MANCHESTER, UK, Oct. 26, 2018– Three European capitals offer dedicated runners the chance to ply their passion by running half marathons in combo with sightseeing.
Through the UK-based Sports Tours International, runners can combine a city break with a competition that distance-wise isn’t too challenging.Sports Tours International (https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/) specializes in helping runners and cyclists gain entry to coveted competitions worldwide.
“The main difference between a full and half marathon is the impact on the runners. Those doing full marathons are advised to keep off their legs in the days leading up to a race. This isn’t great when traveling with a non-runner who’s keen to see the sites of London, Paris or Berlin,” said Ross Litherland, Sports Marketing Manager for Sports Tours International.
The first race on Sports Tours International’s spring 2019 half marathon calendar includes London’s newest half marathon:
March 10 - London’s 2019 Vitality Big Half, 2nd edition, offers a lodging package of two to five nights with guaranteed entry for overseas runners. The route that starts at Tower Bridge courses through four London boroughs: Southwark, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich, ending by the Cutty Sark. Travel packages including guaranteed entry for overseas runners are from £369 per person double. (A non-running partner can deduct £150 from the advertised prices as a non-runner discount.)
Included are guaranteed entry into the 2019 Vitality Big Half, daily breakfasts and all hotel taxes. In 2018 there were more than 11,000 runners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, many of whom came from the four London boroughs the event passes through. They were led from the front by Sir Mo Farah who beat a world-class field that included 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru to win the race. The Vitality Big Half has been created by London Marathon Events Ltd., the world’s leading organizer of mass participation sports events that include the Virgin Money London Marathon, the Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling and Swim Serpentine.For details see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/the-vitality-big-half/
Occurring on the same day across the channel is…
March 10 - Paris Half Marathon 2019, supported by a two or three-night lodging package at Hotel de La Porte Doreen near the event start and finish. Arate from £215 per person double includes accommodation and daily breakfast. An early bird race entry fee booking is £50. The ‘Semi de Paris’ is an IAAF Bronze Labelevent famous for its iconic landmarks and romantic culture. Some 40,000 runners are expected to course through continuous musical entertainment. For details see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/paris-half-marathon/
The third event now open for registration is…
April 7 - Berlin Half Marathon 2019 that repeats a tradition first begun in 1985, today attracting over 30,000 runners annually, with 200,000 spectators cheering runners on. Sports Tours International’s guests lodge for three nights at the 4-star Novotel Berlin Am Tiergarten in the heart of Berlin, ideally placed for the Berlin Half Marathon weekend. The per person double rate is from £279. Included are the option to buy a guaranteed entry into the 2019 Berlin Half Marathon; the option to purchase a timing chip, event t-shirt and medal engraving as optional extra’s; and services of a Sports Tours International Representative over the marathon weekend. An early booking fee is £40.00 per entry. For details see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/berlin-half-marathon/
Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling and running events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.
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