Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it is known by islanders, is famous for its more than 800 imposing stone statues which punctuate the landscape. On average, the colossal monoliths, or moai, stand 13 feet high and weigh 14 tons - human heads on torsos in the male form carved form from rough hardened volcanic ash.
How many running events can boast views of moai seen in the distance? Wild horses, wayward cows and tourist-loving dogs will also keep you company along the course.
This out-and-back course begins in the center of Hanga Roa, the main town on the island and runs through the middle of the island to Anakena Beach where it turns around. The course is considered to be mostly flat at the beginning and end of the race and rather hilly during the middle miles. Water stops are every 5km. There will also be an "aid truck" with water, bananas, cookies, etc. that will run along the course. Be prepared to encounter cows or wild horses along the course. The local dogs love tourists and may join in the fun.
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