The Big Five Marathon

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The Big Five Marathon!

I’m not entirely sure how I stumbled upon this website over the weekend, but I did and now I am completely obsessed. Granted, I have yet to even run my first full marathon, but that’s really just semantics :) Besides, if I got to do something as awesome as this, I would go run 100 miles tomorrow!

The Big Five is a marathon/half marathon that is located on the savannahs in South Africa. It gets it’s name from the “big five” animals that are commonly found in the savannah, aka running course: leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo!

Even cooler? Apparently the course literally runs right through lion territory! The directors assure participants’ safety by helicopter patrolling the course to make sure hungry lions aren’t chilling on the course. They also have armed rangers scattered throughout the course to ensure the same safety.

Of course, the thrill of this course has nothing to do with the 13.1 or the 26.2. In fact, I could see myself quitting the course entirely to sit down and chill with some giraffes. I mean, SERIOUSLY. How flipping amazing would this be???

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Have you ever done a destination race?

Would you do a race like this or not? Too scary? Does it take away from the running aspect of the marathon?

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The Big Five Marathon

Guys, I have found a new goal!

Source

The Big Five Marathon!

I’m not entirely sure how I stumbled upon this website over the weekend, but I did and now I am completely obsessed. Granted, I have yet to even run my first full marathon, but that’s really just semantics :) Besides, if I got to do something as awesome as this, I would go run 100 miles tomorrow!

The Big Five is a marathon/half marathon that is located on the savannahs in South Africa. It gets it’s name from the “big five” animals that are commonly found in the savannah, aka running course: leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo!

Even cooler? Apparently the course literally runs right through lion territory! The directors assure participants’ safety by helicopter patrolling the course to make sure hungry lions aren’t chilling on the course. They also have armed rangers scattered throughout the course to ensure the same safety.

Of course, the thrill of this course has nothing to do with the 13.1 or the 26.2. In fact, I could see myself quitting the course entirely to sit down and chill with some giraffes. I mean, SERIOUSLY. How flipping amazing would this be???

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Have you ever done a destination race?

Would you do a race like this or not? Too scary? Does it take away from the running aspect of the marathon?
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  1. You want to run through a lion’s own territory and then in case she tries to attack you, have a race director shoot her down? That seems really really mean for the lions.

  2. Oh my gosh that sounds amazing!! To run by lions and rhinos, elephants, etc?? I’m not sure if that would make me run faster or make me stop altogether and just stare.

  3. I’ve heard of this race. It sounds really cool but being in S. Africa, probably too hot for me. I can hardly do races in Florida. LOL With that said, I loooooooove destination races. I try to do at least one of them a year but I definitely try for more. I guess I like seeing a new town by running through it. :-)

  4. I heard all about this and at first would be terrified, but agreed… it’d be a great way to ensure I run fast! :) My first destination race will be October 2013 to Budapest. :)

  5. My friend ran this race last year. He said it was amazing. Then he went and climbed Kilimanjaro in the same trip. Because he’s crazy.

    I would love to do a trip like this. I really want to do the Great Wall marathon.

  6. That looks AWESOME. I wonder if there is an option to say “if something is chasing me and it looks like I am running faster than normal, please allow the animal to continue chasing me (to increase my pace) until it get’s within 15 feet.”

    If that is an option, I’d be guarnateed a PR!

  7. Had to comment! This race has been on my mind lately, especially since the latest Runners World featured destination marathons. I have it in my head to run an Africa marathon and this one is on top. Are you considering signing up next year? I don’t know if I could but I’m thinking about it. I’m about to go to Africa in two weeks (not South Africa) so I’ll probably have the bug even more after that. I’m dying to do it. If you decide to go next year, let me know. Maybe I’ll say what the heck and meet you there! :)

  8. That race is just epic…makes the Bolder Boulder look like child’s play. Sounds like we need to stir up some mountain lions, slap some meat on ala the Bear Grylls deoderant commercial, de-tranquilize Ralphie, and step it up CO!

  9. This has been on my bucketlist for a while now. Granted I haven’t run my first full yet either… But that’s completely beside the point!!! Its like all the things I love the most combined into one event. International Travel. New Cultures. Wild Animals. Running. Safari. oh man

  10. Sounds cool, but I wonder how many animals you actually get to see. I would rather do a safari I think so I could take time to enjoy the animals, but I do like the idea of running a race in Africa!

  11. Might just have to put this on MY bucket list! Very cool! Have always wanted to see Africa! I wonder if you can cuddle with the cute kitties?!?

  12. I know you mentioned Kili before….there is a Mount Kilimanjaro marathon too. I looked at it a while back, I believe it’s in august. I wish our paths would of crossed earlier, as I would of loved to have a running buddy to tackle these with. Lions scare the SHT out of me, and if I saw a snake, I would lose my marbles…you are far braver than I.

  13. I think it would be fantastic! You need to go for it!

    I did a trail race in Australia a couple of years ago. Fantastic experience–I highly recommend designation races.

  14. That looks amazing. Seriously, they were running along and had to slow down for the giraffes in their way! I want to do this, thanks for throwing out an awesome race when I’m all “ooh, what race should I run next” mode… :|

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