Experience one of the greatest feats of mankind while running the most challenging marathon of your life. The Great Wall Marathon will put your physical ability to the test with its steep ascent of 5,164 steps. The World Heritage listed fortification is the largest human-made structure in the world and symbolises sheer human strength and fortitude. Tap into the special Great Wall spirit and join us for this spectacular run which will take you on a journey through ancient Chinese history and stunning scenery. Take on the Great Wall!

Combine the thrilling marathon experience with a classic African safari vacation and sign up for the Big Five Marathon. Running in the Entabeni Private Game Reserve of South Africa, you will encounter zebras, giraffes and antelopes. The spectacular course will even take you through lion territory and you may chance upon a rhino although we advise you to keep on running if you do!

Discover Jordan’s lost city and be challenged by the boundless desert surrounding it. This desert run starts in the ancient city of Petra amid rose-tinted sandstone monuments created thousands of years ago. The course continues into the barren desert landscape before looping back to the city. Experience Jordan’s finest treasure combined with a challenging desert race. Run back in time with us!

Ice as far as the eye beholds. Impossibly beautiful, blue skies. Incredibly fresh air. Musk oxen and arctic foxes on the unique and stark landscape of the arctic tundra. Yes, we are in one of the most remote corners of the world: Greenland. Feel the soft crunch of snow beneath your shoes while running through the arctic desert and Greenland Ice Sheet and immerse yourself in this rare and exceptional natural beauty. This will undoubtedly be the coolest experience of your life.

Tucked away in central Myanmar and home to more than 2,000 temples, Bagan’s beauty and historical significance is unsurpassed. Sacred pagodas and beautiful temples are scattered across the plains of Bagan creating a mystical, striking landscape. The marathon course will take runners on a voyage of discovery into this alluring and untouched land.

Tapas - Classic Spanish fare you must not miss!

Mmmm... Here's our guide to the 13 mouthwatering tapas dishes you must try when dining in the south of Spain.

This wonderful, classic Spanish fare is served in a traditional manner with many small dishes. Everywhere in Spain you will find a wide selection of tapas restaurants. Our advice is to seek out those hidden gems where the locals can be found relaxing, wining and dining. This is where truly great culinary experiences unfold. Here’s a list of our top 13 tapas picks!

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  1. Jamón: A quintessential part of Spanish cuisine and one of the most distinguishing culinary sights in all of Spain, especially in the many tapas and wine bars. In Spain, jamón (translated: ham) is the characteristically salty and flavorful dry-cured-ham. It’s salted, wind-dried ham hung up to develop color, texture and flavor. There are two main types in Spain – jamón serrano and jamón ibérico – and their name refers to the breed of pigs. There are multiple grades of ham, categorized primarily by the pig’s diet and the length of the curing process. The finest grade, which is often quite pricey, is called jamón ibérico de bellota and is produced of black-footed, semi-wild Iberico pigs that are fed purely on a diet of acorns. Regardless of the grade you choose, jamón is a delicious local treat that is always served temperate and best eaten with your fingers. No cutlery needed here!
     
  2. Tortilla española: Classic Spanish egg-and-potato omelet, cooked in a large iron pot. Roughly chopped potatoes are gently roasted in olive oil and then turned with whipped eggs. As soon as the surface begins to set, the cook flips the omelet and bakes it in the oven. As a tapas dish, this thick and hearty omelet is typically served at room temperature, cut into wedges.
     
  3. Croquetas: Classic Spanish croquetas are fried nibbles of deliciousness, which are prepared with creamy bechamel sauce or perhaps milk; then can be filled with minced ham, shrimp, vegetables or cheese. They’re carefully breaded, fried crisp and served smoking hot.
     
  4. Gambas al ajillo: Fresh shrimp tossed in olive oil with flavorful garlic and chili; then cooked quickly in a terracotta cazuela dish. Also known as “gambas al pil pil”, this dish arrives to your table sizzling hot and packs a serious flavor punch!
     
  5. Patatas bravas (or papas bravas): Medium-sized potato pieces, either deep-fried or sautéed and served with a spicy, garlic-tomato sauce. Perhaps the simplest, but also one of the most popular, tapas dishes!
     
  6. Boquerones en vinagre: The central ingredient of this dish is boquerones, or fresh anchovy fillets, which are marinated in a bath of vinegar, olive oil, garlic and finely chopped flat-leaf parsley. Sweet, firm, tart and full of flavor! Served with fresh, crusty bread or crackers.
     
  7. Albondigas en salsa: Often referred to as Spanish meatballs, these delicious mouthfuls are braised in a slightly spicy tomato-based sauce. Chopped parsley, fragrant saffron or almonds can also be included.
     
  8. Higados de pollo al vino de Jerez: Chicken liver braised in sherry. A combination that seems divine!
     
  9. Pinchitos morunos: A Moorish-derived food in Spanish cuisine, similar to kebab. Cubes of pork marinated in olive oil, garlic and spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric and/or chili; then skewered and grilled.
     
  10. Pulpo a la gallega: This is one simple, yet flavorful dish! The octopus is cooked in boiling water; then tossed with olive oil, finely chopped garlic, paprika and a generous round of delicious pimento.
     
  11. Gazpacho: Originally from the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, this cold soup is full of ripe, refreshing, summery flavors. Usually made from a blend of chopped raw vegetables like tomato, onion, pepper and cucumber. Served chilled – and with fresh bread!
     
  12. Gambas a la plancha: Whole, unpeeled shrimps that are salted and cooked on a flat iron grill. Sprinkled with fresh lemon juice during and after cooking. The heads are left on for extra flavor.
     
  13. Pimientos de Padrón: These small, green peppers that originate from Galicia, in the northern part of Spain are fried until the bright, green skin blisters. Served with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice and sprinkle of coarse sea salt. Spaniards often say: “Los pimientos de Padrón, unos pican y otros no”, which translates to “Peppers from Padrón, some are hot and some are not”. So, diners beware - know your heat tolerance before indulging!