The days are getting longer, the wind is losing its chill, and the daffodils are out. That can only mean one thing, it’s finally happened … Spring has sprung.
It’s time to put away the hats, gloves and base layers, and look forward to summer!
This year, there’s more reason than ever to put in those quality summer miles. The autumn marathon calendar for 2021 is absolutely stacked! Loads of the big events we know and love are making a comeback and, here at Sports Tours International, we simply can’t wait!
So, to get you in the mood for some summer training and planning for the season ahead, here’s our rundown of a few of the world- class Half and Full Marathons, that we know will make the 2021 autumn marathon season one to remember!
We are delighted, at Sports Tours International, to have hugely increased our range of trail and adventure marathons for the 2021 season. Trail and adventure races are less about the time it takes to complete the course than they are about enjoying the time you spend ON the course, and the Iceland Volcano half or full marathon is the perfect example of that. The route takes you on a journey through an incredible and almost untouched geothermal landscape. The massive Hverfjall crater is a wonderful focus point on the route as are the ethereal lava fields known as Dimmuborgir, or “Dark Fortress.” With optional excursions and extensions available, and the choice of quarter, half or full marathon race, you can really make this once in a lifetime trip your own.
Tailor make your own once in a lifetime adventure with Sports Tours International this summer!
When 22nd August 2021
Berlin has to be one of Europe’s most varied and interesting cities. From a lively arts and music scene, to rich cultural and political history, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the German capital. Our Berlin Marathon weekend is the perfect city break, combined with a brilliant race opportunity, and could be the perfect trip for all the family. The course of the half marathon itself takes you past some of Germany’s most iconic landmarks, including passing through the Brandenburg Gate itself in the finishing straight. Joe, one of our regular reps, had this to say about his Berlin Half Marathon experience.
“It’s a fascinating feeling running through the iconic Brandenburg Gate on the home straight of the route. The crowds are packed either side of the road in their thousands and create a brilliant atmosphere to encourage people to give it one last push to the finish line. This really is a spectacular running experience and a brilliant way to finish the route.”
Run the fast and fascinating Berlin Half Marathon this August, with Sports Tours International!
When? 5th September 2021
The Paris Half Marathon offers both a flat, fast route and the ultimate sight seeing tour around the City of Light, all in one great event! The atmosphere in Paris is always incredible, and the climate in early September should offer fantastic running conditions. With upwards of 40,000 runners on the course, and live musical entertainment along the route, there is sure to be enough energy to motivate you to a great race. The new course both starts and finishes right in the iconic city centre, which only adds to the brilliant race day buzz. However, just as with previous editions of the race, you will be able to see all the most famous sights of the city as you run. Highlights of the course include, Bastille, Rue de Rivoli, Hôtel de Ville, Quais de Seine, the Bois de Vincennes and its Château, and Pont de Tolbiac.
Enjoy this sightseeing race as a package with Sports Tours International. Available as part of a package or with Entry Only options.
When? 11th September 2021
The Medoc Marathon is about celebrating all things the good life! This is not just a race; this is a party! It’s compulsory fancy dress, it’s wine and local delicacies like cheese and oysters at the aid stations. It’s about having the best time possible, on a beautiful course through the vineyards of France. The Medoc Marathon is always a sell out event. People flock from around the world to take part in this truly unique running extravaganza. The theme (and dress code) for the 2021 Medoc Marathon is cinema. This is a race you have to see (and take part in) to believe!
Return to racing with this fancy dress, boozy, blast in Bordeaux. Packages available form just £369.
When? 25th September 2021
Established in 1999, the Great Wall Marathon is the original adventure marathon experience. This course includes segments on the goat trail as well as a climb up over 5000 steps on the Great Wall of China itself. The Great Wall is without a doubt one of the world’s greatest feats of human engineering as well as a bucket list tourist site. You can combine one of the world’s top destinations with one of the world’s most sought after adventure marathons with the Great Wall Marathon this autumn. There are loads of optional extras and tour extension packages on offer, to ensure that this is one race experience you’ll remember for a lifetime! Half Marathon and 8.5 km options also available.
Take on the World’s Original adventure Marathon with Sports Tours International this year!
When? 10th October 2021
Autumn 2021 is destined to be pretty MAJOR as far as marathon running is concerned. All 6 of the Abbott Marathon Majors are currently due to take place in a matter of just weeks! The Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be the third major to take place in 2021, following Berlin and London. Chicago is well-known for its bold architecture, bristling skyscraper skyline and iconic landmarks such as the Tribune Tower and the John Hancock Center. Renowned for its art galleries and museums, the city of Chicago is bursting with things to keep you busy. Whether you explore the depths of the ocean at the Shedd Aquarium, take in a show at The Chicago Theatre or ride the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, there is always something on offer in this wonderful city. From deep dish pizza to Chiacgo style hotdogs, there are plenty of local and iconic treats to look forward to after your race. The Marathon itself is one of the fastest in the world, and since Brigid Kosgei’s 2019 run, home of the women’s marathon world record!
Run the windy city, on a world record breaking course, this year with Sports Tours International!
When? 17th October 2021
The world’s newest, and the only Marathon Major to take place in Asia, the Tokyo Marathon returns this Autumn after almost a 2 year absence! There is a real appetite for distance running in Japan. The top marathoners are among the most famous sports stars of the country. The Tokyo Marathon is notoriously difficult to get into. The ballot is heavily over subscribed and there are very few ‘good for age’ places available. However, you can guarantee your place on the start line with packages from Sports Travel International. Optional extras such as sight seeing tours, the International Friendship Run, and the much coveted Tokyo Marathon Jacket, are sure to make this marathon major the running trip of a lifetime.
Run the newest marathon major, when it returns, with Sports Tours International this Autumn
When? 7th November 2021
The big race in the Big Apple. The TCS New York City Marathon is without a doubt one of the most iconic running events in the world. 2021 will see the 50th edition of the event, and it will not be a running engagement to miss! The course of the New York City Marathon takes you on a wonderful whirlwind tour. As you run you will pass through all 5 of the cities boroughs (Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan), each of which has its own character, energy, and of course crowds, before finishing in the legendary Central Park.
“New York is the marathon that all the biggest stars want to win, but has also been the stage for an array of human stories more vast than any other sporting event.”
-Grete Waitz, winner of 9 NYC marathons.
At Sports Tours International, we offer several different packages, from hotel and entry to full travel, and even a VIP 5* Hotel Option, so you can plan your big apple adventure in the best way to suit you.
Take on the biggest of races in the big apple with Sports Tours International this year!
When? 14th November 2021
Because we can’t talk about the world’s best marathons without mentioning where it all began. To say that Athens has a strong marathon pedigree is somewhat of an understatement. According to legend, ancient Greek herald Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Sparta (around 150 miles), to request military aid in the battle of Marathon, before running back to the battlefield (another 150 miles). After the battle, he ran a further 25 miles, to Athens, to announce Greek victory. His last words are said to be “we have won”. It was also here, in 1896, that the marathon was revived for the first modern Olympic games. The current marathon course follows that original Olympic route from the ancient city of Marathon to Athens Olympic Stadium, where a finish worthy of champions awaits!
Race back where it all began with Sports Tours International at the Athens Authentic Marathon.
If, like us, you can’t wait to get back to the world’s most iconic races, but you don’t feel quite ready to travel just yet, why not sign up to one of our notification lists, and get a head start on the 2022 crowds. Due to mass event cancellations, postponements and entry roll overs, we anticipate demand for 2022 to be high with very limited entries available. Our team have been working hard to get as many 2022 events ready for you as soon as possible, with many more to come in the coming weeks.
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