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Escape: Take a running vacation

Escape: tips for your running vacation

Destination races or “racecations” are so last year, right?

The answer to that question depends on whom you ask. But if you’re looking for a new way to combine your love of running with a love of traveling, we’ve got you covered.

Consider one of these ways to have a running vacation:

Running cruises
We dare you to visit runningcruise.com and not want to book one of these amazing adventures.

Called “The Ultimate Running Vacation”, you’ll run through the port cities on your Caribbean, Alaskan, or South of France itinerary. You’ll choose from guided runs, hikes, walks, or bike rides – and the South of France cruise even lets you take the same roads used during the Tour de France cycling competition. Each cruise features an “Amazing Race” style jaunt through one of the port cities. John “The Penguin” Bingham and his wife, “Coach Jenny” Hadfield, are the running hosts for the Alaskan voyage. Other perks include welcome parties complete with a shake-out run, private group excursions, local races in port cities, and running-related workshops during “at sea” days. These cruises are on commercial cruise lines so your non-runner friends and family could cruise along with you by booking the cruise-only package.

Running concierges
The Westin Hotel group features its RunWESTIN™ program where a running concierge leads you on a 3 to 5 mile guided tour through the local area near the hotel. If you happen to be staying at a Westin during a Rock’n’Roll race, you can take advantage of their Westin VIP marathon package, which features a concierge-led shake-out run, guided tour of the course, pre-race dinner and breakfast, and a late check out time on race day.

If the hotel in your destination city doesn’t offer a running concierge program, fear not. Many hotels are used to hosting runners and stock maps of popular running routes from the hotel. Just ask when you’re checking in.

Running tours
Maybe you’ve taken a bus, boat, or food tour of a new city. But what better way to explore a new place than by running through it? There are many running tour companies, such as City Running Tours , that allow you to sightsee and get a workout at the same time. You can often choose from popular routes, or ask to have a customized run hitting the spots you want to see the most. Some take you along popular race routes so you can scope out a course before you commit to registering for the event.

Running camps
Feel like a kid again and head to summer camp with like-minded adults. Weekend- or week-long running camps are popping up all over the U.S. For some camps, you sleep in cabins and eat s’mores by the campfire. But others offer a more luxurious feel, with meals cooked by a private chef and daily massages. You can choose from beginner runner camps, women-specific camps, marathon training, and ultrarunning camps. In addition to twice daily runs, the camps may also offer nutrition advice, private coaching, yoga classes, and advice from professional runners.

Check out ZAP Fitness Adult Running Camps near Blowing Rock, N.C. or the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project Summer Running Retreat in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Have you ever gone on a running-related vacation?

Oh and speaking of running vacations, our contributing editor Bianca Weiland is jetting off to Estes Park, Colorado Sunday for Active at Altitude’s week-long women’s running camp. When she’s not gasping for (thin) air, she’ll be sharing her adventures on the WalkJogRun Instagram. And stay tuned for a full recap on the blog when she returns (all speedy and fit). 

Written by Jen Matz.