Run­ning while on hol­i­day

New Straits Times - - Jom! -

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-tem­ple­

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