Cardio • 16.01.2015 • Runtastic Team

15 Of The World’s Most Extraordinary Races In 2015

A New Year, and new challenges. Choosing one (or a few) of the world’s most extraordinary races isn’t easy with all those crazy, exciting offers. Curious? We’ve compiled a list of the most interesting running events of 2015 and we’re sure there’s a special treat for each and every one of you. You love races in spectacular landscapes? Are you more of a city runner? Or are theme runs the real deal for you? Check out our race overview and sign up for your dream event!

Urban Runs

Whether you’re up for sightseeing adventures, obstacle runs or just like the urban atmosphere, you can choose from uncountable running events all around the globe to satisfy your desires. Below you’ll find a selection of the most promising and exciting runs through urban settings.


The Empire State Building Run-Up: February 4th, 2015, New York/USA

An extraordinary run up one of the world’s most famous skyscrapers: 1,576 steps lead to the top of the Empire State Building in New York. A 1-minute elevator ride takes visitors to the top; the fastest runners climbed the building in an incredible ten minutes.

 E-Grazathlon: June 13th, 2015, Graz/Austria

A challenging, 10K sightseeing tour riddled with 15 natural and artificial obstacles across the city of Graz – ideal for those looking for diversion. In this run, not only stamina counts, but also strength, agility, flexibility and cleverness.

 City to Surf: August 9th, 2015, Sydney/Australia

Every year, the City to Surf takes place in Syndey. The 14K (or 8.7 miles) route leads across the city and up Heartbreak Hill, the most difficult part of the run which is open to both professional athletes and leisure runners. Different bands along the route provide the soundtrack to an event where you’ll be able to spot more than one runner dressed up in a costume. All in all, a real fun run!

Landscape Runs

These races are full of extreme challenges & unique experiences. One of the world’s most beautiful marathons leads through the Swiss Alps whilst another an underground race; sure is something different. You’ve always wanted to visit Mt. Kilimanjaro or Machu Picchu? Combine a trip with a very special running event! Our tips:


Crystal Mine Marathon: February 22nd, 2015, Merkers/Germany

500 meters below ground level, 21°C – these are the conditions of a race through an active salt mine in Merkers, Germany. With 500 participants it’s a small event, yet in promising surroundings. Runners can choose from different distances and will run between three and 13 rounds. Don’t forget your helmet and headlamp, they’re mandatory.

Kilimanjaro Marathon: March 1st, 2015, Moshi/Tanzania

A marathon at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro will turn your time in Tanzania into an unforgettable experience. Seize the chance to go on a safari, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and run a marathon, half-marathon or 5K fun run all in one trip.

Polar Circle Marathon: October 24th & 25th, 2015, Greenland

The snow’s scrunching under your feet while running through the Arctic wasteland and over Greenland’s ice cap. This special marathon leads over icy ground and snowy gravel paths. Prepare for temperatures between -10 and -15°C (14°F and 5°F).

Jungfrau Marathon: September 12th, 2015, Switzerland

According to its organizers, this is the world’s most beautiful marathon. Not only are the views spectacular, though – the Jungfrau Marathon also comes with a big challenge: a total of 1,829 meters of elevation gain, more than in any other European marathon. Fantastic!

Race2Adventure: April 25th, 2015, Lima/Peru

Discover the culture of the Inkas: This race kicks off in Lima and the finish line is crossed on Machu Picchu. Race2Adventura is a unique event where daily short-distance runs are combined with adventures like sandboarding, for example.

Great Wall Marathon: May 16th, 2015, Great Wall of China

A challenging marathon on one of the world’s biggest monuments in human history, the Great Wall of China. Runners can choose between three different distances: a marathon, a half-marathon, or an 8.5 km fun run (approx. 5 miles).

Special & Fun

You love theme parties? Step it up a notch and sign up for one of these fun themed runs where it’s all about colors, Walt Disney or light shows, to name a few. Which one will it be?

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The Color Run: in different cities all around the world

The clue is in the name: The Color Run stands for an exciting, colorful and cheerful experience. More than your best performance or fastest time, having fun is what really counts on this 5K route. Enjoy!

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (Run Disney): Walt Disney World Resort, Florida/USA

You love Walt Disney, dressing up and running? Then book your ticket to the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend now! The route leads you through all different theme parks and a Mickey Mouse medal will be waiting at the finish line. Bonus: There are several other themed races and events planned, too. How about a Star Wars Half-Marathon weekend, the Avengers Superheroes Half-Marathon or a Walt Disney Princess Half-Marathon?

Electric Run: in different cities all around the world

Colorful, bright & creative! This 5K race is all about cool beats and unique light, LED and laser animations. The music accompanies your steps while you enjoy running through a total of 8 different parcours. An unforgettable experience!


Looking for a special kick? Zombies, dirt or the world’s longest race? We’ve found a few gems for you this year:


Zombie Runs: in different European cities

Run for your life! In these 5K+ races, zombies are waiting for you behind every corner. Each runner starts equipped with three flags in a belt – the goal: to cross the finish line with all three flags. If you don’t make it, though, you become one of them and have to follow the zombies. Experience both team spirit and horror at Europe’s first Zombiethon. Scary!

Spartan Race: in different cities all around the world

The Spartan Race is an adventure open to anyone. Different distance runs riddled with obstacles lead you through mud and water. The real goal? Unleashing the spartan in you!

Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race: June 14th – August 4th, Queens, New York/USA

With 3,100 miles or 4,989 kilometers you can set out to conquer the world’s longest race. The starting pistol is fired every day at 6 a.m., then the participants keep running until midnight. The route leads an incredible 5,649 times around the same block in the Big Apple. Highly exhausting & nerve-wracking!


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