by Melissa silverberg
and finish lines When you’re building your race schedule for 2018, consider exploring a neW place While trying a neW race. If you ask Denise Sauriol which of the 89 marathon finish lines she has crossed is her favorite, she wouldn’t hesitate to say Chicago; nothing beats the city where she lives and first ran 26.2 miles. She does have other favorite marathons however, including Antarctica, Iceland, South Africa, and they are a bit different than running through the Windy City. Runners like Sauriol are combining their love of travel with a pair of laced up running shoes and redefining what it means to go on vacation.
“On your feet is one of the best ways to see a new city,” said Sauriol, whose first international marathons in Berlin and Dublin got her hooked on adventure travel. “I can’t stop. There are so many places I want to go.” That desire to see the world on your own two feet is the premise of Marathon Tours, a company that organizes trips for runners on all seven continents. Marathon Tours takes care of all the details, like ensuring your entry in major races like London or Tokyo, arranges travel and hotels, and introduces you to a group of other runners making the same journey.
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