The World Bucket List of Half Marathons
You have successfully completed your training and now are looking where to run on your first half marathon. In this post we are going to look at some extraordinary places around the world that you can run a half marathon.
Bhutan International Half Marathon
Possibly one of the highest half marathon running events in the world, this is an adventure on the real wild side. The mysterious landlocked country of Bhutan is high up in the Himalayas between China and India. The race takes place at over six and a half thousand feet and many runners struggle with the high altitude in terms of breathing. The view this high up of the spectacular mountains will also take your breath away.
International Moorea Half Marathon
Not many people will have ever traveled to this part of French Polynesia, to the small island located in the Society Group of Islands. The race takes place on the northern shore of Moorea, with its jagged rocks around its volcanic mountain. Runners will take in stunning sandy beaches passing Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay on to the finish line.
Two Oceans Marathon
This race will take you to where two oceans meet, this part of South Africa is where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. The course takes place in the shadow of Table Mountain and is mostly in the Table Mountain National Park. On certain days the low cloud covers the flat top of the mountain and it is affectionately known by the locals as the Table Cloth.
Dubrovnik Half Marathon
Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities anywhere on the Mediterranean, and this famous city in Croatia is the home to a superb half marathon. The course takes place mostly in the old part of the town, it follows the walls of the city and on to the Stradun, which is the most famous street in Dubrovnik.
Sierra Leone Half Marathon
The Sierra Leone half marathon has been called the craziest and most worthwhile, by Runner’s World magazine. The race is a romp through dense jungle and forests just outside Makeni. The half marathon is run in aid of Street Child, which is a charity involved in trying to get street kids back to their families in west Sierra Leone.
Half on the Head
One of the most peculiarly named half marathons but immensely enjoyable for the runners as it takes in some of the most beautiful countryside in Ireland. Most of the course is along the wild Atlantic Way and there are stunning views of both the ocean and the west coast, taking in the Cliffs of Dooneen, Mount Brandon and Tralee Bay.
Pikes Peak Ascent Half Marathon
This difficult run is one of the hardest in the world to complete, as you are basically tackling a run up the famous Colorado mountain, and if you are fit enough to complete the course you will be fourteen thousand feet above sea level.
This is possibly the most challenging run of all the half marathons in the world, and for athletes that compete the course is nothing after Pikes Peak will test you as much again. These great races will take you around the world to see magnificent countryside and amazing oceans, you will marvel at volcanoes and wonder at magnificent mountains.