Friday, November 10, 2006

Run for Your Life!!!

Run for Your Life

Here is a look at some upcoming running events in far-flung locations.

Beirut International Marathon
Nov. 26
15,000 Hilly course, hard-to-find flights This urban course passes through several areas and buildings -- including the Chiah neighborhood and Old Saida Road -- that were hit during bombing this summer. But local organizers eliminated "horror hill," a steep climb under George Haddad Bridge that used to be a course feature near the end of the race.
Reggae Marathon
Negril, Jamaica
Dec. 2
600 5:15 a.m. start time The pre-race meal, billed as the "world's best marathon pasta party," is catered by several chefs from the resorts in and around Negril. The night before the race, there's also a "Village Bash" in the parking lot of a Burger King. Male winner gets the Bob Marley trophy. (Top female gets a Rita Marley award.)
Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
Jan. 12, 2007
2,000 Organizers call course "flat and fast" It was only a matter of time before this pulsing city joined the global marathon circuit. For the fourth edition of the race next year, organizers have drawn up a new course that incorporates the new Jumeirah Beach Road, so runners can take in all the highrises along the coast, including the distinctive, sail-like Burj Al Arab hotel.
Antarctica Marathon
Feb. 24, 2007
About 180 Freezing weather, shoe-sucking mud Runners are advised to look out for skuas -- large, low-flying birds known for their "fierecely predatory" instincts. Course also includes an ice glacier with a 17% grade. Race is organized by Boston-based Marathon Tours, with travel packages starting at $5,200/person.
Kilimanjaro Marathon
March 4, 2007
700 Dust, stifling heat This event starts and ends at a college stadium in Moshi, about an hour by plane -- or nine by bus -- from Dar es Salaam. Race shouldn't be confused with the Mt. Kilimanjaro Marathon, a different event that takes place in June; that race, now in its 17th year, loops around one course four times.
Santa Claus Marathon
Rovaniemi, Finland
June 30, 2007
500 5 p.m. start time, to take advantage of northern "white lights" American runners made up the second-largest foreign contingent at last year's race, with 23 U.S. competitors making the trek. (Germany led all foreign groups with 77 runners.) Finnish organizers expect double the turnout from last year, largely because of increased exposure through the race's new membership in AIMS, the international association of marathon directors.
Great Tibetan Marathon
Sept. 8, 2007
175 Running downhill in melting snow Much of the course is run on tough terrain of India's Ladakh Province, narrow dirt roads that often are wet from melted snow. Because of the altitude -- the race starts at 12,000 feet -- a large portion of the route is downhill. Bonus: Aid stations are staffed by Buddhist monks. Event was canceled this year due to political instability.


Tantalus said...

Not forgetting the inaugural RAK International Half Marathon - the richest half in the world scheduled for February 9th 2007 in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE (one of the 7 emirates - amazing how many people think of only Dubai!). The most northerly and coolest emirate and the birthplace of the Queen of Sheba!

1st year is a looped course with a team relay added to the fun. Flat and coastal with the mountains as a backdrop.

Jiten said...

Just so that you knowm, the Great Tibetan marathon has been rescheduled for July 21st 2007, instead of a later date in september.


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