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World's Ultimate Running Races: 500 races, 101 countries, Choose your adventure

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Ever wanted to run along The Great Wall of China, up the Empire State Building, across the Sahara Desert or join thousands of runners in a major city road race? World's Ultimate Running Races, published by Collins, is the book that has these and more; its list of 500 of the most adrenaline-filled, awe-inspiring, classic running races, across the world, is the runner's guide.

World's Ultimate Running Races charts everything from 5 km races in city centres to marathons across mountain ranges. It includes each race's location, timings, the type of climate and terrain, and how one can enter. Packed full of illustrations, photographs and maps, this compendium not only informs its readers, but gives them a pictorial taste of the event they might experience.

Races in 101 countries feature in the book, including the USA, Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. This is the most comprehensive book available for experts and aspiring athletes alike, whetting their appetite for races to come while allowing them to tick already completed races off their list.

Examples of the breath-taking, classic races:

  • London's picturesque Parliament Hill hosts the mud and drama of the English cross country championships
  • Cross four countries, reaching more than 15,000 meters in altitude on the spectacular Transalpine run
  • Brazil's Jungle marathon requires competitors to sleep in hammocks along the Amazon coast while testing their running endurance
  • Hong Kong, Delhi and Chicago are just a few of the amazing cities where you can take part in a road marathon
  • Undoubtedly the coldest race on the planet, the North Pole Marathon is not for the faint-hearted
  • The famous Ekiden relays in Japan, with participants competing in teams, is held between Hakone and Tokyo
  • Scale the height of the Empire State Building in a test of nerve as well as athleticism, in New York's popular stair race
  • The British Milers Club hosts races all over the UK, and all ages can enter, from under 15s to senior citizens
  • Combine exploring one of the wonders of the world while running a marathon on the Great Wall of China
  • Challenge yourself in the heat of the Death Valley in the Badwater Ultramarathon: follow the scenic, twisting road through the towering red rocks of the Titus Canyon

About the editors:
The list is compiled by Angela Mudge who is a world champion mountain runner and skyrunner; amongst her achievements is winning the World Masters Mountaineering Championship and being named in The Observer's list of '100 things we still love about sport'. Angela is joined by the contribution of some of the world's leading runners including Kilian Jornet, Mara Yamauchi, Hugh Jones and Jonathan Wyatt.

  • World's Ultimate Running Races
  • Published Monday 29th September 2011