Travelling thousands of miles, just to run in a marathon?

  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 14, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    You know those folk , who travel all over the world, just to run in a marathon? I dont mean those professional runner who make a living trying to win prize money. But normal folk like us. People who did it because they love the sport.

    I travel all over my country and neighbouring country, enduring logistic problem, large travelling expenses and sacrificing my precious annual leave, just to go running.

    But I can say the experience is worth the trouble. I enjoy new scenery, meet new people , while doing the sport I love.

    Currently I am looking for the possiblity to run in Thailand and Australia . Anybody else , run marathon in other country before.. Let share our experience. Do you think is worth the trouble?

    Sorry , I should put this is in Running section
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    Dec 14, 2009 6:43 PM GMT
    Not sure what your question is but if it is are you crazy? Then no! A vacation is an opportunity to relax and have fun. If running a marathon is fun and relaxing then you have achieved self-fulfillment on your vacation/precious leave time. Usually, during the trip one does the other tourist shit so there is no loss in the traditional sense of a vacation. It’s just that there is a specific goal and activity in the trip.

    Yes, it is worth the trouble.
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    Dec 14, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
    people travel for the Gay Games ,. the Out Games,
    and some go far to enter eco challenges.
    So why not marathons.

    I've never traveled beyond 6 or 7 hours for a competition and i have to admit after 10 years of it, several times / season it got really really tiresome.
    Driving, trying course, racing, packing up and driving back , all within 24 hours...bleh..
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    Dec 14, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
    I love running marathons in new places... traveling makes the race all the more poignant. It's always worth it to me.
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    Dec 14, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    I had a former boss who, not once but twice, bailed out of a taxi on me in a distant and/or foreign city because we passed a marathon in progress and he just had to run it. ("Driver! Take me to the starting line!")
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    Dec 15, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    My vacations are planned around marathons. I only wish I had like minded friends to join me.

    It's a great way to go sight seeing becuase many marathon courses showcase some of the best areas of the city.

    The only thing that sucks is having to go to bed at 9 p.m. when the night life is just starting in most places.
  • MercuryMax

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    Dec 15, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    seems a lil excessive.
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    Dec 15, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    I also base most of my vacations around marathons, although my current financial situation doesn't really allow me to venture far from North America. I am studying urban planning, and there is no better way to get a 'feel' for a city than running 26 miles through it. Going to bed early on Saturday nights does kind of stink, though.
  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 15, 2009 3:07 PM GMT
    This is off topic.

    But, for me regardless how hard I try I cant go to sleep at 9 pm, eventhough I know I have to sleep because I need to run tomorrow morning. It seem that I must follow my regular sleeping pattern , sleep at 12 am , sleep less , awake up at 4.30am and run at 6 or 7am.

    If I force myself to sleep outside my normal hours, I ended up staying awake for the rest of the night and that will be disaster for the marathon tomorrow morning. But most of us , runner know how exciting running in a marathon is, probably that is another reason why I cant sleep very well the night before a marathon.