There’s no question that keeping in shape while on holiday can be a hard task to accomplish. But if you are a runner, and you are visiting these cities, don’t forget to pack your running shoes. Here are some of the best destinations for runners:
Every year over 50,000 pro and amateur athletes from all corners of the globe gather in the Big Apple to take part in the most popular marathon in the entire US. This event underscores the importance of sports culture to New Yorkers, who train all year long along the banks of the Hudson River, in Central Park, or down Kent Avenue.
Due to the high demand, participation is awarded on a lottery system. But even if you are not lucky in the drawing, the city hosts several races throughout the year. We recommend trying the Brooklyn Marathon, which takes place in November, and even though there have only been five editions of the race, it has earned great popularity among New York’s runners.
Be it for this city’s mild climate, or for the countless places where to practice this sport, Barcelona is a true mecca for anyone with a passion for running. Some of the most popular routes include the Parc de la Ciutadella, with vast green areas; the paseo marítimo, a promenade that runs from hotel W to the Forum Building, and finally Collserola, popular among those who prefer the mountain for breaking away from their daily routine.
If possible, make the most of it and include in your visit to the city, participating in its most multitudinous running event: the Cursa El Corte Inglés, which is held yearly in early April. With its 10.7 kilometers course, this event gathers around 70,000 runners, making it the second most popular race in the world in terms of participants.
Although the Austrian capital is not among the list of cities with the most runners, it looks like little by little, the number of fans of this sport is increasing, and its popularity is on the rise. The size of the city, its wide range of green areas, and most of all its streets, surprisingly open and spacious, make Vienna an ideal place for running.
If you’d like to take participate in a running event in this city, don’t miss out on “Wings For Life World Run Vienna”, three events in one for every runner: not only is it one of the most popular sporting events in the country, but it also courses through some of the capital city’s most emblematic sites, and it is for a good cause. It’s held in early May, and all proceedings go to finding a treatment for spinal injuries.