Combining your favourite past time with your ultimate holiday destination is a step closer with the introduction of the new Runaway Marathon series, a family of destination marathons where you don’t just chase your dreams…you get to run them down.
Runaway Marathon Series is Australia’s newest weekend escape with friends and family, offering brand new marathon and half marathon courses (as well as 10 km and kids’ runs) in the most stunning destinations.
The first in the series is Runaway Barossa Marathon on 21 October, 2017, so if you are looking for a weekend getaway in an amazing holiday and recreational destination, South Australia’s Barossa Valley is a place that you can literally run away to.
Ironman Oceania, Managing Director Dave Beeche said that following on from the success of the Queenstown and Hawkes Bay Marathons in New Zealand, he is really excited to launch the Runaway Marathon series in Australia.
“Australia is a natural location for the Runaway Marathon Series as it brings together our love of the outdoors, our passion for being active, our enormous wealth of delicious foods and produce, and combines them with some of the most stunning locations on earth.
“The first event is Runaway Barossa Marathon which is a new look at the traditional Barossa weekend experience, that not only immerses you in the unique wine and food experience the region is famous for, but also allows you to indulge in your passion for running on innovative and creative courses while being consumed by the Barossa’s beautiful countryside and patchwork quilt of paddocks and vines.
“Runaway Barossa Marathon will be a race experience that’s all about sharing life’s simple pleasures with family and friends. It is all about ‘drinking in’ the experience of running happy and free, the pleasure of leaving the everyday behind, and the opportunity of being immersed in the natural beauty and warm hospitality of one of Australia’s oldest wine regions,” he said.
South Australian Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the Runaway Barossa Marathon would take place in one of Australia’s most celebrated regions.
“In 2015 and 2016 South Australia was named Australia’s events capital and we’re thrilled the Runaway Barossa Marathon will be held in October 2017. Runners will travel through the heart of the region, experiencing its stunning vistas and famous vineyards.
“When the running is done, they will have the chance to indulge in the Barossa’s world-class food and wine, found everywhere from family-run bakeries to international wineries and the finest dining rooms. As the first destination marathon of its kind in Australia, Runaway Barossa is set to be a fun, social experience for all. We look forward to welcoming entrants and their supporters to South Australia,” Mr Bignell said.
Runaway Barossa gives participants the room to run free. Whether they choose the marathon, half marathon, or 10 km (on a mix of sealed roads and hard packed trails), they will be welcomed by sunny springtime days, mild temperatures, rolling countryside, and wide open skies.
Set a personal best on a brand new course and celebrate your achievements at stunning finish line at Peter Lehman winery, and, with a race well run, treat yourself to a weekend of unforgettable wineries, restaurants, brewers, and bakeries—because you’ve earned it.