Lesser known European Half and Full Marathons

In May, as the sun starts to appear, many of us will start to feel more naturally active. The world becomes a hotbed for half and full-on-marathons, and to encourage the keen runners amoung us SCRUBD have put together their favourite routes in Europe for this summer.

Plitvice Half/Marathon, Croatia

The 33rd annual Plitvice Marathon will take place in early June this year, straight through the middle of UNESCO heritage site, the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is a run for all levels, and has a longer time limit than usual to work in time to marvel at the nature around you as you go. Use this event as a great way to work a big run into your holiday, and see some amazing sights at the same time.

Race Day: Sunday 3rd June 2018, 9:00am (deadline for application is 10th May 2018)

Mozart 100, Salzburg, Austria

The Scenic 55 and Scenic 100 (57k and 102k loops respectively) take runners through ‘Sound of Music country’ from the Mozartplatz in the middle of historic Saltzburg, and out through magnificent forests, meadows and hills to Fuschlsee Lake. Be warned, this is not a race for beginners, as the terrain is tricky, however the photos speak for themselves, rural Austria and marathons certainly do go well together!

Race Day: Saturday 16th June 2018 Scenic 100, 5:00am and Scenic 55, 9:30am (deadline for application is 31st March 2018, so if you’ve missed this year keep an eye out for 2019)

Tenerife Blue Trail

The Tenerife 43km marathon consists of a combination of paths, tracks and asphalt, so is not an easy run as a result. This, combined with high-season heat, makes the Tenerife Blue Trail a beautiful but challenging run, taking participants through Caldera de Agumansa, Anaga Chasna, Ladera de Tigaiga and Mirador de San Pedro, to name a few places.

Race Day: Saturday 9th June 2018 (deadline for entry is 22nd May 2018)

ING Route Du Vin Half Marathon, Luxemburg

The small town of Remich, on Luxemburg’s border with Germany hosts the Route Du Vin, which sadly is not what it seems, with no wine to be drunk en route. This half-marathon is takes place during high grape-picking season, providing some great sights of this and the River Moselle to see while on the road. Runners must finish this flat level race within 2hours 30mins, so not all too much time to stop and soap up the landscape.

Race Day: 30th September 2018 (deadline for entry is 10th September 2018)