Participating in foot races renowned for their breathtaking landscapes is not far from evil. However, they attract more and more amateurs who like the idea of having their eyes full of them at the same time as the guibolles.
1. The Atacama Crossing in Chile
Would you like some more desert? The Atacama Crossing is one of the 4 stages of the 4Deserts challenge made up of 4 races which take place in Chile, therefore, but also in the Gobi Desert, the Sahara and Antarctica. On the program of the Atacama Crossing, 250 km to be covered in short strides spread over 7 days to discover the lunar landscapes of the Chilean highlands. And who says high, necessarily says with a limited oxygen level… A race that should not be recommended for Gitanes smokers!
2. The Midnight Sun Marathon in Norway
There are the midnight baths and the midnight run which, as its name suggests, takes place under the midnight sun. A quirk made possible in the city of Tromso in Norway near the Arctic Circle, where every year in June, the sun never sets. Even in the middle of the night, the rays of the sun pierce the distant horizon and light up the strides of the participants in the most northerly running race on the globe.
3. The Medoc Marathon
Drink or run, you won’t have to choose in this fun race. A trip of 42 terminals in the middle of the Médoc vineyards with refreshments that give pride of place to local products. An experience for everyone, including those who have a bottle!
4. The Inca trail in Peru
Follow in the footsteps of the Inca messengers (chasquis) who roamed the mountains to transmit the text messages of their kings. On the program, 3000 vertical meters uphill and 3300 meters downhill with a peak at 4215 meters above sea level! Fortunately, your efforts will be handsomely rewarded with a scheduled arrival at Machu Picchu.
5. The Tenzing-Hillary Marathon in Nepal
In 1953, the British Sir Edmund Hillary accompanied by the Nepalese Sherpa Norgay Tenzing successfully climbed Everest for the first time in history. 50 years later, nice organizers decided to honor this achievement to organize in their footsteps, the highest marathon in the world with a summit reaching 8848.86 meters. To have a chance of finishing the race, each participant must acclimatize to the altitude for at least 3 weeks!
6. Ice Marathon in Antarctica
We go back down to sea level but above all in temperature with this race on the frozen ground of Antarctica. With a thermometer that regularly drops below -20°C, you would never think one day of dreaming of running in moonboots!
7. The Big Sur Marathon in California
The race takes place on one of the most beautiful roads of the Californian coast, those which one generally sees in advertisements for overpriced sedans. 42 kilometers which will amaze you, in particular because of a headwind which plays the pain. Fortunately, the scenery is there to give you courage between the giant redwoods, the waves packed in rollers and the green pastures. Halfway through the race, a musician in a tuxedo plays the piano to give momentum to the participants, especially to cross the 13 hills that await them in the last kilometers.
8. Safaricom marathon in Kenya
But what is this herd of oddly dressed bipeds chasing after each other in the savannah for more than 42 miles? This is undoubtedly what the lions, rhinos, giraffes and other animals of the famous reserve wonder each year, as they see the participants of the Safaricom marathon pass before their eyes. To ensure the safety of the participants, 140 rangers and 3 helicopters are present to prevent these large mammals from adding to the difficulties of the event which is already taking place in high heat and an average altitude of 1700 m!
9. The Australian Outback marathon
42, 21, 11 or 6km, the race adapts to everyone’s level with always this red color which characterizes the tracks which wind in the Australian bush. Some sand dunes also invite themselves to the game, just to give relief to the pleasure of running under the gaze of the Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) mountains.
10. The New York Marathon
If you’ve ever set foot in NY, you probably know the energy that overflows from this city. A unique setting that welcomes marathon runners from around the world every year in the fall who come to pretend to be tourists while stretching their legs, with undoubtedly the best memory, the welcome and encouragement of New Yorkers who are worth all the panoramas of the world.