Fitness goals are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but they can be the hardest to keep as the year rolls on. Planning a health-minded getaway is the perfect way to stay on track. And what better reward for working out than a relaxing vacation? U.S. News & World Report highlights five running vacations that are worth the trip:
For the music lovers:
For 20 years, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series has combined miles, music and medals all around the world. Pair the Los Angeles race with a drive to Palm Springs afterward and rejuvenate like a rock star in a posh pad with its own private pool. Even better? Stay in a celeb home, like the Bing Crosby Estate or the Sonny and Cher Estate.
For the Disney fans:
Disney lovers, rejoice! Choose from a series of races that cater to beginners and let you take your time on courses that wind through the parks. From Star Wars to Super Heroes-themed races, pick the characters that’ll bring the fun as you break a sweat. It’s a great reason to get the kids outside and active. Stay in a nearby villa rental to get more value out of your vacation.
For the nature lovers:
Gorgeous scenery is a strong motivator in Vacation Races’ national park half marathon series. A portion of the race fee even goes to the National Park Foundation. To make your vacation even more fun, the organization offers park-related challenges afterward like hiking, climbing and swimming. Join in on the Great Smoky Mountains race, and relax afterward in your own private cabin rental.
For the ladies:
Take advantage of women-only races, like the Divas Half Marathon and 5K in Myrtle Beach, and plan a girls’ getaway with a bunch of friends. Stay in an oceanfront vacation rental and pamper yourselves after the run with an on-site spa, pools and hot tubs. Bonus? The rentals offer multiple bedrooms and fully-equipped kitchens so you can all stay together and whip up snacks and cocktails.
For the world travelers:
What better way to push yourself in the New Year than with an exciting adventure to a destination like London and a Marathon that’ll test your limits? You’ll see the world-class city on foot and can celebrate your accomplishments with the family afterward by taking in all the history and culture. Find an apartment rental right in the city for an authentic experience.