5 Best Car Hire Escapes: Marathons
If your New Year’s resolutions involved travel and fitness, this post is for you. We’ve travelled the world to find some of the long-distance running events that appeal most to us, so if you need an extra incentive to get fit this year, take a look at these five stunning marathon locations. Then lace up your running shoes – and book your car hire!
Hire a car in George Town this December and run the local marathon. First run in 2003, the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon makes those blisters a little easier to bear with its tropical Caribbean setting, friendly atmosphere, and super-flat course. Add to that some of the world’s best beaches for your recovery, and you have what may be the most relaxing marathon you will ever run.
The closest you’ll get to the original marathon, the Athens Marathon follows in the footsteps of Pheidippides, who is said to have run from Marathon to Athens in 490 B.C. to report that Athens had won the Battle of Marathon. Taking place in November, this marathon traces his (ultimately fatal) path over tortuous hills to the triumphant setting of the white marble Panathenaic Stadium.
International Marathon of Marrakech
If you’d like a running adventure with an exotic edge, rent a car in Morocco and run the International Marathon of Marrakech next January. This is a no-frills marathon(i.e. no toilets), but the flat course and balmy conditions make it as pleasant as a marathon can be. Enjoy a setting of olive groves and orangeries as curious camels look on and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains tower in the background.
Niagara Falls International Marathon
Prepare to cross the border in October with the Niagara Falls International Marathon, which starts in Buffalo, New York, and finishes in Ontario, Canada. You can still register a PB (personal best), as customs clearance is taken care of when you pick up your race number.
Join 1,500 runners as you make your way over the International Peace Bridge (the only hill on the course) before entering Ontario for 18 miles on Niagara Parkway. There’s a stunning photo finish at the brink of the breathtaking Niagara Falls.
Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon
Make sure to rent your car in Bangkok well in advance for the Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon in November. You’ll start your 26.2 mile run at 2A.M. to beat the heat of the sultry Thai capital, setting off on a loop lined with cultural treasures that starts and ends at the glittering Grand Palace, the city’s most celebrated landmark and site of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. You won’t mind the heat though, as aid stations loaded with watermelon and staffed by exceptionally cheery volunteers will keep you going.