Marathon and Triathlon

Choosing the Right Marathon and Triathlon Vacation

Suggested Tour Operators

Sports Travel International (http://www.sportstravelinternational.com, Tel. + 353 1 498 2656)
Irish specialists offering travel packages for international marathon trips and guided races.
Albatros Travel (http://www.albatros-travel.com, Tel. +45 36 98 00 00)
For those interested in combining unique travel experiences with physical challenges this South African travel company takes athletes to four international Adventure Marathons including The Great Wall Marathon, Big Five Marathon, Great Tibetan Marathon and Polar Circle Marathon.
Apostolos Greek Tours (http://www.athensmarathon.com, Tel. + (303) 755-2888)
Offering support for runners for the Athens Greece Marathon.
Marathon Tours & Travel (http://www.marathontour.com, Tel. + 1 800 444 4097)
Offers travel trips to major marathons around the world and includes the Seven Continents Club, a club for adventurous runners who have run a marathon on the seven continents.
Marathon International (http://www.marathonsinternational.com, Tel. + 1 (310) 560-7214
Travel tour to the world’s marathons in Rome, Paris, London and many other destinations.
Total Body Fitness (http://www.totalbodyfitness.com, Tel. + 1 916 202 3006)
Adventurous Multisport training, racing and travel company based in California with tours to American, European and Asian races.
Anthony Travel Inc (http://www.anthonytravel.com, Tel. + 1 214) 363 0073)
Offers travel packages to the Arctic Marathon and a variety of other marathons worldwide.
Endurance Sports Travel (http://www.endurancesportstravel.com, Tel. + 1 610 399 4662)
Offer complete travel packages to Ironman events in Western Australia, Pucón, New Zealand, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
Carole Mills Marathon Travel (http://www.marathons.co.nz, Tel. + 64 9 296 2253)
Arranges international marathons to London, New York and China plus advice and planning for many others.
Triathlon Travel (http://www.triathlontravel.com, + 39 045 8011743)
Italian tour agent arranging travel to triathlons to places like Cuba and Thailand.
Ronan Pensec Travel (http://www.ronanpensectravel.com/17.html, + 33 (0)6 7703 2949)
French company offering travel tours to the Tour de France, French Alpe d’Huez Triathlon, Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco and Wildflower Triathlon in California.
Cousins Tours and Travel (http://www.cousinstt.com/sport_travel.htm, + 61 3 9827 2999)
Australian company focusing on swimming, cycling and triathlon in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.
Endurance Sports Travel (http://www.endurancesportstravel.com, Tel. + 1 610 399 4662)
Takes groups to Ironman events in Europe, Africa, South Pacific and North America.

Do-it-yourself options

Doing-it-yourself is easy on the marathon / triathlon circuit. Most races have online registration forms to fill out and you can pay by credit card. A travel agent worth their salt can book you on flights to get there plus find hotels locally. They will also let you know what visas you need to go to the country.

If you wish to make the bookings yourself you can book flights online and organize your own accommodation by consulting a travel guide or checking online forums for recommendations. The race website might list good accommodation options close to the start line. And if you can find other athletes who have done the event before pick their brains for organizational details.

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