MARATHONS - Who says all of your big runs have to be in a concrete jungle elbow to elbow with hordes of people?
For runners looking to attain their running goals and sample a beautiful destination, here are three upcoming runs that'll give you bragging rights or the chance to run for a good cause.
-Costa Rica: Run along Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula on May 1, during an 18-kilo-metre race. The annual Lapathon Jungle Race, organized by Lapa Rios Rainforest ecolodge, donates all proceeds to an educational project for local kids with learning disabilities. Considered by publications such as National Geographic and Conde Nast Traveler as a top eco-lodge, Lapa Rios is a 16-bungalow lodge on more than 400 hectares of preserved rainforest. E-mail email@example.com rates and packages and go to laprios.comto find out more about the lodge.
-British Columbia: If you like your races more challenging, check out the 12th annual Emperor's Challenge, Aug. 7 at Tumbler Ridge, B.C. Be forewarned: it's considered one of the more gruelling but most scenic half marathons. It involves a 600-metre foot climb past wildflowers and perhaps wildlife, to the top of Babcock Mountain. No wonder there's a massage thrown into the mix. Visit emperorschallenge.com.
-Vancouver Island: Hit the ground running along the ocean and through old growth forests during the 11th annual Edge to Edge Marathon, half marathon and relay in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Participants will race between Tofino and Ucluelet on June 13. Details at edgetoedgemarathon.com