The global sport of running has captured people's imagination since the first competitive race several thousand years ago. Hundreds of running races are held every day and the biggest of those are watched by millions of people. Races featured range from ten second sprints to several days worth of running over hundreds of miles. There are running races included from every continent and most are open to anyone in the world.
Whether you are interested in a five km race around a city centre or a marathon across mountain ranges this book has a race for you:
Cross country - experience the mud and the drama of the English cross country championships
Mountain - run to the top of Mount Olympus in Greece
Multi-terrain - get sweaty in Brazil completing the Jungle marathon
Road - join thousands of others running marathons through the world's greatest cities
Snow - run a marathon to the North Pole
Stage - compete as part of a team in the famous Ekiden relays in Japan
Stair - catch the view from the top of the Empire State building
Track - compete against Britain's best in the famous British Milers Club races
Trail - explore the ancient world whilst running on the Great Wall of China
Ultra - challenge yourself in the heat of the Death Valley
The Australian races are:
Bogong to Hotham Trail Run, Bridge to Brisbane , City 2 Bay ,City to Surf ,Coast to Kosciuszko ,Deep Space Mountain Marathon, Mud Run, Six Foot Track Marathon ,Stawell Gift , Sydney Tower Run UP, The Great North Walk 100s ,The North Face 100 The Track, Gold Coast Marathon
The diversity of races is also matched by the number of countries featured with races from over 100 countries included in the list of ultimate running races.
This list of ultimate running races is compiled by Angela Mudge (world champion mountain runner) along with contributions from some of the world's leading runners including Kilian Jornet, Mara Yamauchi, Ryan Sandes and Jonathan Wyatt.