Personally, I don’t like to run, or really a lot of physical activity. But the weather is getting nice and something tells me this coming summer is going to be a hot one. So here’s a few marathons happening this summer and places you can stay:
1 May – Marathon de Senart, France
A thirty minute drive from Disneyland Paris, this 16-year-old race takes you on a run through the beautiful city of Siene-et-Marne while musical entertainment keeps you going at every marker.
Stay in: Disneyland Paris Dream Castle
Make your race a family affair with a stay near Disneyland Paris! VI Hotel’s Dream Castle Hotel is close to Disneyland Paris and just half an hour away from the centre of the city. Situated in a classic French garden with a lake, the quiet surroundings will make for a relaxing break following an eventful day at the Disneyland & Walt Disney Studios Parks.
2 adults and 2 children stay 1 night with breakfast from £96
3 May – Prague Marathon, Czech Republic
Run along the historic city river and across the magical Charles Bridge. The Prague International Marathon is considered, by many, to be one of the top 10 marathons and invariably contains a number of high profile runners. Winding through the streets of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and taking you past sights such as Prague Castle and the Astronomical Clock and over the Charles Bridge, it is a spectacular race. And with a mainly flat course there is the chance for a personal best.
Stay in: VI andel’s Hotel Prague
A stunning modern design hotel which brilliantly stands out at the edge of the Old Town with spa facilities for post-marathon recovery. 2 adults for one night with breakfast from £73.
3 May – Salzburg Marathon, Austria
Take a run through the home of Mozart and “The Sound of Music”! A two-lap race through historical Salzburg, the Salzburg Marathon takes you past the Mozart monument, the little lake Leopoldskron, Mirabelle Palace, through the beautiful Hellbrunn Allee and the courtyard of Schloss Helbrunn.
Stay in: Castellani Parkhotel
Only a 15-minute walk from the city centre, it’s the perfect hub for runners of the Salzburg Marathon. The hotel team also organises guided tours upon request so you can enjoy the city at a more leisurely pace. 2 adults for one night with breakfast from £122.
6 June – NEW FOR 2015- Hahlici Trail, Croatia
The Hahlici mountains, known as the “Grobnik Alps”, will be home to the first Hahlici Trail race. The marathon takes you across rolling grassy plains that overlook some of Croatia’s most beautiful hilly landscapes. It’s the perfect solution if you can’t decide between spending some time at the beach and hiking along a beautiful landscape.
Stay in: VI Bristol Hotel
Opatija is known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and is right on the Kvarner Gulf, about an hour’s drive from the Hahlici Trail starting point. This gives you the option to congratulate yourself and completely kick back on the beach after a day out The hotel sits in the town centre, with a terrace offering panoramic views over the sea. For relaxation and wellness, the hotel offers a spa and beauty area.
2 adults for one night with breakfast from £54
This marathon takes you from the city into some of the most beautiful Bavarian landscapes in the region including around Lake Hopfrnsee and through the Schwansee woodlands. The route also passes near some of the area’s finest castles from the 18th century. Run on a flat course, this marathon gives you a great opportunity to beat your personal best.
Stay in: Angelo Hotel Munich
The race is a short train ride away from the hotel, which is close to the central railway station and only 8 minutes from central square Marienplatz. After a day running in Bavaria, discover the tradition and diversity of Munich. 2 adults for one night with breakfast from £79.50