As 36,000+ runners pounded the streets as they took part in yesterday’s London Marathon, the world’s largest single-day fundraising event, did you feel inspired by their physical and fundraising efforts? Spurred into action by their incredible, often heart-wrenching personal stories? Then what’s stopping you?
For most, getting marathon (or any challenge) fit, takes months of determination and training. Responsible Travel helps you ease the slog and keep your training fun with this round-up of fitness holidays, run with passion by local operators with their own story to tell, that will put you through your paces and get you race ready, as well as submerge you in local culture and communities, for the experience of a lifetime!
1. Uganda marathon running holiday
A truly global marathon held in rural Uganda, for a local cause, this is the biggest sporting event in the history of the region. thousands of people undertaking fundraising challenges such as Kilimanjaro or the Inca Trail to raise funds for Western charities, run challenges where you fundraise for the local community, simultaneously witnessing first-hand the project that you are supporting, all while getting to know those who you are impacting. The community have thrown their support behind not only the race, but also the 1500 runners including 100+ international participants – will one of them be you? You’ll marshal KidsRunWild – the fun run for the local schoolchildren and orphans; visit projects in the community, share how your new friends live and party with them after the race. And then take on a beautiful – but tough- rural course. Your choice: run the full 26.1 mile marathon course, the half marathon, or round up three friends and pit yourself against the marathon relay.http://www.responsibletravel.
- High altitude fitness training in Bolivia
Take a holistic approach to fitness training with a tailor-made trip that combines experience with luxury, wellness, adventure and culture.
The physical benefits of spending time at altitude, once acclimatised, are significant when you then return to sea level. The body becomes accustomed to operating efficiently using smaller amounts of oxygen when at high altitude and many endurance athletes often incorporate several weeks of their annual training regime at altitudes of over 2,400 metres above sea level. Plagued by ill health herself, our local operator took some time to assess her priorities and decided to open a company that combined travel, health and fitness in order to help people such as herself, or anyone willing to embark on a similar life changing experience. Try it for yourself: From £1,700 – £2,500 (15 days) excluding flights, tailor-made throughout the year. http://www.responsibletravel.
3.Cycling & triathlon holidays for beginners, Spain
Working with only small groups of athletes on luxury camps you will get plenty of one on one attention. every camp is customised for the individual and you get the option to choose how much attention you would like.
Spend a week improving your tri-skill set including bike handling, cornering, pacing, gearing and descending; video analysis of your swimming stroke; running form and pace and practise transitions between the sports. Plus how to breathe effectively and how to coordinate the correct muscles for each movement, so that you can excel in each sport and reduce your chance of injuries. From €995 (GB £714) (8 days) excluding flights http://www.responsibletravel.
- Whale watching & running holiday in the Canary Islands
Enjoy the ocean breeze and the beauty of La Gomera from a different perspective. Combine a few days of trail running with a small group of likeminded people taking breathers to enjoy the breathtaking views along the way. Follow this with some much deserved downtime on boat excursions to view whales and dolphins in the wild, along the coastlineincredible experiences with others, our local husband and wife operator, share their Canary Island La Gomera with nature and wildlife lovers alike. From €799 (GB £573) (7 days) excluding flights http://www.responsibletravel.
- Trail & fell running holidays in the French Alps
If you love the great outdoors, spectacular scenery and enjoy sports that get your heart pumping and your muscles working, then this trail and fell running holiday in the Alps is for you!
Whether you’re a novice to the sport but enjoy long-distance runs, a seasoned marathoner or a supporter looking for a quick weekend getaway to the sunshine of the Southern Alps, these trips will appeal. Staying with local accommodation providers, experience the natural beauty and environment of the Gapençais valley en race route and in your leisure time. Routes: 48km and 3000m of ascent; 25km and 1500m of ascent; 12km and 750m of ascent. From €318 (GB £228) – €372 (GB £267) (4 days) excluding flights. http://www.responsibletravel.
6.Luxury fitness & detox in Spain
A boot camp by name but not by nature, this retreat offers a kick start to a new health, fitness & wellbeing regime. regaining a little fitness, detoxing, eating healthily and restoring her sanity, she decided to set one up herself! Their holistic approach means that you will learn how to eat well, detox, tone up, re-invigorating the body and soul at the same time… unlike the traditional military focused boot camps, this approach offers a supportive and nurturing environment where guests can begin to achieve their personal health, fitness & wellbeing goals. From £1148 – £1298 (7 days) excluding flights. http://www.responsibletravel.