I’m sure every runner has a running wishlist… races that make you train harder and for which the distance or cost of registration (and sometimes travel) don’t matter. We all think about Boston, New York and other big running events that we’d like to run at least once. The new section of my website, Races Wishlist, will present every now and then some least known races that I hope to run in the future.
As I’ve mentioned in the About page, so far I’ve never ran a single race in Romania… I’m sure I’ll run Bucharest Marathon in the near future and I’m already planning a team for this and a fund raiser similar to my KWF campaign in The Netherlands, but the race that keeps making me want to go home for a run is for sure EcoMaraton Moeciu de Sus.
Why EcoMaraton? The answer couldn’t be simpler… the location. Moeciu de Sus is a village closely located the one of the most beautiful cities in Romania, Brasov and also in the vicinity of some really beautiful places: Sinaia, Peles Castle, Bran Castle (I guess you heard about Dracula… right?), Rasnov and the list can continue…what better excuse can you get other than combining a holiday with a run?
In case you didn’t get it so far from the links of the places mentioned above, EcoMaraton is a trail run through the mountains, offering the participants some amazing landscapes.
There are 2 distances available: 14km (the cross race) with a 600m positive/negative gain and the marathon distance having a 2400m positive/negative gain.
In case the pictures above are not enough to give you a taste of the course and the landscapes, you can find some more pictures in their gallery.
The next race will take place on the 7th of May 2016 and I’m considering planning a holiday home in that period. I’m thinking about running my first ever trail marathon there… If the photos above made you think about it, you should consider arranging an escape to Romania for the race – there are plenty of low cost flights to Romania and accommodation and meals are not expensive. You’ll see a really beautiful corner of the country and also enjoy a trail run which already attracts runners from foreign countries.
Until next time, happy running!