Running a marathon or even a foot race of any distance is a great test of endurance that can be quite fun for many athletic types. However, sometimes organizers like to add a little flair, drama, wacky stunts, and adventure to invite more runners and spectators. Here are a couple of unusual and unique races from across the globe!
The Underwater Marathon: Lloyd Scott went through this one-time, full-distance marathon at the bottom of Scotland’s Loch Ness, wearing a 55 kg vintage diving suit. Running alone for almost a fortnight in such a dark and cold place, Scott may have very well completed the world’s loneliest marathon.
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Zombie races: With the undead outbreak infesting our popular culture and entertainment, it’s not surprising to learn that a variety of zombie-themed runs have sprouted up all over. There may be different executions of the concept, but many organizers have actors in zombie makeup chase after the runners through varied terrain while the runners try to protect the flags hanging from their belts from being captured by the zombies.
The Firefly Run: This night run has participants run through the track wearing LED lights and glow-in-the-dark accessories, creating a spectacle of sparkling runners moving through the night. Another similarly whimsical race concept is the “Color Run” that has spawned versions all over the world. The basic concept? Start off wearing white racing duds and end it wearing all the colors of the rainbow!
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Safaricom Marathon: Consisting of full, half, and children’s marathons, Lewa’s event invites runners from all over the world to experience the thrill of running through a wildlife conservancy and take in some of East Africa’s wildest residents and most beautiful views. Runners don’t just concentrate on making time; they also have to make sure to avoid confrontations with rhinos, buffalo, and lions.
Those looking for a little spice and added excitement (or danger) to their races can check out these races, or look up the myriad of unique and unusual marathons constantly being cooked up by creative running enthusiasts from all over the world.