Running

7 places that take running to a new level

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As thousands prepare for Wings For Life World Run 2016, check out these next-level training spots.
Written by C.J.Published on
Whether it's on the road in front of your house, a gym, a local park, or with hundreds of thousands of others around the world at the 2016 Wings For Life World Run on May 8, you don't need fancy, expensive equipment to run, just the will to get out there and pound the pavement.
But if you travel further afield to run, free from the distractions of our modern world, running takes on another dimension. As you move through nature, it can become almost magical.
You can be part of the 2016 Wings for Life World Run no matter where you run, by downloading our official app and becoming a Selfie Runner, and if you need some motivation to get out there and get running, check out these seven inspirational locations that take running to a whole new level.

1. Iceland

A runner crosses the wilderness in Iceland
A runner crosses the wilderness in Iceland
If you're looking for a place that screams nature, look no further. Iceland has inspired musicians, poets and runners with it's stark beauty. You can literally run five minutes outside of its capital, Reykjavik, and immerse yourself in another world.

2. Nepal 

Runners competing in Nepal’s Mustang trail race
Runners competing in Nepal’s Mustang trail race
The harsh mountain ranges of Nepal have become something of a secret spot for trail runners. Even if it's going to be tough to evade the Catcher Car for too long in this high-altitude mountainous country, this should be on any runner's bucket list.

3. Antarctica

Christian Schiester takes on the Antarctic Ultra Race 2007 in Patriot Hills
Christian Schiester takes on the Antarctic Ultra
Sunrise on the Antarctic can't be described. It has to be seen. Disconnect yourself from the world, feel the cold on your skin and run like you have never run before.

4. Central Park 

Iconic Central Park is the ultimate city run spot
Iconic Central Park is the ultimate city run spot
We'll be the first to admit it, this is a bit of a cheat. But if you need to run in one city once in your life, it has to be New York. Central Park is where the big city meets the countryside.

5. The desert

Austrian runner Christian Schiester
Austrian runner Christian Schiester
There are few places in the world that influence all forms of life as dramatically as the desert. Just ask world-class runner Christian Schiester, who says of desert running, "It frees your mind in a way that I have never experienced before."

6. The Great Wall 

Running The Great Wall takes some stamina
Running The Great Wall takes some stamina
They won't be able to see you from the International Space Station, but nothing says adventurous more than a run on the Great Wall of China. You'd best like steps if you fancy this run: there are a lot of them.

7. The Cape

Justin Watts on the up in South Africa
Justin Watts on the up in South Africa
Africa is the cradle of mankind, and the Cape is its most south-western point, where you'll literally run to the end of the world. Just don't tease any ostriches on your route – they'll outrun you, and the Wings for Life World Run Catcher Car!