20 Races to do before you die

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21/08/2008 at 15:44

Wouldn't it be magical to be able to look back and say you've done all these runs. There are a good few there that would be once in a lifetime opportunities and what an amazing way to see a city!!

 I personally recommend the two South African races mentioned - Two Oceans and Comrades. Not to be missed!

21/08/2008 at 15:58
2 down...18 to go
21/08/2008 at 16:10
I've done one - don't fancy the others much
21/08/2008 at 16:13

Go Scotty! Which ones have you done?

 Was one enough Wilkie?

21/08/2008 at 16:15
Ah Cake, how nice of you to offer. Perhaps Runners World would consider hiring you purely for this function??
21/08/2008 at 16:17

Done one (NY) and planning Two Oceans next year.

Not sure my body is up to the MdS but with my drinking head on I could do Medoc!

21/08/2008 at 16:20
Good luck with your training Sue! I'm sure you'll love every minute of it. Hope you get good weather.
21/08/2008 at 16:22

Kellyd, Great Wall Marathon in 2006 and New York Marathon last year. Both were absolutely fantastic experiences and I did them as part of an organised package (which wasn't cheap).

I'd be interested to see just how much doing all these would cost. I'm about £3K down already

I'm guessing Antarctica is the most expensive at US$15,750

Edited: 21/08/2008 at 16:26
21/08/2008 at 16:24
Berlin this year , Paris and Swiss 79K next year and Comrades 2010. Well thats the plan at the moment
21/08/2008 at 16:25
Berlin this year , Paris and Swiss 78K next year and Comrades 2010. Well thats the plan at the moment
21/08/2008 at 16:31

Oh my, Ultra Hawk, i'll live through you!!

Scotty, i'd love to do the Great Wall, but wasn't that so much tougher than any normal marathon?

Cheerful Dave    pirate
21/08/2008 at 17:42

A few too many big-city marathons in there for my liking.  I'm sure they're great experiences, but is there really enough difference between Chicago, New York, Paris, Berlin etc to make them all 'must-do' races?

21/08/2008 at 20:25
I'll have a go Cake if you fancy funding them for me
21/08/2008 at 20:54
Kellyd, yeah, the GWM is more of an event than a race. I saw grown men cry trying to negotiate the 18" steps on the final stages. I finished in 5hrs 10min. My normal mara time is 3hrs 45min. I'm very proud of my PW.
Edited: 21/08/2008 at 20:55
22/08/2008 at 11:27

My PW is worse than yours Scotty - 6:38 to get round the Marathon du Medoc

There was so much wine to be tasted.....

Kellyd - I've also done a big city mara (London), and yes, one was enough.

22/08/2008 at 11:42

Singapore is an interesting city mara. Quite surreal as it started at 6am in the dark in a humid 25C which rose to 34C after 7 when the sun was up. Youch!!

Wlikie, I am strangely drawn to the MduM for some bizarre reason Was that where you discovered  the lovely 'Arse'?

22/08/2008 at 11:42
You really wouldn't want to PB on that Mara , Wilkie
Edited: 22/08/2008 at 11:43
22/08/2008 at 12:45

I am hoping to improve on my PW next year  

You should do it, Scotty - I'm sure you could better your PW too, with a bit of effort!  And it is great fun.

Yes, that's where we found the Chateau d'Arse - amongst many, many, others....

24/08/2008 at 14:04
Hi guys, 5 down 15 to go aqnd yes, there is enough of a difference between the big city races in my opinion to justify being there. There are two world top 10 lists and hope to complete with Honolulu next yeat. Both list have that plus FLM, Berlin, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, NY, Chicago, Boston, Stockholm and one has Paris, the other Washington. All completely different and the only ones I query are the two Dutch. Plan to do two oceans/comrades but also Midnight Sun and Siberian just because....
26/08/2008 at 13:38

Not sure if MDS should be included, bit more than a marathon ! Hoping to do one next year if I don't fet in FLM, NY or De Medoc the two favourites, just coz they would be such fun....shopping and wine, perfick !

Only got one Mara under my belt, Snowdonia 2007, but doing Dublin in Oct.

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