Marathon racing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a relaxing holiday in Bali, but for runners, Bali is becoming a great place for a destination run. The BII Bali International Marathon is gearing up for its fourth annual event on August 30. With full (42km), half (21km), 10km, and childrens’ sprint distances, there is something for almost every athlete. The race starts in the wee hours of the morning to take advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures before the sun rises, and running as the sun rises over such a beautiful place is a definite perk.
In addition to the fitness benefits of doing a race like this one, the Bali Marathon also showcases traditional arts and performances throughout the race. The course starts and finished in the Bali Marine and Safari Park, and the course runs through some beautiful scenery.
If you can’t make it to the Bali Marathon, don’t worry. Bali offers any number of beautiful running courses depending on your preference. You can run along the beaches in Kuta and Legian, best done early in the morning before the crowds. Canggu and Ubud offer quiet and meditative running areas past rice terraces and rice paddies, in places relatively unspoiled by civilization. Jimbaran and Uluwatu are perfect for trail runners, taking you through jungle tracks and secret beaches. It’s easy to find an open running group where you can sign up to run with tourists, locals, and expats so you can stay motivated and make sure you don’t get lost.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or you’re just starting out, Bali offers a great range of running routes and activities to keep you fit and give you a different perspective on the island.