What better way to get a quick tour and layout of the town you are visiting than a quick run through the streets? Running through the streets is a great way to explore, especially early in the morning. Familiarize yourself with the streets, the folks who inhabit them and get your workout out of the way before the rest of the world gets started.
The best motivation for running in any place you are visiting? Meeting other runners and connecting to a community all while viewing and experiencing the scenery.
Plan ahead, check your destinations local running shops, running magazines, and local papers for local races or running groups. Local races are fun, and if you are traveling abroad chances are you may be the only foreigners. What a great way to connect.
Fun race prizes, depending on the destination varies; the finishing prize will not always be a medal! Take home a bottle of prize wine, or carton of fresh milk, or even a potted plant! The prize can often be as much fun as the race itself and certainly unique to the area.
Check out the website Run the Planet and connect with other local runners; put in a visitors runners request. Generally the request will fetch two or three responses from other runners, who will either meet you for a local run or suggest races in their area. Take them up on the offer and possibly land yourself a grand running tour with a local who can provide you information like no one else.
Run the Planet has runs listed for each city and have friendly contact pages; use these pages to contact locals and ask if you can race with them or go for a training run. It is a great way to turn a workout into a social event.
Utilize your resources and find places to run and how to meet foreign runners. Ask hotel employees where locals run use the hotel resources, grab a map and go. It’s a great way to see sites while touring the town. Check publications like Runners World, Trail Runner and other publications. Plan a trip around it.
While marking off your list of places to see, as a runner many of those places double as an opportunity for an unforgettable workout.