People travel for a bunch of different reasons. Some want to fly and flop on a stretch of sand and others are ticking off an ever-growing list of sights to see, trusty guide book in hand. With the growth of fun runs and adventure races all over Australia, a new type of traveller is emerging -- the race junkie.
These days, barely a week goes by without some sort of running event somewhere. There are always the big ones you have to book well in advance like the 14km Sydney City to Surf in August each year. As the world's largest run, it had 85,000 registered participants in 2012 -- a greater number than the London and New York Marathons combined. Or you could travel to Tasmania and run for a chocolatey reward at the Cadbury Marathon (already over this year, but I’ve got my eye on it for 2014).
The appeal of these runs is that you get the endorphin high plus a unique way of seeing some of the most beautiful and interesting parts of the country, like the Great Ocean Road. During this particular event, the Great Ocean Road is closed to all traffic as you run along the coastline, passing by the famous 12 Apostles.
On the other side of the country, race along the packed sand of Cable Beach in Broome or take the Perth City to Surf challenge.
The great thing about a lot of these runs is that they offer different distances for different running levels. Everything from a 5km for the uninitiated to a full 42km marathon for those ready, willing and able.
The race schedule across the country is always full but this race junkie’s not-to-miss events in 2013 are:
One of the reasons that this type of travel and event is becoming so popular (and why I personally love them) is the camaraderie. Everyone helps and encourages one another all the way to the finish line. Relish in your new accomplishment with congratulatory drinks, dinner or a much deserved massage before heading out to sightsee the destination.
If you're stuck for accommodation pre- or post- race, check out our Travelzoo Top 20 for the lastest offers on hotels and apartments around Australia.