• Posted:Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Marathon Man
Backpackers with a thirst for adventure could do worse than take part in the Montserrat Volcano Half-Marathon and Fun Run, which is going on this December. Travellers keen to see a bit of the Montserrat countryside while doing their bit for charity - proceeds go to three local trusts - might be tempted by this idea, particularly because it's not your average marathon. I've never run near a volcano but I bet it's a bit more interesting than just pounding the pavement of your hometown.

The event is both "strenuous and unique", according to the Montserrat Tourist Board, which doesn't surprise me much - and the route is planned out so that some of the country's main tourist attractions can be seen on the way. Watch out for the Soufriere Hills Volcano, which is still active today so you could find yourself having to run a darn sight faster if it chooses to erupt at any point during the 13.1 mile course.

If you get tired out, you could also always make a pit stop at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, the Belham River Valley or Sir George Martin's AIR Studios - and as the course is such a hilly one, chances are you will need a rest. And for all those who take part, a race t-shirt and a souvenir medal, made from volcanic rock, will be presented.

Really eager beaver backpackers who like to sightsee and be active at the same time could also head to Cuba for the Marabana Marathon towards the end of November. Starting in Havana, the course takes runners all around the many architectural wonders of the country.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19383173-ADNFCR
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