5 Amazing Asian Races
Sate your appetite for adrenaline on some of the most stunning racecourses in the world. Here are our top destinations for pairing physical prowess with geographic majesty.
1. CHINA: Great Wall Marathon
Get ready to feel the burn. This race requires participants to run up and down 5,164 stone steps along the Great Wall of China and, if you can make it past all the stairs, the course weaves through villages and picturesque rice fields, for a unique, if calf agonizing, experience. May 18, 2013; greatwallmarathon.com.
2. NEPAL: Everest Marathon
Stow your vertigo for this test of physical endurance. The highest marathon in the world, the race starts from the Everest Base Camp, at an altitude of 5,364 meters, and finishes nearly 2,000 meters lower at Namche Bazaar. The 42 kilometers over rough mountain trails are all worth it for the snow capped views. May 29, 2013; everestmarathon.com.
3. INDONESIA: Bintan Triathlon
Only a 55 minute ferry ride from Singapore, getting to Bintan is a breeze, yet the island has the charm of a far away escape. Quiet sandy shores, a mangrove lagoon and turquoise waters add the element of exoticism to this coastal triathlon. May 18, 2013; bintantriathlon.com.
4. MONGOLIA: Sunrise to Sunset
On the northern border of Mongolia, this long distance run winds through Hovsgol National Park and around its alpine lake. The rolling hills are grazed by herds of horses, camels, yaks, reindeer and ibex. The race across this pastoral paradise can span either a 42 kilometer or a 100 kilometer course, depending on the stamina of the contender. Aug. 7, 2013; ultramongolia.com.
5. THAILAND: Laguna Phuket
Triathlon This tropical trail is set on the popular island of Phuket. Competitors swim in the Andaman Sea and a fresh water lagoon, sprint barefoot on the beach, cycle the challenging Naithon Hills and run through the surrounding luxury resorts for an action packed day. Nov. 29, 2012; lagunaphukettriathlon.com.