I have two race books on our coffee table: The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges and World’s Ultimate Running Races.
They are a constant reminder of all the cool adventures there are in the world. I find myself perusing them frequently, dreaming of races to run in faraway lands and wondering if I’d ever be bold enough to try some.
The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges by Richard Hoad and Paul Moore
This book profiles 50 of the world’s toughest challenges that push athletes to their limits. It includes gorgeous photos, information about the races, and first-hand accounts from past participants.
It’s broken into races by continent and features everything from ultramarathons to multidiscipline events to freediving.
I think the coolest race is the jungle marathon: an ultramarathon in the Amazon jungle where you have to support yourself over 220 km while worrying about poisonous trees, extreme humidity, and lurking dangers in the river and swamp crossings.
Another fascinating race is the Crocodile Trophy in Australia that challenges the strongest mountain bikers over 1,200km of riding through bush, creeks with crocodiles, and outback trails.
The Cadiz Freedom Swim in South Africa sounds downright dangerous! The book says the water leaves many of its competitors clinically hypothermic with unpredictable currents fuelling massive swells and the most aggressive sharks on the planet.
It’s a really great read and fun book to flip through! I’d love to try at least one of the races in here. Maybe after reading about all of them a few more times I’ll decide on a goal adventure race!
This book is running focused featuring 500 races in 101 countries. There are 10 categories of races featured from road to stage to trail to track.
The races are in calendar chronological order, but you can also look them up based on country, category, or name.
There’s tons of information about each race including name, category, history, a bit about the race course, distance, terrain, climate, records, and the website.
Currently on my list: Gold Coast Marathon in Queensland, Australia; Lantau Mountain Marathon in Hong Kong; and the Victoria Fall Marathon in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
What adventure race would you like to do?
What international races are on your list?
Thanks for reading! I scheduled a few posts to go up while I’m cruising the California coast with my family. I don’t expect to be online much, so I won’t be commenting on blogs or writing trip updates on here. However, I hope to post to my Instagram feed (thechangeofpace) when the mood strikes!