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Even when you’re the world’s largest fan of sweater climate, it’s truthful to say that generally, it’s very nice to get a break from the chilly sooner or later in the course of the winter.

And you understand what’s even higher than getting away to a tropical paradise? Getting away to a tropical paradise the place you’ll be able to run a race! I’ve pulled collectively a couple of Caribbean getaways you may need to contemplate this winter beneath.

The KLM Curaçao Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10ok all take runners over the historic (and lovely) floating Queen Emma Bridge — and there are many different water views, too! Picture courtesy of KLM Curaçao Marathon

(If you happen to’re not essentially up for worldwide journey this yr however assume Florida feels like a high quality concept, perhaps you’ll need to be a part of me at Getaway St. Pete on November 3! It has a 5k, 10ok, and 15ok, together with a Enjoyable Run for youths! They’re sponsoring my entry, and providing a reduction to FBG readers — FBG10. Control our social channels like @FitBottomedGirl for extra deets. Hope to see you there!)

KLM Curaçao Marathon (and extra), November 24, 2019

My finisher’s medal — and the actual prize on the end line of the Curaçao half marathon!

With a 5k, 10ok, half marathon, full marathon, in addition to a 9.7k path run, the KLM Curaçao Marathon occasion is definitely one to contemplate — and you’ll belief me after I say this, as a result of I ran the half final yr as a visitor of the Curaçao Vacationer Board. It’s an amazing place to go along with a gaggle since there’s a distance for everybody (and there’s a lot to do moreover operating), and the logistics had been fairly easy as a result of practically everybody speaks English and the US greenback is extensively accepted.

Run Barbados Marathon Weekend, December 6-8, 2019

JetSetSarah and her bling!

You may keep in mind studying about our good friend JetSetSarah’s expertise with the Run Barbados sequence, which encompasses a 1-mile race, a 5k, and a half marathon — with a problem choice that will get you a candy bonus medal when you do all three! She says this vacation spot, whereas expensive, is among the Caribbean’s most Instagram-worthy spots.

Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10ok, December 8, 2019

Who can flip down a post-race dance celebration? Picture courtesy of Reggae Marathon

Negril, Jamaica may be sufficient of a draw by itself, however the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10ok is constantly ranked as a prime race to run, partly due to the beautiful course and glorious group of the occasion, but in addition as a result of, guys, it’s Jamaica — they’ve a lot of enjoyable earlier than, throughout, and after the run. Contemplating how a lot I beloved my journey to Jamaica for the Kingston Metropolis Run final yr (which, by the best way, has a marathon, half marathon, 10ok, and 5k and can happen on March 15, 2020 — so, Spring Break, anybody?), there’s little doubt in my thoughts that I’ll verify Reggae off my listing within the subsequent few years.

Marathon Bahamas, January 18-19, 2020

Not solely does Marathon Bahamas supply a full and half marathon, together with a 5k the day prior, however it additionally boasts a marathon relay the place groups of 4 individuals can every take a leg to cowl 26.2 miles — which is strictly what I’ll be doing with my husband and a gaggle of mates a couple of days earlier than my 40th birthday this January! And, for these of you questioning about visiting the world after Hurricane Dorian, there are two necessary issues to know. First, the race takes place on Nassau, which was not affected by the storm. And second, an effective way to point out assist to the islands that had been hit by Dorian is to journey to the islands like Nassau; lots of the companies there have accomplished rather a lot to point out assist to their neighbors, so your tourism {dollars} can do a whole lot of good.

Wish to really feel absolutely prepped on your Caribbean journey? Be certain that to catch our podcast ep with JetSetSarah, the place she shares her prime journey suggestions alongside together with her love of the islands.

The place are my fellow race-cation lovers? What’s your dream vacation spot for a race to treatment the winter blues? —Kristen