There are all sorts of reason to travel: discovering an up-and-coming art scene, eating your way through a gourmand-minded city, or simply getting away from America's current state of affairs. Recently, however, there has been a notable uptick in people taking vacations and traveling for health purposes (which I, personally, attribute it to the aforementioned political climate). They do this in order to work out more and reset the body nutritionally or to go off the grid to reconnect with themselves, spiritually.
And then there's running. Lately, my Instagram feed has been clogged by seemingly everyone I know taking photos all around the world, with destinations chosen based on racing events. Even the less fitness prone of the bunch have been guilty of posting photos of the Paris Marathon, Florida's Disney Princess Half Marathon, and New Orleans' Jazz Half Marathon finish lines before embarking on more traditional vacations in the respective cities. With our very own New York City Half, that saw 20,000-plus participants from near and far descending on the course this past weekend behind us, we've been wondering what other cities host races worth making a vacation out of.
From a run made for oenophiles to one that will have The X-Files-obsessed sprinting to the end, ahead are 10 marathons and half marathon worth the sweat and travel miles. Plus, where to stay, eat, and drink at and what to do to recover in each of the cities afterward.