For fitness fanatics, it can be difficult to find a challenge that really pushes you to the very limits of your body’s capabilities. City marathons, daily jogs and general work outs don’t quite cut the mustard when you’re looking for a serious thrill and adrenaline rush.
Take a look at some of these suggestions below for some serious muscle straining marathons that will give you something to aim towards when your inspiration is running low…
The Chasqui Challenge
For some, simply walking the treacherous Inca Trail in the Southern Peruvian Andes poses a serious challenge. For those want to take this experience to another level, the Chasqui Challenge is a 100 mile multi-stage adventure run which follows the ancient Inca Trail from Cuzco to Machu Picchu.
It takes a grand total of 13 days to complete this monster of a marathon, and runners are transported to different archaeological and historical sites to explore in between catching their breath. All of this is completed at an average altitude of 4,000 metres (11,150 feet). The next race is set to take place from August 1st until 15th and all applications should be submitted by February. You can find out more details for securing your place here.
The 4 Deserts Race
Seven days, four deserts, and a whopping 250 kilometres is all it takes to complete these thrilling, exhausting run. The four excruciating elements which make up this race include padding across the Gobi March in China, the Atacama Crossing in Chile, the Sahara Race in Egypt and The Last Desert in Antarctica.
This one is great for those interested in globe trotting as well as running, as you’ll cover 4 different continents during this extreme race. If you fancy taking part you’ll need to show proof that you’re in tip, top condition physically, and submit doctor’s papers with your registration.
The Everest Ultra
This marathon runs from the base camp at Everest, so begins with heights of around 5814 metres. Avoiding mountain sickness is one of the most difficult challenges competitors face during this race, as well as keeping a level head.
This race takes place around March and April and only 50 hardened participants may enter. You can find information about travel to the start line here.
The Haria Extreme
The Haria Extreme is only 32km long, which for most seems like a doddle, yet the terrain you must cross in order to pass the finish line is far from an easy ride. You’ll be scaling mountains, getting soft footed on the beach, and beating down on rugged, rocky terrains for the entire duration.
Unlike the Antarctic Ice Marathon, this is something you’ll have to organise yourself. Check Ryanair for cheap flights out of most European hubs. For cheaper hotel prices, head further south to Puerto del Carmen, which is close to the Timanfaya National Park and will have loads to keep you busy after the race is won.