Thank you to Kristin @ Sweat Courage for starting this challenge!
1. Antarctic Ice Marathon
(Photo Credit: Antarctic Ice Marathon Facebook Page)
A race where you run into penguins on the course? That sounds like a good time!
(Photo Credit: Telegraph: Travel)
The downside? The windchill factor can reach -20C (or -68F)!
Oh yeah, and the registration fee is 10,000 euro or $12,654. Justifying that price for a race could be just as challenging as the course itself!
2. Big 5 Marathon
In my running bucket list post I wrote all about the Big 5 Marathon in South Africa.
(Photo Credit: Big 5 Marathon Facebook Page)
In this race you get to run along side the five most famous African game: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard!
I dare you to tell me this doesn’t sound like an incredible experience!
3. Hardrock 100
Okay, I’m NEVER going to run the Hardrock 100. I doubt I’ll ever run a 100-miler period, let alone on the toughest course in the US!
The Hardrock course has over 67,000 feet of elevation change and a deceptively generous cut off time of 48 hours because it’s so tough!
BUT if a genie wanted to grant me a wish, I’d ask to finish the Hardrock 100 within the time limit and to have Scott Jurek as my pacer.
Scott won the race and set a new course record in 2007, and then in 2013 he paced Seb Chaigneau to a new course record and victory! You know those two guys are my running idols and I want to be just like them.
4. Paris to Versailles 10-Miler
(Photo Credit: ME! This picture is from our trip last month!)
While the Hardrock 100 is just a dream, I am most definitely going to make this Paris to Versailles 10-miler happen!
Runners start at the base of the Eiffel Tower, run along the Seine and race to Versailles.
I really wish Adam and I had time to visit Versailles during our trip last month, but now that I know about this race I have a good excuse to return to France!
5. London Marathon
(Photo Credit: ME!!! Another one from our trip last month!)
Similar to the Paris to Versailles race, the London Marathon WILL happen.
I cannot tell you how much I really loved London and I only saw a fraction of it! The next time I am in that beautiful city I will explore 26.2 miles of it by foot!
6. Patagonia International Marathon
I’ve been hearing little things here and there about the Patagonia marathon since it’s inception in 2012 as a few of my favorite ultra runners have raced it. The views along the course look just spectacular!
….. A GLACIER!!!!!
I want to run past a glacier!!
(Photo Credit: Official Race Website)
I know I complained an awful lot about the elevation change in Portland which was practically nothing compared to many of the courses on this list… but this girl from a flat and hot part of the world is super intrigued by mountains and cold weather!
Can you believe the Antarctica race costs $12,000 USD?!
Have you ever raced internationally? Best place you’ve raced so far?