It’s safe to say that the start of 2020 has not panned out the way we expected. There have been widespread changes and disruptions to our everyday lives, brought about by the the global COVID – 19 pandemic. Event postponements and cancellations have become an almost daily occurrence. Restrictions on movement and outdoor activity have also meant that, for many, outdoor endurance training is currently very limited. Finding the motivation to carry on might be feeling difficult right now.
But all these measures have been put in place for a very good reason. To help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Then, as a global active community, we will reach the end of this disaster sooner, and get back to what we love most. The Big Events.
The good news (especially for fans of a full race calendar) is that, with 4 World Marathon Majors, packed in around countless other high profile events; it looks like autumn/ winter 2020, is going to be one that runners everywhere will remember for a long time!
2020 is set to see some of our highest profile races reach some lofty milestones. This includes a landmark 40th birthday for the Virgin Money London Marathon and the iconic Great North Run, and the 50th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon!
TRAINING FOR YOUR 2020 MARATHON
First of all, don’t panic! Given that the majority of the 2020 marathon season won’t be kicking off until mid September, a standard 12 or 16 week marathon training plan would not need to start until June or July, so there’s no need to get too worried about your race preparation just yet. You can keep your pre marathon fitness levels high, with plenty of easy training (training at a high intensity can increase risk of injury and compromise the immune system), set a new goal, and then focus on your target ahead.
You could use the coming weeks as a great opportunity to catch up on often neglected strength training. Stair climbing and skipping are great ways to keep on top of your cardio, without needing tons of space or expensive gym equipment, while training platforms like Zwift and Strava can help us feel connected, even in these hard times of isolation.
Here’s all the dates you need to know, of the different events around the world!
Petra Desert Marathon – September 5th – This race offers an unparalleled running adventure, with a course that winds through the breathtaking red sandstone landscape of Jordan.Experience the unique and historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra while taking on the running challenge of a lifetime!
Paris Half Marathon- September 6th -Postponed from spring, you can run through the ‘city of love’ this autumn! Take on the iconic streets of Paris. The ‘Semi de Paris’ is a World Athletics Bronze Label race which attracts 40,000 runners from across France and wider Europe.
Medoc Marathon – September 12th– Dress up, drink wine, and explore the beautiful countryside of France. Does it get any better than that? Take your place on a marathon that has to be run to be believed – where fancy dress is compulsory and wine is strongly encouraged.
Simplyhealth Great North Run– September 13th – Quite simply one of the world’s greatest running festivals; the Simplyhealth Great North Run is the biggest half marathon on the planet, with 60,000 runners coming from all over the world to take part! Note – we can not accept bookings from British residents for this event!
Boston Marathon – September 14th – The oldest annual marathon in the world, and probably one of the toughest to get into; this race doesn’t really need an introduction. The Boston Marathon has been postponed for 2020, but has never missed a race in over 120 years! It will now take place on September 14th.
Disneyland Paris Run Weekend -September 27th -Race options include 5k, 10k, half marathon, and 31 and 36k challenges, as well as kids races too! You can get the whole family involved in the running fun! Disneyland Paris invites you for a magical weekend, running at the most enchanting venue on earth!
Virgin Money London Marathon – October 4th – The Virgin Money London Marathon, postponed from April 26th, is without doubt one of the world’s most famous and sought after marathons. However, as the official Irish tour operator for the event, we have an allocation of entries so we can GUARANTEE your place at the landmark 40th edition of this epic race. Places for Irish residents ONLY.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon – October 11th – Home of the women’s mixed marathon World Record! This race offers a flat, fast, exhilarating course through the heart of the ‘windy city’. Last year, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei took over a minute off the women’s marathon world record, which had been held by Paula Radcliffe since 2003.
Paris Marathon – 18th October – The Paris Marathon is an ever growing event, which now attracts well over 50,000 runners each year. Postponed from spring, the race starts on one of the most famous streets in the world, Les Champs Elysées. The Paris Marathon is a spectacular journey through the City of Light!
TCS Amsterdam Marathon- 18th October – This flat course starts and finishes in an iconic Olympic Stadium. A wonderful race for PB chasers, and those aiming for a WMM qualifying time. Amsterdam is continually rated one of Europe’s best cities to visit, and the TCS Amsterdam Marathon is continually ranked amongst the world’s fastest marathon courses – what is there not to like!
Washington Marine Corps Marathon– 25th October – This race started in started in 1975 as a marathon to promote community spirit, and to help raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Every year, thousands of runners turn out, to run past the US capital’s most famous landmarks and show their support for the US Marine Corps.
KBC Dublin Marathon – 25th October– At Sports Travel International, we are proud to be an Official travel partner of the KBC Dublin Marathon. You can have the race of a lifetime with our team, on the emerald isle. This race is growing exponentially, in reputation and in popularity. The 2020 race looks to be bigger and better than ever before! Please note: our packages are for runners who are resident outside of the island of Ireland only.
TCS New York City Marathon – 1st November– The world’s biggest marathon hits in the big apple, will be hitting the big 50 in 2020! At Sports Travel International, our Full Travel Package includes hotel, flights, guaranteed entry (as an optional extra), airport transfers, celebration party and the services of our amazing Sports Travel International staff. Celebrate New York’s Big Birthday in style with us!
Athens Authentic Marathon – 8th November – A must do race for any real running buff. The Legend of the Battle of Marathon itself, and of the superhuman efforts of soldier Pheidippides, who, in 490 BC ran to Athens from Marathon, make this race, the spiritual home of all marathons. The course is made doubly historically significant by its finish; at the stadium of the first modern Olympic Games, held in 1896.
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Before You Travel
Before setting out on any journey overseas, we would strongly recommend that you check the current travel advice for the country you wish to visit. It is also advisable to make sure you are upto date on any local customs, rules, or regulations.
For travellers from the republic of Ireland, this can be done by checking on the Foreign Travel Advice section of the DFA website. For Northern Irish customers, you can find all the latest foreign travel advice on the FCO website.
We also advise, prior to travel, that you ensure you are covered by full, and fit for purpose travel insurance, that covers you for all of the activities that you might want to undertake on your tripk. For information on Sports Travel International’s sports specific travel insurance, developed by our partners at Blue Insurance please visit HERE.
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