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Marathoners Crisscross the Globe Looking for Their Next Big Race

Excerpt from New York Times

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Traveling to exotic destinations to run a marathon is just one form of niche fitness tourism that drives people from around the world to compete in new destinations.

— Samantha Shankman

Among the throngs of runners crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Sunday for the New York City Marathon, a fair number of them will travel not to Boston for their next race, but to lesser-known, far-flung destinations like Napa ValleyMont-St.-Michel, France, even the savanna of South Africa.

“Sightseeing at 26.2 miles at a time” is how Thom Gilligan of Marathon Tours & Travel described this trend of traveling to marathons.

“There’s no better way to break through the touristic veneer of a destination than to participate, elbow to elbow, with local people,” he said.

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