run away: destination marathons

Looking to run a marathon in 2011? Whether it's your first one or your fourteenth, check out some of our favourites. We believe in travelling, so why not pick a destination race this year? (Rome, perhaps? Talk about a delicious pre-race carb load.)

the races we'd love to run

Head for the sun

Who needs an excuse to play in the sun and surf? Say aloha to Kauai or celebrate your personal best in the City of Angels. If you’re feeling really adventurous, head to Brazil and reward yourself with a post-race bikini. (At least you know it will fit in your suitcase.)

Kauai Marathon, Kauai, Hawaii, September 4, 2011

Honda LA Marathon, Los Angeles, California, March 20, 2011

Rio de Janeiro Marathon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 17, 2011 (date not confirmed yet)

Come to Canada

Run with us in the land where lululemon started. Whether you hit the pavement in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto or Quebec City, you can expect water station high-fives from local lululemon staff.

BMO Vancouver Marathon, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 1, 2011

Ottawa Marathon, Ottawa, Ontario, May 28-29, 2011

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Toronto, Ontario, October 16, 2011

SSQ Quebec City Marathon, Quebec City, Quebec August 28, 2011

Tour the USA

Chicago, San Francisco and NYC are all great. Why not try something new? Soak in the beauty of the Oregon Coast, keep it weird in Austin, get lucky in Vegas or sip a glass of vino in Wine Country – after the race, of course.

Newport Marathon, Newport, Oregon, June 4, 2011

LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon, Austin, Texas, February 20, 2011

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 4, 2011

Wineglass Marathon, Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York, October 2, 2011

Get your travel on

Don't limit yourself to your neighbourhood marathon.

Hop across the pond

Collect stamps in your passport and clock some miles on foreign soil. There are lots to choose from. Whether you choose Stockholm, Rome, Prague, Paris or another fabulous race that's not listed, you're bound to have the adventure of a lifetime. 

Asics Stockholm Marathon, Stockholm, Sweden, May 28, 2011

Maratona di Roma, Rome, Italy, March 20, 2011

Prague International Marathon, Prague, Czech Republic, May 8, 2011

Marathon de Paris, Paris, France, April 10, 2011

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Where will you run this year? Let us know, we just might be there to cheer you on or run alongside you!

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I’m running the Canyonlands 1/2 Marathon (my first!).

I’m actively looking for an equally pretty course for my first full marathon, date TBD.

Thanks, Lulu! I didn’t need any assistance with jumping into a full-blown yoga practice, but I wouldn’t have jumped head-first into distance running if it weren’t for you! I’m loving it.

Comment by Joanna — January 24, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

What about Australia? Given your emerging business presence I would have thought their running festivals should be on your list!

Comment by sculley — January 24, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

Do you have a list of some of the best half marathons?

Comment by Christine — January 24, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

Yup, where are the Australian runs?? We LOVE your gear down under!!

I’m doing a 1/2 Marathon in Sydney in May, then
Gold Coast Marathon in July (Queensland, AUS), then Sydney and Melbourne 1/2 marathons in Sept and Oct respectfully and then hopefully a trip across the ocean to NYC for the marathon in November!

BIG YEAR and hoping to wear Lululemon with pride :)

Comment by Tash — January 24, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

I can only imagine my excitement when I see the lulu cheer station at the Ottawa Marathon in May!!

Comment by caity — January 24, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

Great post on where to look for races! The online running community is so supportive and the resources available have vastly improved. Thank you for offering running clubs at most of your stores and being a part of helping people achieve their goals!

Comment by erin m. {{well in l.a.}} — January 25, 2011 @ 1:26 am

Great list! Last year, on a round-the-world trip, I ran some great marathons: Buenos Aires, Salomon K42 Adventure Trail Marathon in Patagonia, and an obscure 40K almost marathon in Tuscany. This year, not so lucky in terms of travel, but I’m aiming for Lithia Loop trail marathon in Oregon and/or a marathon in Minnesota such as Grandma’s. I publish a travel-oriented running site called The Runner’s Trip to keep myself motivated to plan destination-oriented running, with the belief that travel makes me a better runner and running makes a better trip. I’ll share your list with others :-).

