Running Marathons in Europe8/27/2009
As an avid runner, I wanted to compile a short list of racing events to attend in Europe. I’ll stick to running, since that’s what I know.
Running events don’t get nearly the publicity in the U.S like say some of the more popular cycling events, I.E. The Tour de France. However, the scenic views and old country backdrops provide an unforgetable experience.
To simplify your quest for the perfect road races throughout Europe, I have found a few that will certainly be fun and memorable.
1. The Stockholm Marathon and Half- Marathon (Sweden)- this popular road race usually occurs in late September. In addition to mingling with some of the locals, you will also get to sight- see throughout the race since many of Stockholm’s landmarks are showcased on the race trail.
2. La Grande Classique (Paris, France)- with a race course from the Eiffel Tower to the Palace of Versailles, a tourist could not ask for better scenery. This distance of this race is 16 km (9.94 mi).
3. Amesterdam Marathon (The Netherlands)- over 20,000 European runners are expected to participate in the October 18th race. This course will also feature many of Amesterdam’s scenic canals and historic structures.
4. Köln Marathon (Germany)- if you like fun runs, you will love this race! Starting and ending at Colgne, this marathon features great German beer at the end of the race. Thousands of runners will be running and celebrating at this popular fun race.
5. Garda Trentino Half- Marathon (Italy)- this race is known for its beautiful course. Beginning at Riva del Garda, you will go through Torbole, Arco, and along the Sarca river. This race takes place on November 15.
Running is universal, a love shared from America to the smallest of towns in Europe. Running a race in Europe allows you to truly understand European culture. Sometimes, a good road race is the only tour guide you need.