There are several organized races and fun running events across the world during July and August—the summer holiday months—thanks to favorable running conditions and larger crowds during this time of the year. Here’s a spotlight on some of the most exciting marathons scheduled for August this year across the globe. If any of these catch your fancy, remember, you have a whole year to train and go for the win in 2016!
Amazing Maasai Marathon
The Amazing Maasai Marathon & Half Marathon races are held near the small Maasai town of Kimanjo, Laikipia – a remote area in the foothills of Mt Kenya. An extremely remote location, the course and the experience is supposed to be an enriching one. Runners traverse through areas of long hills, flat bush lands, and rolling countryside. The course is patrolled by experienced, military-trained scouts and proceeds from the events helps raise funds to send Maasai girls to secondary school.
The Mud Rush
Billed as Asia’s first mud run, the Mud Rush is a 5+ Kilometer circuit that combines cross-country elements with obstacles such as stacks of hay, water bodies, barrier walls, tire walls, hills, fire, ice, and, of course, a whole lot of mud. Individuals and teams can register for the event which will be held at Silvassa, the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. For full details of registrations and categories, visit this page. The major attraction at the Mud Rush is the live DJ concert at the end of the race day, which should be a great way to wind down after the madness of the mud run.
Helsinki City Marathon
With plenty of spectator support and cheery aid stations, the Helsinki City Marathon covers various parts of the city, along the harbor and Baltic Sea, through most of the downtown streets, and parks and suburbs. The course starts near the statue of Paavo Nurmi and finishes at the Olympic Stadium, with a time limit of 6 hours.
Call of the Wilds Mountain Marathon
Part of the Eastern States Endurance Run in Eastern Pennsylvania, The Call of the Wilds Marathon traverses portions of the Pine Creek Valley and trails in Little Pine State Park and the Tiadaghton State Forest. With over 2,158 acres of land, including Little Pine Lake, picnic areas, trails, and campgrounds, it’s an extremely scenic marathon—but chock full of sharp descents across a couple of mountains before ending at the lake again.
La Ultra The High
The 6th edition of the La Ultra has three fairly straightforward categories—of 111 Km, 222 Km and 333 Km each. The route covers three passes where the peaks are close to 18,000 ft, and the course has an altitude variation between 11,000 ft and 17,700 ft. Oxygen levels can be as low as 40% of sea-level, and to top it off, race temperatures can vary between -10°C and 40°C. All three routes begin from the gorgeous Nubra Valley.
Airtel Hyderabad Marathon
The 42.2 Km point-to-point road race takes runners on a journey through Hyderabad, from the historical heart of the city to the modern technological metropolis at the far west end. Starting with a loop around the picturesque Hussain Sagar Lake, the runners run in front of Raj Bhavan, cross through Banjara Hills, the KBR Park, Jubilee Hills, before entering Hitech City, the IT District, the Financial District, and through the beautiful shaded campus of the University of Hyderabad to finally finish in the GMC Balayogi Stadium in Gachibowli. Half marathon, 10K and 5K categories are also open.
Main image: Hyderabad Marathon | Neel Banerjee