Ditch Winter With These 10 Warm Running Destinations

Kristan Dietz
by Kristan Dietz
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Ditch Winter With These 10 Warm Running Destinations

Winter running can get old, fast. Options turn from trudging through chilly winds and piles of snow to logging miles on the treadmill. This all means it could be time to get away to a warm and sunny spot. Here is some inspiration for warm weather races, tours, vacations and camps — whether you go now or plan for next year.

ISLAND FEVER

Even if the weather turns chilly, things are always heating up in the Caribbean. Many islands hold races throughout the late fall and winter.

CARIBBEAN RUNNING CRUISE
February 11–18, 2018

Why run through one island when you can visit six instead. Just for runners, this week-long cruise features races at every stop.

KINGSTON CITY RUN
March 16-18, 2018

This weekend in Jamaica includes a 5K, 10K and half-marathon. It’s all for great causes, too. The race series has raised more than $12 million for charities since 2013.

KLM CURACAO MARATHON
November 25, 2018

The race takes place along the beautiful oceanfront of the island outside the capital of Willemstad. Start time is early, but everyone finishes together on the beach at the Hilton Curacao.

RUN BARBADOS
December 7-9, 2018

A full weekend of races range from a 1-mile fun run all the way up to a marathon. Race weekend ends with a big party at a local nightclub.

BERMUDA MARATHON WEEKEND
January 18-20, 2019

A short flight from the East Coast takes runners to a weekend racing paradise. Enter the mile, 10K, half- or full marathon. Or try the Bermuda Triangle challenge of completing three races over the course of the weekend.

SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Head to Mexico for a bit of culture or a lot of relaxation.

LOS CABOS HALF-MARATHON
February 11, 2018

Just outside of Cabo San Lucas, this February half-marathon is the perfect excuse for a warm weather vacation. Best of all, the pre-race party includes a whale watching cruise!

MEXICO CITY RUNNING TOURS
Dates vary

Explore the culture of Mexico on foot with a running tour through its capital city. If you are craving some hills, Go Running Tours even offers trail-running trips through the Mexican countryside.

FAR OFF DESTINATIONS

If you’re willing to go far from home, these running vacations will be absolutely unforgettable.

RUN MOROCCO
March 3–10 2018; November 1–10 2018

It doesn’t get hotter than a trek through the Sahara. This 8–10 day trip of a lifetime takes runners through the villages of North Africa. Run up to 18 miles per day but don’t worry — a Jeep is always waiting if you need a lift to the next destination.

KENYAN RUNNING CAMP
March 4–17, 2018

This two-week camp in Iten, Kenya, gives runners the chance to train like an elite. Get accustomed to the altitude while running on endless dirt roads. End the day with meals prepared by a professional chef.

AUSTRALIAN BEACH RUNNING TOURS
Operates daily

When it’s freezing in the Northern Hemisphere, head to the Southern Hemisphere for a dose of summer in winter. This guided tour takes runners on the waterfront trail between Bondi and Coogee beaches, located just outside of downtown Sydney. End the tour with a dip in the ocean.

About the Author

Kristan Dietz
Kristan Dietz

Kristan is a freelance writer, editor and social media specialist. Her work has appeared in Women’s Running and Competitor Running. She resides in Hoboken, NJ with her husband and 2-year-old son. Find her on Instagram at @kstandietz and Twitter at @kristandietz.

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