Have you ever run not to reach the finish line but to conquer one of the wonders of the world? If you answered no, this is your chance.
Inca Trail Marathon and Races:
Since 1998, a local tourism agency has organized the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Marathon, which is a strenuous run over mountain terrain that takes you from 8,000 to 13,500 feet to reach the Lost City of the Incas. This is recommended for very experienced runners.
If you aren’t a professional runner, there are two less strenuous alternatives, the Classic Inca Trail In-A-Day 30K (19 miles) and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Running Adventure, READ MORE
Marathons in Colombia have become an important leisure and fitness activity. For globetrotters looking for good places to run and practice for marathons throughout the year, check out a complete calendar of sport activities you won’t want to miss. In Colombia, May, August and September are great months to find road races and other competitions. You can sign up as an individual or as a group for a chance to win prizes of up to 30.000.000 Colombian pesos (USD$17.000). READ MORE
Run for Fun at this Altitude?!
It was a bit of a surprise to find out there are a lot of enthusiastic runners in the Andes, but it was a shock to discover they have been around for 50 years.
I assumed the idea of “running for fun” was a North American concept, but it seems to have just as long a tradition in Quito.
The tradition of running for fun has grown to the point where you can find road races, marathons, and other competitions throughout the country, at every altitude, almost every week. Find a complete list of races by month and city at Carreras Ecuador.
Last month Quito celebrated the 50th anniversary of its “Últimas Noticias” 15K run, sponsored by the El Comercio Newspaper. READ MORE
Road races are increasingly becoming more popular in Chile. Nowadays it’s easy to run a marathon on Santiago’s streets or a triathlon or a road race in other regions of the country throughout the year. All you have to do is search for these runs and sign up!
The first triathlon took place in Chile’s capital, Santiago, in 1984… and it was a huge success! Two years later another triathlon was organized, but this time in the beautiful town of Pucón (southern Chile). By the year 1988, the Pucón event was introduced to the world when the North American journalist C. J. Olivares wrote an article for Triathlete Magazine. It then achieved global recognition in 1989 with the participation of six-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion, Mark Allen. READ MORE
Last year, more than 7,000 runners crossed the finish line of the Buenos Aires Marathon and set a record for the biggest running race in the history of the nation. This year, on October 7th, the city is aiming to break that record yet again. If the countless marathon fliers papering the capital right now are any indication, this year’s race may very well be its largest yet.
If you want to be a part of the action, you can sign up online. Register now, before August 1st, and the participation fee is just AR $135 for residents of Argentina – or USD $70 for foreigners. After that date, the price jumps to AR $165 for Argentines and to USD $80 foreigners, until entry is closed on Friday, September 28th. READ MORE