The Tarawera Ultramarathon is this weekend, and as far as I can tell, it’s a beautiful race. I’ve never gone to a race specifically for the scenery, but there are some really amazing places out there. I’ve included a few below that came right to mind:
Western States travels from Squaw Valley to Auburn, CA.
The Pikes Peak Ascent starts in Manitou Springs and runs up to the summit of Pikes Peak.
The Hardrock 100 is in Silverton, CO, and is known as one of the toughest races there is. There is nearly 68,000 feet of total elevation change!
Equinox Marathon is in Fairbanks, AK, and is held during the autumn equinox.
Big Sur is home to many great races including the Big Sur International Marathon.
Of course, I have to include UTMB, which I hope to run someday.
Finally, I will acknowledge that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe the best scenery isn’t the redwoods in New Zealand or the mountain peaks in the Alps. Maybe it’s the crowds waiting for you to make the turn onto First Avenue:
Maybe it’s even an ugly old sign:
What is the most scenic race that you’ve done?