Rome Marathon

Magic Marathon Moments

Take the plunge and sign up to a big overseas event...

Making the decision to run in a overseas event isn't one you are likely to make lightly. It often involves weeks of 'should I, shouldn't I' moments, with some of us eventually brave enough to take the plunge and sign on the 'dotted line'.

One of the stumbling blocks for many (especially in this post Brexit/post COVID period of travel apprehension and confusion) is knowing where to start with the logistics of getting to the country in question, never mind the startline!

But fear not, companies like Destination Sport Experiences are more than happy to help get you there. It's their business to know the best travel plans, hotels and locations. So let them help. As a spokesperson told us: "We have a passion for all things running and travel. What better way to combine the two as you feel the buzz of a running event, while exploring the sights and sounds of some of the most spectacular destinations on earth!

"We can offer you entry, transport, accommodation, local reps on the ground to help during your trip, and everything in-between, giving you the chance to focus on what really matters - the start line and the sights."

A race that many people have on their bucketlist is the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. Taking place this year on 22 October, Amsterdam is a glorious event on an (inevitably) flat and fast course with an Olympic stadium finish and it's a city where you cannot fail to enjoy the post-race celebrations.

A World Athletics Platinum Label Road Race that for years has had one of the fastest courses in the world, in the ranking of fastest marathon cities - this one takes fourth place! Highlights of the course include the start and finish in the Olympic Stadium, the passage through the Rijksmuseum and along the Heineken Experience.

If you need a little longer to prepare then start looking ahead to spring 2023 now, with Rome Marathon scheduled for 19 March. Nowhere exemplifies the rich history Italy has to offer more than Rome. The city has played host to a marathon since 1982 and as it’s held in spring, the marathon has the twin advantage of mild temperatures and of being outside peak tourist season.

The race starts in the shadow of the Roman Colosseum and from there, runners get to drink in the city’s sights, going past Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Spanish Steps. Is it possible to find a more spectacular setting for a race? Non credo così!

You can find out more details on all Destination Sport Tours packages here.

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