GRTW Runderlust – this weekend’s bucketlist races

Running is as much about exploring new spaces and cultures as personal bests and fitness. We bring you our pick of this weekend’s bucket list race destinations from around the world

Great Ethiopia Run 

Why travel all that way for a 10k, you may be asking? Because Ethiopia is an incredible country to visit for its food, culture and people. Not to mention, that it has spawned some of the best runners the world has ever seen. 

Girls Run the World even got to meet some of them when we took a small group tour there in 2018. Yes, we got to meet Haile Gebrselassie, both at the race start and for lunch.  But less of that showboating and more about Ethiopia.

It’s a country rich in archaeological heritage (it has more UNESCO world heritage sites than anywhere else in Africa), the scenery is stunning, and it is the birthplace of the coffee bean.

IN the capital, Addis, where the race takes place, you can grab yourself some delicious coffee beans and try a renowned coffee ceremony after visiting one of the world’s biggest street markets.

Girls Run the World take a trip to the local market in Addis

 And as for the race itself? It is like one big street party. The Ethiopians definitely know how to run, and they definitely know how to have a good time!

If you’d like to join us in 2020 for Girls Run the World Ethiopia, our package launches this month. More details here

Running through the eucalyptus forests
A gentle training run through the eucalyptus forests outside Addis

Verona Marathon

The mythical home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a beautiful, romantic city with its ancient historical centre easy to discover on foot, with Roman remains, incredible palaces and Renaissance churches decorated with swirling frescoes. 

The heart of Verona is Piazza Bra, lined with  loads of amazing cafes where you can drink a coffee while marvelling at the 2,000-year-old Roman Arena.  There is also the beautiful  Piazza delle Erbe, where you can visit the grand Renaissance palace Casa Mazzanti, for a drink. 

This is a fantastic city to visit for a race, so leave yourself some time afterwards to soak in the culture, the food and the drinks.