Westin Hotels is catering to marathoners with its new Running Concierges.
Whether it's a 5K, half-marathon, or the full 26.2 miles, finishing a distance race is no easy feat. Make it a destination race and you'll have even more to think about: what to pack and how to adjust to different time zones and temperatures, to name a few. But the T+L editors love a challange—and any excuse to travel.
Hotels are even picking up on the trend. Westin brand hotels recently teamed up with the Rock 'n' Roll half marathon series (which hosts races year-round across North America and Europe) to offer RunWESTIN participants access to its dedicated running conceirge, Chris Heuisler. Perks include a race course tour (Chris meets with local running associations in each city for insider tips), fitness and recovery advice, and a pasta dinner and breakfast to fuel up for the big day.
The 25-time marathoner (whose goal is to complete one in each state) will be on-site at Westin hotels for the Denver (Oct. 20), Los Angeles (Oct. 27) and Las Vegas (Nov. 17) Rock 'n' Roll races, with more in 2014.
Not rearing to strap up those laces just yet? Check out our list of personal favorite races as incentive:
Great Aloha Run (February)
Gorgeous setting, friendly folks, and it’s for charity? I can’t think of three better reasons to pack my kicks and burn some rubber.
Grandma's Marathon (June)
Out of his 25 marathons, this scenic race along the shores of Lake Superior is Chris Heuisler's favorite. Rolling hills and a relatively flat course make it approachable for first-timers.
Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon and 5k (September)
Tackle this run in Amish community, in Lancaster County, and you’ll be rewarded with front-row seats of harvest season in full swing.
Marathon du Médoc (September)
Who says athletes can't be foodies? Refuel stations on this course offer everything from regional wine to foie gras and artisan cheeses.
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon (November)
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
It’s the most organized race event you’ll ever experience. It kicks off at 10 p.m., but don’t worry: the adrenaline will give you that extra push. Don’t forget your costume.
Jennifer Flowers is the Travel News Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.
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