Turn Your Next Vacation into an Athletic Event!

Looking for a way to get more fitness AND adventure in you life?  Consider an athletic getaway!
If you’ve ever dreamt of completing a marathon and going on an African Safari, you can do both!
(Photo:  Tina in Kenya)
From Triathlons in South Africa, to rafting the Futulafu in Chile, swimming to Alcatraz and back, in San Francisco; fitness enthusiasts are traveling to the most scenic places on earth to push their limits and vacation at the same time. “Race vacations” are becoming more and more popular with couples and families. That's because running shoulder-to-shoulder with the locals offers a bird’s eye view of the people and the place you’re visiting.
Need inspiration? Here are athletic vacations that offer the biggest bang for your adventure buck.
1.  You can run with lions and elephants at The Big 5 Marathon
This event takes place in the middle of the Entabeni game reserve in South Africa. You’ll run right through the habitat of the most famous African game: Elephant, Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. No fences, no rivers, nothing at all separates you from the African wildlife.
Big Five is an adventure, and the race is combined with days of game-drive safaris in the reserve. You can sleep in luxury tents or in one of the fantastic lodges in the reserve.
2.  Perhaps your preference is for something less flat - Arctic Marathon in Nuuk, Greenland
The hilly Arctic Marathon in Nuuk, Greenland, boasts endless fjords with floating icebergs and snow-covered mountain peaks. Many participants claim it is the most spectacular marathon they’ve ever run. And a large part of the enjoyment comes from the serene atmosphere, the breathtaking beauty, and the crystal clean air.
3.  Maybe the Swiss Alps are on your list of stunning places to visit.
The Swiss Alpine Marathon, in Davos, Switzerland has incredible scenery and wonderful crowd support. You can choose to participate in the marathon, 78k, 30k, Mini, or the Team relay.
4.  Or, Maybe your searching for winter this summer - Patagonia!
It’s the ultimate adventure racer’s dream: PATAGONIA EXPEDITION RACE. An adventure race at the southern-most tip of South America. Mixed teams of 4 will travel distances of over 500 km—mountain biking, trekking, sea kayaking, and orienteering. This terrain is full of worldwide wonders such as the South Ice Field, the Torres del Paine, the Straits of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, and Cape Horn. A place isolated from the rest of the world.
Fitness and adventure create the best souvenirs—Memories that last a lifetime!
Make today and everyday a mini-adventure!
Take it outside where the grass is green, air is fresh, the light is bright, the birds sing to you, and the view is feeds your eyes and your soul.

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