Looking for destination races? Check out my three latest stories at Shape.com. I picked 10 women’s races, 10 wine races and 10 beach races worth booking a ticket for. Many of them aren’t even single race weekends, but running series with multiple events all over the U.S. and around the world. In all, these 30 running events have 60 race weekends among them, and even more distances to choose from. Let the day dreaming begin!
The 30-year-old Marathon du Medoc in France may be the grandfather of wine races, with tasting stations along the course and wine-fueled parties all weekend long. But you don’t have to travel to France to guzzle grape at destination races that stomp through vineyards on the way to wine-fueled feasts. Events all over North America, from 5Ks to marathons, cater to wine lovers who like to run hard and drink harder.
I picked 10 wine running series with 20 races in 10 U.S. states and Canadian provinces for runners who like to cool down with vino. See them all at Shape.com.
Run and sun under a palm tree at these courses for sand and shore lovers. From Jamaica and the Bahamas to the South Pacific and coast of Australia, these dream-worthy destinations have races to match. Want to surf in California? Party during Carnival in France? Hula in Hawaii? Get lost in the Bermuda triangle? You can, and run too.
These road races take place in 10 of the world’s most beautiful beach locales, with distances ranging from 5K to the marathon. See them all at Shape.com.
When it comes to running, ladies rule. Women were 57 percent of the 16 million running event finishers in 2013, up from just 25 percent in 1990. While male participation has not quite doubled since then, female participation has jumped more than 700 percent per Running USA. So it’s no wonder that more than 150 races nationwide cater to the Queens of the Road with special ladies-only perks, finisher jewelry, fashion forward race expos and more. Whether you’re the diva, princess, speed demon, trail runner or outlaw type, there’s a race for you.
From 5Ks to marathons, here are 10 running series with 30 races among them that put ladies first. See them all at Shape.com.