You Run The World
As we really get into the swing of 2018, it’s time to forget about resolutions - kept or broken. Get into your stride again with a beautiful change of scenery. From beach runs on Happiness Island to cherry-blossom views in Tokyo, the globe is a maze of diverse runs for every level of commitment. On your marks. Get set. Go!
Abu Dhabi, UAE
When you think of running destinations, Abu Dhabi might not be the first to spring to mind. However, the temperate weather and unique tracks make it an ideal checkpoint with plenty of views along the way. Saadiyat Island (also known as Happiness Island) is the place to get a sweat on, whether you’re fighting jet lag with an early morning run or want to watch the sunset while you jog. The 9km track along its beach offers quiet runs and a spectacular seascape. Refreshing stuff.
That being said, track running isn’t for everyone. Hardcore athletes need look no further than the annual Desert Warrior Challenge, which takes place in various locations around the UAE. There are different obstacle courses to tackle but the 20km Extreme Warrior circuit will have you climbing, crawling and swinging over 30 obstacles. You’ll definitely walk away feeling sore but who knows, you might also walk away with the DWC title. Quite the souvenir.
Where to stay: Bab Al Qasr Hotel
Los Angeles, USA
Los Angeles is a city renowned for its sun-kissed beaches and hilly trails bus they aren’t just for sunbathers and hikers. In fact, the City of Angels is something of a running hub, hosting one of the of the most famous marathons in the world and sporting every terrain you can think of. Warm weather throughout most of the year is just a bonus. For a tropical run, “The Strand” on Manhattan beach provides iconic views of the volleyball nets and pier featured in movies like Point Break and Starsky & Hutch. We recommend running the mile-long track a few times before kicking off your trainers and feel the sand between your toes. And yes, wave-hopping does count as a cool-down.
View from Runyon Canyon Park, LA
Further up in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Los Angeles, Runyon Canyon Park attracts over 1.8 million people every year. And no wonder. With countless walking, hiking and running trails, you could run a new route every day. The park is also the go-to athleisure destination for some of Hollywood’s biggest names. There’s no motivation to tie your laces and go like bumping into your favorite celebrity.
Where to stay: Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
Tokyo is a destination worth considering if you enjoy a splash of color on your runs. Koganei is the second largest park in Tokyo and hosts all the fitness activities you could hope for, from an archery range to a cycling course. The jewel of the Koganei for runners is the winding 5km track spanning the length of the park, which means catching sight of the towering Tokyo architecture on its borders as well as over 2,000 cherry-blossom trees. Warning: you’ll want to stop regularly and take lots of photos.
Where to stay: Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo
The year is still young and full of opportunities to find your space. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, casual jogger or just want to explore the world with a spring in your step, there are plenty of destinations to choose from. Race you there?