60 Destination Races For Your Next Runcation

60 Destination Races For Your Next Runcation

The Tunnel of Trees at the Kauai Marathon & Half Marathon. (Photo: Phil Hospod)

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!

60 Destination Races For Your Next Runcation

Runners toast their efforts at the Wine Country Half Marathon Series (Photo: TJ Nelson/Destination Races)

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.

10 Beach Destination Races for Your Next Racecation

60 Destination Races For Your Next Runcation

The Southernmost Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K in Key West. (Photo: Marrero/Doll Photography)

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.

10 Women’s Races for Your Next Girls’ Weekend

60 Destination Races For Your Next Runcation

Let out your inner diva at the Divas Half Marathon & 5K Series. (Photo: Katty Peraza)

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.

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Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.

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  1. 1

    I would love to run a race that ends with plenty of wine :)
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  2. 3

    So I pretty much want to do all of these races! Especially the Great Ocean Road marathon – I lived in Australia for 6 months and was able to drive all along it. It is the most beautiful coastal road ever!
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    Love the beach list. I have been to Moorea, Kauai, and Bermuda, but was not a runner at the time. Going back to run those races would be amazing. There is also a half marathon (I think) on the island of Tahiti…another awesome vacation spot.
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  4. 7

    Oh wow, that Nice marathon in your beach list looks AMAZING! I’m putting that on my bucket list right now.

    Have you heard of the Big 5 Marathon in South Africa? It sounds incredible. You run through a wildlife preserve and get to see lions, leopards, elephant, rhinos and buffalo. The start time is based on where the big 5 game are at the time!
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  5. 9

    Oh my gosh!! So many great racecation possibilities! The beach races are calling my name right now as I would love to be drinking a fruity drink after a race. Plus, I think there is no better recovery than floating in the ocean.
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  6. 11

    I love the idea of using races to travel to new places, the only problem is there are so many great races (and places!) and so little time (and money!). I’d love to get to a few of these though : )
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  7. 13

    Wow!! really looks fun..
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