlandIn The Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir
The mini marathon is a run for everyone – whether you’re young or an adult or just prefer a more leisurely pace. Walkers and Nordic walkers are welcome too! It leads through constantly changing scenery – alongside the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz, through traditional mountain villages and past awe-inspiring mountain backdrops. The atmosphere and enthusiasm along the entire route is underscored by flag throwers, alphorn players and bell ringers.
Rebecca’s Private Idaho In Ketchum, Idaho
Rebecca’s Private Idaho involves pedaling some of the most stunning valleys and mountains in the USA. This grinder of a ride is challenging because of the hills, altitude, and gravel. It starts out at 6,000 feet in Ketchum and by the end of the day, you will have crested almost 8,000 feet twice.
Flowers Sea Swim In Grand Cayman Islands
The Flowers Sea Swim is a challenging and a beautiful open water swim event (1 mile, 5K, 10K). Visit and take a selfie with stingrays at Stingray City, a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Snorkeling and diving at outer islands and eating local seafood are other favorite activities. You’ll also get a chance to swim with Olympians (current and former).
TCS New York City Marathon In New York
Runners love this challenging course! It includes three bridges throughout the 26.2 miles and the participants receive waves of support along the way. Almost more than 60,000 people participate each year in this iconic race, making it the largest marathon in the world. For many people this is the only way to see all five boroughs of the city that never sleeps. It’s held on the first Sunday in November every year!