Destination Races

If you like running and you like traveling, what better combination is there than destination races? Choosing a new location for your races can introduce you to new runners, techniques, or even parts of the world.

Where to Run

Great Alaskan Cruise Marathon: This is a maritime marathon where you run when you reach a port of call, then climb back on board until you reach your next port and takes place July 23-30, 2011. You’ll go round-trip from Seattle, port 3 times in Alaska, and once in Vancouver for a healthy mix of racing and leisure.

  • Deck Race aboard the Westerdam: 3 miles
  • Juneau, AK: 10 mile Trail Race
  • Sitka, AK: 10K Amazing Race
  • Ketchikan, AK: 7 mile Trail Race


Metro Dash Salt Lake City: More than just running, a Metro Dash involves climbing, crawling, jumping, and swinging through 30 obstacles. There are more locations nationwide but this one takes place on July 30, 2011.


Maui Marathon: This event offers a marathon, a half marathon, and a 5K. The Maui Marathon starts in Kahului and ends in Kaanapali on September 18, 2011.

Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis: This race is new to St. Louis and the course won’t even be revealed until June 15. (Update! The course map is here) On October 23, 2011 there will be both a marathon and a half marathon. The Rock ‘n’ Roll race here is part of a nationwide tour of races so there are more destinations available to travel to.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas: While I mentioned above that there are several Rock ‘n’ Roll races, this one in Las Vegas stands out above the rest. You’ll start and stop at Mandalay Bay and run around the Vegas strip all at the world’s largest nighttime running event. The race in Vegas is held on December 4, 2011 and starts at 4 PM.

Las Vegas Marathon December 5, 2010

Honolulu Marathon: You’ll start this race at Honolulu Harbor and end at Kapiolani Park. This race is scheduled for December 11, 2011 and will take you past the top sites on Waikiki Beach.

Walt Disney World Marathon: Many runners consider this marathon the start of training season for its January 8, 2012 start date. It includes a full weekend of activities including a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, a marathon and a half, a 5K, and races for kids. After the race is over you can party in the park. Disney has races year round so you can choose a race that fits your schedule.

disney marathon at mgm

Big Sur International Marathon: Runner’s World Magazine voted this race as their #1 destination race pick. The next race is scheduled for April 29, 2012 and runners travel from Big Sur to Carmel. There’s also a 5K scheduled for the same day in Carmel’s shopping district.

Great Wall Marathon: Don’t stick to just American races. During this Chinese marathon you’ll run past villages and actually along the Great Wall of China. Elevations have the chance to run you down but think of this race as something to aspire to and not to work on a personal best at. This marathon takes place on May 19, 2012 and also includes a half marathon, 10K, and a 5K.

How to Save

Big Sur International Marathon finish line

Just because you’re traveling to a race doesn’t mean you want to spend all your money and energy. Here’s some tips on how to save:

  • Register early. Discounts are usually offered if you book in advance.
  • Check if your race has a travel package. This can be a great way to get a hotel room and see the top local attractions for one up-front price.
  • Locate race sponsors. Check the website or any documents you get for a chance to save at local hotels and restaurants.
  • Arrive a day or more ahead. This one seems counter-intuitive but you would hate for flight delays to mean you miss the race you paid for or for jetlag to slow you down. Consider saving the race for the end or middle of your multi-day vacation.
  • Find a race buddy. You’ll get more support for your race and find someone to split the cost of your hotel with.
  • Pack a lunch. Choose a hotel with a fridge inside so you can run to a grocery store and stock up on food. Not only will you save money over eating at restaurants, you’ll feel healthier for your race as well.
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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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