Chilly Half Marathon and Frosty 5k
Warm clothing is essential for this event in Burlington, Ontario, where the March average daily high is 3-7degC and the first few thousand to register receive technical running jackets. The city is at the western end of Lake Ontario and the course – weather permitting – is a picturesque out-and-back route along the lake shore. Break out the beanie and thermals and enjoy the run.
Rotorua Off-Road Half Marathon
Here’s an ideal training run for the 50th anniversary Rotorua Marathon in May. Choose a half marathon, 10km or 5km on scenic trails and smooth gravel roads in Whakarewarewa Forest. Part of the course is usually reserved for mountain biking so this event is a chance to see what bikers enjoy the rest of the year. The scenery is stunning.
Norway’s Birkebeiner series starts in March with the 54km ski race, Birkebeinerrennet. Online registration is also open for the 2014 Birkebeinerrittet (cycle) and Birkebeinerlopet (run) events. All require participants to carry backpacks weighing at least 3.5km to honour the races’ origins – the saving of an 18-month-old prince from certain death in 1206. He grew up to become the king who united Norway after 1000 years of civil war.
Prague Half Marathon
With a new title partner, the 2014 Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon has proven more popular than ever with entries sold out almost four months before the race. Although all RunCzech events have regularly sold out in recent years this was the earliest yet. Sportisimo is the largest sporting goods retailer in the Czech Republic and sees the RunCzech partnership as an ideal way to connect with recreational runners.
Since 1974 the Niagara Falls International Marathon has been offering runners a truly spectacular, unique and overall unmatchable running experience.
One of few marathons in the world to start in one country and finish in another, Niagara Falls is a world class, Boston Qualifier event which has become an absolute “bucket list” marathon for runners worldwide.
The marathon begins in Buffalo, New York at the renowned Albright–Knox Art Gallery. Housing one of the finest collections of modern art in the world, participants have time to explore the gallery prior to the race.
After travelling down the glorious Buffalo parkway, runners cross the impressive Peace Bridge into historic Fort Erie, Ontario. The course then takes runners down the Niagara parkway alongside the Niagara River, towards the marathon’s famous finish line.
As the course weaves through the town of Chippawa, runners will catch their first glimpse of the billowing mists of Niagara Falls. Finishing directly beside the Niagara River near the brink of Niagara Falls, runners will quickly forget just how exhausted they are as they can finally stop and marvel at the sheer majesty of what lies before them.
Taking place on 26th October, the Niagara Falls International Marathon also features 2km, 5km, 10km and Half Marathon distances, and is a truly can’t miss event for runners of all ability. See you at the most famous finish line in the world!