Competing in an endurance event can be thrilling. The crowds. The adrenaline. The months of training finally culminating into one experience. And for even more of a rush, you can sign-up for a race that takes place in an inspiring or never-before-visited location. After all, traveling in itself is an adventure, so why not take it to another level with an endurance event?
Here are 10 daring destination events, some for beginners and some for those who love a challenge.
You may not even notice the 26.2 miles as you amble along through the French countryside, taking in chateaus and sweeping green fields. April 12, 2015
This triathlon might feel more like a tropical vacation, complete with views of palm trees and a swim in warm ocean waters. May 17, 2015
Whistler, British Columbia is famous for skiing, but it has also come to be well known for its intense seven-day mountain-bike race. Hit the trails and the inclines for an experience that will test your athletic abilities. June 27–July 4, 2015
Head to Greece for this race following the route of Pheidippides, the ancient hero who delivered news of a military victory by running the 153 miles between Athens to Sparta. September 25, 2015
This ultra-running event takes place in none other than the lush Brazilian rainforests. Sign up if you can handle that jungle humidity.
If you have nerves of steel, this Australian triathlon event is for you. Overlook the Great Barrier Reef as you swim, bike and run one of Ironman’s most beautiful courses. June 14, 2015
Who says you have to take a red double-decker bus to see all of London’s most spectacular sites? See them in all of their glory during this marathon instead. April 26, 2015
This is the mother of all mountain races. Run rocky trails and see snow-capped mountains in this Switzerland-based running event offered at varying distances. July 25, 2015
You might be thinking, Oh, a half-marathon. That’s not nearly as intimidating as an ultra-marathon. But for this event, you would be wrong. The desert setting and undulating elevations make for a challenging race.
Believe it or not, there is a marathon that exists in which participants run through the savannahs of South Africa alongside gazelles and giraffes. You may even surprise yourself and outrun a cheetah.
Anyone who’s visited a destination known for its northern lights viewing during certain times of the year knows, just because you visit doesn’t mean you’ll be able to actually see the northern lights. A lot has to come together for them to be visible, and if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you might be out of luck. However, a new cruise aims to help travelers avoid the disappointment of traveling across the world just to be left lightless.
Experience the life-changing destination of Greece by exploring its island gems in the Ionian Sea. Scattered off the western coastline of Central Greece, to the south of Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands are an island group comprising large and small islands.
With the NFL season in full swing and games already booked for months, there’s more than one reason to look forward to cheering on your favorite team. What better way to celebrate (or mourn a loss) after a game than visiting some great bars within walking distance of these massive NFL stadiums?
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips.
More and more travelers want to feel good about the hotel they stay in and the trips they take. They want to know their vacation isn’t harming the environment and local community they are visiting. These hotels go above and beyond when it comes to giving back to local communities, employees, the environment and more.