Running the Globe: A New Life Goal
Running throughout my semester abroad and completing my first race in another country has opened my eyes to new, international running opportunities. Running abroad inspired and motivated me in my running in a new way, and taught me that this sport is global, and loved by people worldwide. Combining my love for running and traveling, I have begun to research where my next travels will take me, and with that, some of the best marathons in places I want to travel – in Europe and around the world. My new goal? To run the globe!
Five Races on my “Global Marathon Bucket List”
Here are just five races across the globe that I researched and find inspiring. I hope these places and races will inspire you, too, and will spark that travel bug inside of you as they did for me!
Run the marathon course that started it all! This marathon covers the same ground in Athens that the Greek messenger Phiedippides took over 2,500 years ago to deliver the news of victory from the battlefield of Marathon. The finish line is in the Athens’ Olympic Stadium, which is seen as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. One of the most historical marathon courses in the world, the Athens Marathon is definitely going on my “global marathon bucket list!”
I may be a little biased after living in London for nearly four months, but running the London Marathon would not only be a good excuse to make my return to London, but it would allow me to run one of the largest marathons in the world! The course has you run across the Thames River via the Tower Bridge and passes some of London’s most iconic landmarks including Big Ben, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace. Since it is one of the largest, much like the Boston Marathon, it might be a bit more challenging and require some extra work to get into this one!
Rome was one of my favorite European cities I visited this fall while studying abroad, which makes the Rome Marathon very enticing. Like London, the Rome Marathon has you running through this historical city and passing the most iconic sites, including Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. Although Rome is known as the “city of seven hills,” the race is mostly flat, but I would want to make sure to take the time to appreciate all the breathtaking landmarks!
Rio de Janeiro Marathon
Rio de Janiero is definitely on my list of cities to travel to in South America. Rio is famous for its picturesque coastline and views of the Serra do Mar Mountains, which you would get plenty of running this marathon. This race is also relatively flat, but the most challenging part would be the hot temperatures!
Great Wall Marathon
Everyone would like to see the Great Wall of China, but only a few, around 2,500 runners each year to be exact, would have the courage and the power to run it! Researching this race amazed me, and seeing photos of runners running on one of mankind’s greatest monuments was incredibly inspiring! Originating in 1999, the Great Wall Marathon has become known as one of the world’s most challenging marathons.
Why I Want To “Run The Globe”
Every runner runs for a different reason, but no matter what, running is all about going places – physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Whether you are training to be physically fit or to improve your mental health, in choosing to run, you are working towards getting somewhere different than where you are right now.
So, it only makes sense that I want to “run the globe,” to go places with my running. We will see what this new goal all entails and where it will take me! I know for a fact that in the past, running has taken me places I would never have imagined, and I have confidence that this will continue into my future.