Comment by Sarah — January 25, 2011 @ 5:24 am

How did I miss the Aussie runs!? (I am married to an Australian. Shame shame.) Tash, thanks for your suggestions. I hope you make it to NYC this year.
I’m going to touch base with our stores down under and find out which ones they’re planning on participating in too. :) Thanks to all you beautiful people out there! I’m glad you’re enjoying this post.

Comment by Elissa Joy — January 25, 2011 @ 10:28 am

WOW Sarah! Sounds like you should write a book. :) That race is Tuscany is almost enough to motivate me to run 40K. Almost. Thanks for sharing the list! Good luck with your races this year.

Comment by Elissa Joy — January 25, 2011 @ 10:35 am

How about Bermuda marathon in January 2012 (it has just passed for this year!) or even better the triangle challange which consists of a mile on Friday night, 10k on Saturday and 1/2 or full marathon on Sunday!
Wish we could get a lulu store in Bermuda but LOVE the international shipping and almost every runner and yogi on this island owns lulu!

Comment by Mel — January 25, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

This one should be fun! It’s new, and off-road.

Comment by Natalie — January 27, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

I travel the world racing in marathons and triathlons. There is no greater way to see the world! Right now I am in Miami training for 5 days and running the ING Miami Half Marathon (beautiful race).
I see you have the Paris Marathon on your list; while yes, it is a fabulous race (did it last year), and the Wineglass Marathon…get the two for one deal by running the Marathon du Meduc. It is the BEST wine tasting marathon in the world! 26.2 miles through the Bordeaux Region of France.
-kimberly shah
lulu ambassador at 900 North Michigan Ave, Chicago

Comment by Kimberly Shah — January 27, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

I ran the NYC marathon this past November and was so thrilled to get cheered on by Lululemon employees! They recognized my outfit :) Great suggestions for marathons to run – I’m ready to tackle some new ones.

Comment by Teena — January 30, 2011 @ 11:31 am

I’ve done several races abroad and many more close to home and every marathon offers its own unique feel and experience.
For fun in the sun, I highly recommend Rio de Janeiro, as well as Miami. I’ve heard great things about the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia.
To run the course that legends have run, you can’t beat the feel of giving it your all in Boston. If you are looking for a fast qualifier, Amsterdam was one of the flattest routes I’ve ever run 42.2k on, and closer to home, Road 2 Hope in Hamilton has the fastest percentage of finishers with BQ times of any race, and the size of the field is growing a lot each year.
For a fun time, you can’t beat the Disney Marathon, or maybe even try the Goofy Challenge by running the Half the day before the full.
If challenges are what you are looking for, why not sign up for the Great Wall Marathon in China? It’s not the cheapest race I’ve ever done, but the experience was like nothing else.
If you are in Australia, and want to see the ACT, the Canberra Marathon would give you a complete tour of the best of the capital. They even have a 50k option if you are feeling courageous. I under-estimated how much can change in those last 7.8k.
For the best big races in Canada, I can only speak great things of the Waterfront Marathon in Toronto, having finished it 6 times in a row now. Ottawa is also a big city favourite of mine. If you like smaller races better, check out the Prince Edward Country Marathon in Picton, Ottawa Fall Colours Race, or the Waterloo Marathon through Amish Country.
Niagara Falls is a cool destination race too, because you get to hang out in Buffalo in an fancy fine art museum before the start of the race, which takes you across the Peace Bridge before heading down the shore towards the Falls.
I’m sure there’s some I forgot, but those are the highlights from me!
Some races I look forward to doing in the future are the Antarctic Marathon, Comrades in South Africa, London Marathon and maybe Chicago and Berlin.

Comment by Brian Groot — February 7, 2011 @ 9:45 am

I’m planning to run the BMO Okanagan 1/2 in October, so my training will start in June!

Comment by Alicia — February 20, 2011 @ 9:43 am

I ran the original marathon course in Athens, Greece last year – 2,500th anniversary! We’re heading up to the Poconos to run the Run for the Red Marathon & Half in May (best small town race EVER) and then the San Antonio Rock n Roll in November. We’ll be decked out in our favorite Lululemon gear!

Comment by Heather — March 10, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

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