AS 36,000-plus runners pounded the streets in the recent London Marathon - the world's largest single-day fundraising event, people across the globe no doubt were inspired to take the first steps towards their fitness goals.
For most, getting marathon (or any challenge) fit takes months of determination and training. Responsible Travel has put together a round-up of fitness holidays that will not only put you through your paces and get you race ready but also submerge you in local culture and communities for the experience of a lifetime.
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. The community has thrown its support behind not only the race, but also the 1500 runners, including more than 100 international participants. You'll marshal KidsRunWild - the fun run for the local schoolchildren and orphans, visit projects in the community, live how your new friends do, and party with them after the race. Your choice: run the full 42 kilometre marathon course, the half- marathon, or round up three friends and pit yourself against the marathon relay.
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 you are acclimatised, are significant when you then return to sea level.
Cycling and triathlon holidays for beginners in Spain
WORKING with only small groups of athletes on luxury camps, you will get plenty of one-on-one attention. 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; practising transitions between the sports; learning how to breathe effectively and reduce injuries and how to coordinate the correct muscles.
Whale watching and running holiday in the Canary Islands
COMBINE a few days of trail running with a small group of like-minded 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 along the coastline.
Trail and fell running holidays in the French Alps
IF YOU love the great outdoors and spectacular scenery and enjoy sports that get your heart pumping and your muscles working, then this trail and fell running holiday in the Alps, pictured, 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 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 on the race route and in your leisure time. Routes are: 48km and 3000m of ascent, 25km and 1500m of ascent, and 12km and 750m of ascent.tr
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