There is certainly no shortage of races locally these days, but racing on the same roads I normally train on can get quite dull after a while. That’s why I’m doing a destination race or two this year — the Phuket Marathon on June 5, and Challenge Vietnam on September 11.
There’s an element of adventure when racing away from home. New athletes may choose a destination race as their first taste of the sport to help motivate themselves to train, while more experienced athletes may be looking for a different challenge or have dreamt of finishing a race that’s on their bucket list. (My ultimate bucket list marathon is the New York City Marathon, but I’ll save that for next year…)
Going to a destination race is different from racing locally. You can’t just drive from home to the venue on race morning, for one thing. A lot of thought should go into not only the logistics of how to get there and where to stay and eat, but also how to prepare yourself properly to race on unfamiliar soil.
Here’s how to plan your destination race. (more…)