2014 is a massive year for sport – we’ve got the World Cup in Brazil, the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to look forward to. It’s basically jam-packed with every global tournament you can think of. It’s also an immensely busy year in the world of running, with marathons and half-marathons dotted around the globe throughout the year – not to mention the gritty, hard-core endurance races that leave even the hardest men standing in a pool of tears.
Whether you’re running the Liverpool half-marathon in March or waiting until the start of November for the ING New York marathon, there’s no doubt that you, along with many other fitness fans will have your eyes fixed on the running world this April. Not only is the world famous Virgin London Marathon taking place on the 13th. We also have marathons in Madrid (27th), Canberra (13th) and Cape Town (19th) as well as a huge list of locations on the 6th (Brighton, Paris, Manchester, Zurich and Milan – to name a few. April also sees the Boston Marathon take place on the 21st, one year on from the tragic events of 2013.
The Virgin London Marathon is one of the most important running events of the year. For 33 years it has provided entertainment for the millions watching and a challenge for the, on average, 35,000 professional and amateur runners every year. There’s no doubt this year’s will be another great run with plenty to talk about. Can anyone beat Emmanuel Mutai’s staggering record of 2:04:40 in 2011?
Five months down the line, in September, begins the Bupa Great North Run – the world’s largest half-marathon. Taking place across Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England’s north east, the event has been running for as long as the London Marathon and is famed for being the brainchild of former Olympic medallist Brendan Foster. This year is extra special as it will become the first mass participation running event to include one million finishers.
You’ve definitely been given more than a few options if you’re choosing to run this year! But what about something different? Imagine the endurance and pride of a marathon mixed with the thrill and excitement of an obstacle course, throw in a lot of mud and you’ve got Tough Mudder!
Designed by the British Special Forces, these twelve mile obstacle courses are not for the fainthearted. They’re no ordinary obstacles – more ice cold baths and a run through a maze of live electrical wires than a few hurdles. This really sets it apart from the rest along with the camaraderie of the runners, who all have one goal – to finish!
For those crazy enough to accept the challenge, Tough Mudder is held in locations all over the world from London (26-27th April and 25-26th October) to Berlin (26-27th July) or, for a similar alternative, you can try out the Tough Guy Marathon in March.
So, whether you’re sticking to a more ‘traditional’ marathon, or you’ve chosen the crazy route in 2014, you’re bound to have a great time. Don’t forget, Kitbag.com has a huge range of running and fitness gear to get you through whatever obstacle stands in your way!
Getting involved? Let us know what events you’re running in below and we’ll keep an eye out for you!