Looking for a unique running experience?  Like the sound of running a marathon in the land of ice, fire and the midnight sun?Iceland’s Reykjavik Marathon could be for you!

 

Reykjavik Marathon is the highlight of the Icelandic running calendar, where thousands of runners from Iceland and abroad descend on the nation’s capital.

The marathon course essentially takes a lap around the city and is relatively flat, with the total difference in altitude being only 30 metres. Half marathon, 10km, marathon relay, 3km fun run and kids run events are also offered.

 

Not only is Iceland an exotic and exciting place to run a marathon, it is also warmer and more easily accessible than many people imagine. The average Icelandic August high is 15 deg C and flights depart directly for Iceland from over 30 cities throughout Europe, USA and Canada.

 

The Reykjavik Culture Night takes place on the night of the marathon, and includes everything from traditional shows and exhibitions to unusual artistic performers. It truly is an arts festival not to be missed and is an exciting addition to the Reykjavik Marathon experience. 

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Voted one of the world’s top 10 Marathons, Quebec City Marathon, is a great summer run in a beautiful French-Canadian city.

 

In French it is the Marathon des Deux Rives – a race that begins on one side of the St Lawrence River and ends on the other, crossing from Levis to Quebec.  The course takes runners over cobbled roads, past outdoor cafes and the overflowing, flower-filled window boxes of this historic city.

There are two marathon starts, one with a seven-hour cut-off and the other a six-hour cut-off.  Other distances are half marathon, 10k, 5k and kids’ race.

 

After 12,000 years of Native American habitation, Jacques Cartier took possession of this land on behalf of the King of France, beginning an era of colonization that would endure until the advent of the industrial age and the challenges of the modern world. 

The addition of the historic district of Québec City to UNESCO’s World Heritage List recognizes the efforts made to preserve and enhance the value of one of the most remarkable historical sites on Québec soil. This recognition also encourages initiatives that aim to protect an architectural heritage that dates back more than three centuries and is a testimonial to the day-to-day lives of Québecers in North America.

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