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Five top running tours around the world

For many of us, 2020 was the year we fell in love with running. With travel once again at the forefront of our minds, it makes perfect sense to combine an old passion with a new — by heading off on a heart-pumping running tour.

Published 13 Jul 2019, 08:00 BST, Updated 5 Nov 2020, 05:27 GMT
Trail running in the Scottish Highlands.

Go further, see more. With 2020 seeing a surge of new athletes, it makes sense that we'd incorporate our new hobbies into future travel plans. 

Photograph by Getty Images

Running tours are no longer the preserve of marathoners; casual contenders are joining the hype too. And it's especially the case since the sport experienced a surge in popularity during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown, with the running brand Asics reporting a 43% increase in people exercising in the UK following the outbreak from a study of 14,000 people, and the running app Runkeeper reporting a 667% rise in new registrations.

Simply put, running tours were made for adventurers: a way to exercise while experiencing a new destination. What's more, they're often led by an engaging local guide, so you're likely to learn something new from those who know the spots best. Below are six heart-pumping tours to add to your travel wishlist.

Dolomites, Italy
Take it up a notch at Hotel Sassongher with their Sky Running experience: jogs along steep, high-altitude trails amid the Italian Alps. From €280 (£241) per day with a guide for up to four people.

Siem Reap, Cambodia
Boutique retreat Anatara Angkor offers a dawn run through the jungle temple complex of Angkor Wat. From $100 (£76) per person. A fitness coach and temple guide are offered, too. Suites from £149 a night.

Copenhagen, Denmark
Take in the Danish capital’s sights on the go. Looking for fun more than fitness? Try The Pub Run, with tastings at five pubs, or the atmospheric Night Run. From £43.

Vancouver, Canada
Lead guide Charles Greenberg has a PhD in urban geography so you’re sure to exercise mind and body on any of three guided runs (4.3 to 8.5 miles). From £22.90.

Dallas, US
Uncover the city’s history, architecture, art and thriving food scene on the go. First four miles $35 (£27), with each additional mile costing $5 (£3.80).

Published in the July/August 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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