When training for a race, going on vacation can be anything but relaxing. You must plan where to do your runs and schedule your itinerary such that you can fit everything into your day without compromising your training. A recent phenomenon is the “runcation,” where runners plan their races and vacations together, giving them the best of both worlds.
New York Road Runners Five Boroughs Series
Want to see New York from an entirely different perspective? Sign up for one of NYRRs races through the five boroughs, such as the NYC Half Marathon, Brooklyn Half Marathon, Queens 10k, Bronx 10 Mile, or Staten Island Half and tour the streets while they are shut down especially for you. Afterwards, visit Coney Island, check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or spend the day in Times Square.
Estes Park Half and Full Marathon
Rocky Mountain National Park not only provides some of the greatest views in all of Colorado, but also one of the most challenging and scenic road races. The Estes Park half/full distances takes runners to elevations nearly 8,000 ft above sea level, making this race the highest elevation marathon on a paved surface. Afterwards, explore the shops in Rocky Mountain National Park and treat yourself to dessert and a beer at the local brewery. Post race, shake out your legs by exploring one of the park’s many nature trails while taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, elk herds, and wildlife.
Disney World Marathon
For runners with children, what better way to cap off a training cycle than taking the family to Walt Disney World as an excuse to run a half or full marathon? With many races to choose from, including the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon, the Star Wars Half Marathon, and the Disney Princess Half, there is sure to be an event that fits your family’s interests. Each event also has a children’s race, which creates special memories for everyone involved.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Looking for a non-race vacation that is fun for the whole family, yet still provides plenty of chances to run? The Indiana Dunes, located on Lake Michigan, has 25 miles of sandy beaches complete with approximately 25 miles of runner-friendly nature trails. Located directly on the South Shore line, a quick trip into downtown Chicago is made easy. This runcation is perfect for city, beach, and nature lovers alike.