GRTW Runderlust – this weekend’s pick of bucket list races from around the world

This week’s Runderlust rounds up our top pick of races to bookmark for the end of September, and is inadvertently brought to you by the lettter ‘B’…

Berlin Marathon, Germany

Pic credit: Berlin Marathon

A beautiful course, a good chance of near-perfect Autumn running weather, and the flattest of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, it is no coincidence that six out of the top 10 ever men’s marathon times – and two out of the top 10 womens’ – were run here. 

As Kipchoge knows, Berlin is not only a fabulous course to target for a PB, but also to soak up the atmosphere as you run through the historic sights and sounds of this vibrant city.

The final stretch sees you running for glory through the Brandenburg Gate, then you’re free to spend the afternoon filling your boots with Bratwurst, bread and of course, beer.

Put it in your diary now for next year, it’s on September 27th 2020. (And if you fancy a trip to Berlin, look out for our Run Away trips, Girls Run the World has taken over 40 women here for trips over the last five years).

Boulder Backroads Half Marathon/10K, Colorado

Not just included for the double ‘B’ (dingaling!), this stunning half marathon is one of Colorado’s most popular off-road races (and there is quite a list to choose from!). 

Both the half marathon and 10K start and finish at Boulder Reservoir and take you on relatively flat terrain comprised of dirt and paved roads. Expect lots of support along the way—maybe even some bagpipe, plus free beer and local tasties at the finish line. The founder of GRTW, Rachael went to university here and can testify to the FANTASTIC running…and the microbreweries!

Big Sur Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5 mile, California

‘California’s most beautiful marathon’ might also be its toughest. If you’ve ever been to the incredible coastline of Big Sur, you know that the area is home to some amazing views (if you’re fan of Big Little Lies, it features lots of sweeping views of the coastline) — but you probably also know it comes with its fair share of killer hills. We think that makes this race all the more rewarding. This race sells out every year, and is a ballot entry.

Budapest Marathon or 30km

And rounding off the dispatches for this week’s list is the beautiful spa city of Budapest. History, warm weather, incredible sights and, of course, the hot baths to bathe in after the event. What we love about this particular event is for those of who have to juggle childcare during the summer with running and can’t commit to a marathon, it has a 30km option so you can run less but still have all the atmosphere of the full distance.

picture credit: Budapest Tourist Office