Traveling for International Running Competitions

  • Have your travel documents in order. It’s important to make sure that you have an up-to-date passport that doesn’t expire within six months of the race. Many countries won’t let you enter if your passport is near to expiration. You should also check to see whether you will need a visa to travel to the countries you plan to visit. While some countries have easy travel arrangements with each other, others require visas for visits, and that process can take several months. Start planning early.
  • Stay hydrated. Air travel can be severely dehydrating because of the dry, pressurized air in the cabins. Make sure to drink at least 16 oz of water each hour. Because you’re going to be drinking so much water, try to get an aisle seat if at all possible. It’ll make things easier for you. Once you’ve arrived in your location, figure out whether the local tap water is okay to drink or whether you should stick to bottled water. When in doubt, use bottled water, especially before your race.
  • Try to keep your sleep schedule as normal as possible. Your body needs sleep to prepare and to recover. Try to time your flights so that they do not interfere with your normal sleep routine, and make sure to get to sleep at a reasonable hour once you arrive, especially the night before the race. The race is a long one and your body will need its energy reserves to complete it. Pack earplugs and an eye mask if they’ll help you fall asleep in unfamiliar places. If you have trouble sleeping while traveling, talk to your doctor about other possible solutions.
  • Wait to try local cuisine until after the race.  For the same reason that you should check on local tap water, you should probably hold off on trying local delicacies until you’re done racing. Bring some of your favorite, easily-transported food with you. Save the rare dishes until after your run. You don’t want to risk indigestion from unfamiliar food or, worse, a stomach illness. 

Running an international race is the experience of a lifetime. You see incredible sights, make new friends, explore unfamiliar places, and bring home stories you can share forever. We hope you’ll join us for one of our many races around the world, and we hope to see you in Canillo in 2018.

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