Running while on holiday
IF you are a marathon runner, an ideal way to maintain your motivation is to go on runcations, a word coined to mean planning your vacation around a particular run. It’s a great way to experience a new place as running routes usually allow you to discover nooks and crannies you might not otherwise.
Most marathons are designed to showcase a particular locale, town or city, and they range from beach marathons, like in the Goldcoast and the Bahamas, city marathons like Boston and Tokyo, altitude marathons in Bhutan and the Everest, heritage marathons like in Ha Long Bay and the Great Wall of China, marathons in harsh climates like the Polar Circle marathon, and the Des Sables marathon in the Moroccan desert.
Here are some of location marathons in Southeast Asia worth travelling for. The Bagan temple Marathon will take runners
on a voyage of discovery. BAGAN TEMPLE MARATHON, MYANMAR Tucked away in central Myanmar on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, or Ayeyarwaddy River, the ancient site of Bagan is home to more than 2,000 Buddhist temples. The race course will take runners on a voyage of discovery into this alluring land where sacred pagodas are scattered across the plains creating a mystical, stunning landscape.
Dating back 1,000 years, these beautiful places of worship showcase the glorious era of 11th-century kings and Bagan’s beauty and historical significance is unsurpassed. The Bagan Temple Marathon starts and finishes at Htilominlo Temple, built in 1211 and known for its fine plaster carvings. Runners will have ample opportunity to admire the beautiful temples of Bagan and be distracted from the scorching heat and sandy route.
The area’s small villages exude an aura of yesteryear and you will get a sense of what life was like 100 years ago as you run through these traditional settlements.
For details, log onto: http://bagan-templemarathon.com.