Make the Most Out of Your Summer: Marathon
Sure, nothing beats a relaxing vacation on a tropical island, but sometimes you really need to get out there and do something. How 'bout running one--or all--of these marathons?
Finish off your training soon (you've been training, right?) for the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on June 1. You'll start with a tour through downtown and the historic Gaslamp Quarter, head around San Diego Bay, and even sneak by Sea World. You'll finish up at the airport but before you fly to your next marathon destination, stick around for a bit to enjoy the sounds of Pat Benatar. Guess that's the Rock 'n' Roll part.
Next, head out to the Big Island of Hawaii. Grab your race packet for the Kilauea Volcano Marathon on July 28. The course has changed a little bit this year thanks to Mother Nature, but it's still considered one of the world's most difficult races. If this sounds a little too intense, just sign up to be a volunteer and hand out water cups.
If you're still going strong after the first two races, catch a flight back to the mainland for The San Francisco Marathon on August 3. You'll start of at the Embarcadero at Mission Street, and run (or limp) along the waterfront, checking out Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. The highlight of the race is crossing the Golden Gate Bridge while enjoying the beautiful San Francisco Bay. Best of all, this run can qualify you for the Boston Marathon in 2009, if you're still able to walk.