Life-changing adventures

Our Albatros Adventure Marathons are challenging running events that take participants to a whole new level.
All our races are characterised by locations of exceptional natural beauty and historic significance. From the barren desert landscape of Jordan to the African savannah, from the epic Great Wall of China to the temples of Bagan, we offer races with remarkable courses that will challenge even the most experienced runner. Ready to push your limits?  Check out our marathons below!
Pushing your limits

First Light

28 Jan 2023
The First Light Marathon takes place in Tairāwhiti Gisborne, Aotearoa New Zealand, which is known for being the first city in the world to see the sun each day. Its spectacular coastline and the steep green hills provide a magical backdrop to this unique race. Runners will herald in the sunrise as they crest the many hills and race along the white sand beach.

Viking Island

Explore one of Denmark’s best-kept secrets as you run along the coastal cliffs of this splendid island located in the middle of the Baltic Sea. Often referred to as Sunshine Island, Bornholm is also home to the largest Medieval ruins in northern Europe. This challenging trail run rewards you with its’ breathtaking views. It is no surprise it was recently voted as Europe’s second-best Island.

The Great
Wall Marathon

18th May 2024
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!

The Icefjord
Midnight Marathon

03 June 2023
In the dead of the night, feel the rays of the midnight sun shining on your face as you soar through Greenland. The picturesque town of Ilulissat provides a colorful backdrop as you wind your way to the UNESCO-accredited Ilulissat Icefjord. With ice stretching out as far as the eye can see, embark on a true trail run over rocky terrain and past dazzling icebergs that glitter in the nocturnal sunlight – if you’re lucky, a whale or two will be splashing around.

The Big
Five Marathon

17 June 2023
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!

The Iceland
Volcano Marathon

12 Aug 2023
Set near Lake Mývatn at the divergent boundaries of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, runners will traverse the still very active North Volcanic Zone and navigate around the massive Hverfjall crater. It’s a hot bed of geothermal activity with geysers, hot springs, lava fields and glaciers. Premiering in 2020, you can be among the first to run this epic race course right in one of Earth’s geological hotspots. Be a force of nature at the inaugural event!

The Petra
Desert Marathon

2 Sep 2023
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!

The World's
Fastest Marathon

14 Oct 2023
Step out of your comfort zone. Push for a new PR. Beat your best on a marathon route that is almost 100% downhill (less than 1km is without decline) and boasts an average descent of 4.6%. In the all-new event, runners will make a sweeping, serpentine-like descent through the Sierra Nevada Mountains before finishing in the historic city of Granada in Andalucía, Spain. It’s fast. Unbelievably fast. Perhaps, the World’s Fastest?

The Polar
Circle Marathon

28-29 Oct 2023
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.

The Bagan
Temple Marathon

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 golden plains of Bagan, creating a mystical, striking landscape that showcases the glorious era of 11th century kings. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019, Bagan is a must-see. Embark on a voyage of discovery in this alluring, untouched land and take on THE temple run!

About Albatros Adventure Marathons

Here at Albatros Adventure Marathons, we are all about taking running to another level. Our philosophy is to offer challenges in places of exceptional natural beauty and historical significance with varying terrain. The focus is on great experiences, pushing limits and achieving something extraordinary.

Albatros Adventure Marathons are not just about the race - the events are also about enjoying time together with family, friends and other running-minded spirits on an active holiday. All the events come with a tour package providing accommodation, social events and excursions at the destination.

Push your limits at the next Albatros Adventure Marathon!