Runners like it fast and healthy. The average fitness runner is happy to stay somewhere with a small gym or a safe running trail. But for Marathon runners, staying in a run of the mill hotel the night before the race isn’t going to cut it. To perform at your peak, you need all the comforts of home. That’s why a vacation home is a great way to give yourself that competitive edge. The nations top foot races have plenty of cozy rental homes nearby. After registering for the race, check out these top locations for keeping your pace at its peak.
Marin County Marathon: San Rafael, CA
This Marin County estate has room enough for the whole family to come along. If your training partners are many, the whole crew can stay together in this 6 bedroom home. Get some cardio or soak those muscles in the private pool. Gorgeous outdoor walking and biking trails are conveniently located in this up-scale neighborhood. If you cross-train as part of your conditioning regimen, plenty of hills, valleys, and gorges are in the nearby state parks for getting the most out of your hiking or biking miles.
The Easter Marathon: Bronx, NY
You need a kitchen to prepare your pre-run and post-run meals. You want to stay somewhere without all the fuss but all the amenities of home. Simple, chic, and very NYC, this Central Park Studio is just what you’re looking for. New York travel can be crowded, but this space all to yourself is conveniently located in the heart of it all.
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon: Louisville, KY
Louisville is a city of races. Stay comfortably in this downtown townhouse with room for 6. You’ll be just minutes from the waterfront and only 3 miles from Churchill Downs if you stay for the horse races. And don’t fret about getting your car off the street on race day. This townhouse comes with an attached garage to make your visit to the city even easier.
Big Sur International Marathon: Carmel, CA
Simple, elegant, and stocked with all the necessities to pump you up and cool you down. Ocean views and gorgeous decor make this ocean retreat a great place to relax before and after the race. The fully equipped kitchen is perfect for creating fresh carb-load or protein-load meals. The mega perk: The master suite has a whirlpool jacuzzi for two with an antique style wood furnace. Soak those road weary muscles and get back to normal.