When asked why he was attempting to climb Mount Everest first, George Mallory replied laconically “because it’s there”. It’s the same reason marathon runners and triathletes challenge themselves on some of the most extreme terrains and environments on earth. There’s no real reason; it’s simply about personal guts and glory and how far you can go pushing your body.

If you’re the type of traveler that can’t go anywhere without your running shoes and have exhausted the possibilities of competition on your local circuit; it’s time to consider the joys of marathon and triathlon abroad.

These adventure travel pursuits are the perfect way of combining two passions: a love of sport and travel. Plus they give you a full appreciation of the environment you’re entering, an up close experience of local culture and something that’s definitely on the road less traveled.