Runderlust – bucket list race destinations

Run all the miles, eat all the food… sound like your perfect way to spend a weekend? Look no further for our epic run-eat-escape inspiration!

Eco Marathon del Chianti (Half marathon and 8 mile races also available)

The 12th century castle grounds which the race starts in

Set in the gorgeous Tuscan hills, just as the temperatures begin to drop and beautiful golden leaves of Autumn are on display, this trail running race starts at the amazing 12th Century Barolio castle and vineyards. The route takes in gravel paths through the area’s beautiful Chianti vineyards and olive groves and has a course description more reminiscent of an Italian menu than a running route!

With local favourites such as salami, pecorino cheese and olive oil , as well as Chianti of course, plus a free post-race pasta party for all runners, this one will not disappoint the ‘rungry’ travel gourmets amongst you. You could even combine the weekend with a foraging trip for fungi or white truffles. 

For more details visit the Chianti Marathon 

TCS Amsterdam Marathon (plus half, 8k, and kids races)

Ideal for those seeking a slightly lower key destination race for a PR or Boston qualifier, this flat city does not disappoint with its flat as a pancake course. 

It’s a significantly smaller race than the larger city marathons with just 16,000 runners, and the course goes through some quiet patches which will feel refreshing for some, lonely for others. But rest assured, the enthusiastic spectators (and techno music!) will be there to bring you home through the final stretch with a fantastic stadium finish. And then there’s the promise of stroopwaffles and pancakes on offer, Just be careful what’s in that brownie!  

For more details visit TCS Amsterdam Marathon

EDP Lisbon Marathon (also offering a half marathon and 8km)

Flat, fast and scenic, this marathon starts in Caiscais and runs along the beautiful coast of Lisbon ending downtown. Lisbon has featured in the Girls Run the World Run Away race trips twice, for good reason. The food and the culture.

Don’t miss a visit to Pasteis De Belem

A great weekend get away, you can stuff yourself with fantastic, fresh grilled seafood at Ramiro (you may have to queue but there’s a fresh beer dispenser outside!) and incredible Portuguese custard tarts from the 19th century Pasteis de Belem after you’ve finished the race. Although there’s also plenty of exploring to do too in a city that still retains the history of it’s colonial power in its architecture and the heritage of fado music. But go soon, the city is changing fast!

For more details and entries visit the EDP Lisboa Marathon.