Guy’s Guide: The Most Scenic 2015 Marathons in Asia

With the Bali Marathon just complete (and more 2015 marathons to come), we’re feeling motivated to keep one foot in front of the other. Lucky for us there are some incredible races on the horizon all over Southeast Asia. Set one of the following as an upcoming goal, get training, and then take that scenic trip, all while keeping an elevated BPM.

#1 September: Bromo Marathon

Bowie fans beware — this course will have you feeling like the man who fell to Earth.

Where: East Java, Indonesia

When: Sunday, 13 September

With options of a 10 K, half marathon and marathon, this is a challenging one. Trust us we’ve done it! The run takes you up the Tengger massif and along the edge of the famous volcano. While the climb might have your calves burning, the lunar landscape under your feet is guaranteed to have you feeling otherworldly.

#2 October: Commando Challenge

Getting dirty is only 1/13 of the problems you will encounter on this course.

Where: Singapore

When: Saturday, 17 October

Get a group of four people together and try this army style 6 K with 13 obstacles spaced along the waterfront. Not challenging enough? Try the extreme commando —  longer and with a 15 kg bag strapped on.

#3 November: Bagan Temple Marathon

Just count the temples like you count the kilometers.

Where: Myanmar

When: Saturday, November 28

Get your zen on during this half and full marathon. The dusty countryside course winds itself through serene villages and countless temples allowing you to find total inner peace. Just remember, breathe in…breathe out.

#4 December: Angkor Wat Half Marathon

As Buddha says, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”.

Where: Siem Reap, Cambodia

When: Sunday, 6 December

A 3 K, 10 K, and half marathon that takes you through most of the Angkorian ruins. You can’t beat the majesty of the start/finish line right next to Angkor Wat and it’s all for a good cause with money raised supporting children and victims of landmines.

Find that pre-race sleep or post-race spa here!

Photo credits: Main, 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Alexander Doerr

Adding a little Yang to the Wanderluxe Yin, this nomad can often be found riding his 1978 Vespa through the streets of the Big Durian. A lover of Javanese vintage, running, strange tropical flowers and brutalist architecture, he hates papayas, but is working on it.

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