London (PRWEB UK) 20 April 2012
As the London Marathon takes place on Sunday the 22 April this year thousands will take to the streets to raise money for charities. If you missed the chance to run, there are plenty more marathons taking place throughout Europe this summer.
The Austrian province of Vorarlberg is home to the stylish resort of Lech; well known as one of Europe’s premier ski resorts during winter months. It is also making a name for itself as a top destination for runners thanks to events such as the Lech high-altitude half marathon which takes place on 18 August this year, and the Trans Vorarlberg Triathlon shortly after on 26 August. At an altitude of over 1,450m an the opening of the high-altitude running park, Höhenlaufpark, athletes from around the globe are heading to Lech to compete and make the most of the optimal training conditions. The magnificent surroundings make the challenging 21.7km training course and 1,000m ascent more bearable, as runners look out over the peaks of Karhorn, Orneshorn and Mohnenfluh.
As well as athletes looking to take advantage of the high altitude for training purposes, it has been proven in studies such as the Austrian Moderate Altitude Study (AMAS 2000) that there are significant and ongoing health benefits to holidaying at medium altitude whilst partaking in light activity. The combination of altitude with sports such as walking, hiking, and jogging is said to have beneficial results such as improved metabolism and reduced body fat, according to research. High altitude resorts are also ideal for people suffering allergies thanks to the reduced grass pollen season.
If you missed out on the chance to run the London Marathon, check Crystal Summer facebook for the latest deals on high-altitude Austrian breaks, Lake Garda holidays, and other top summer holiday destinations.