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Travelling Fit

We like to keep it personal here at Travelling Fit, so chances are you’ve either spoken to or corresponded with founder, Mari-Mar Walton, when organising your travel itinerary. It’s safe to say that whilst everybody wants to be able to enjoy what they do for work every day, seldom are they in the position like Mari-Mar to be able to combine their passion with their profession to make a living. She is quite literally living her dream of exploring the world and participating in active events!

A passion for fitness & travel

Mari-Mar was actually a gymnast in high school, but she always loved running and always loved to travel. It was in 1996, when Mari-Mar ran her first Marathon in Sydney, where she caught the long-distance running bug and she wondered what it would be like to travel and run a race overseas.

By this time, Mari-Mar was already working in the travel industry but pursued her passion for fitness soon after by studying to become a personal trainer. Once receiving all of her qualifications, she couldn’t shake the desire of starting her own business and took the plunge in the year 2000. Deciding that she could offer more, it was time to combine her two loves and create Travelling Fit – introducing like minded individuals to the world of running Marathons, Half Marathons and Ultras in destinations all over the world.

Knowing it wasn’t as simple as calling an agent and booking a ticket, Mari-Mar pursued the idea of coordinating a trip to the London Marathon and then started to promote for people to join her. She realised that there were in fact others out there who had the same desire to run and travel, and so she knew she was onto something. Travelling Fit has since gone on to arrange tours in some of the most unique backdrops across the globe, and has no intention of slowing down any time soon!

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Our Experience for Your Experience

Unlike other companies that simply arrange Marathon travel itineraries, we are runners ourselves and often join our clients on the tour, completing the race by their side. We are also proud to say that we are the only Australian agent able to offer runners all six Abbott World Marathon Majors , a testament to the hard work of Mari-Mar building relationships with organisers all around the world.

Our business has grown to include more than 30 Marathons, Half Marathons and Ultras worldwide and counting; including races in New York City, Boston, Tokyo, Petra, Iceland, Greenland and Morocco just to name a few. We have made it our mission from the beginning to ensure that we will never promote a race that we don’t believe will deliver an unforgettable experience for our clients.


Joining forces with husband Michael, Mari-Mar decided to invest her energy in starting the Australian Outback Marathon in 2010, and never looked back! Still to this day, the Australian Outback Marathon remains one of the most exciting events on our Travelling Fit calendar, as well as featuring regularly on racing calendars globally. The pleasure our team has watching people cross the finish line of something we created gives us the warm and fuzzies every time. We are so grateful to say that we are a part of the lucky few that get to combine business with pleasure, and do it successfully!
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We have the answers

Sometimes the unplanned happens, so we recommend you take out Payment Protection and/or Travel Insurance as soon as you book your travel package. Travel Insurance is not included in any of our Travel Packages, so we do recommend adding in the Payment Protection Plan when paying in instalments. You can find out more about this here.

You will require to book your own air travel and booking online is very easy these days. Feel free to contact Travelling Fit for any advice or reassurance before booking your flights.

Whilst we don’t coordinate training for Marathons, we can point you in the right direction with a couple of our trusted contacts.

As everyone is on their own travel journey and responds differently to a new environment, it’s hard to provide a blanket answer to this question. In our experience, we do recommend giving yourself three to four days before a race to get a good night’s sleep in a destination which is why most of our packages are designed like this, but you know your body best.

Wear the shoes that you train in and are going to be the most comfortable – don’t save those new treads for the race!

Firstly, you’re never travelling alone – you’re travelling with us! But yes, if there is the opportunity for you to pair up with another solo traveller to save costs then we will advise you on this option; we just can’t guarantee this until everyone is confirmed for your tour.

Don’t worry – we will be able to help match you! Simply choose a single package (not double or twin) and in the “Additional Notes” area during the booking process, mention the person who will be sharing a room with you. We can then match you both up and adjust the pricing manually in the back end.

Absolutely! We have a runner package and a supporter package for our tours, so with the supporter package they will receive all the benefits that a runner gets, minus the race entry (and transport to the race start if that is included in your particular package). This means that everything else, such as dinners, tours or functions, supporters are welcome to join and celebrate with the main group!

As per our terms and conditions, it is a condition of booking a package with Travelling Fit that you take out travel insurance. If you make the decision not to take out cover, you must notify us in writing prior to the trip.

Whilst you don’t have to, we absolutely recommend you have Travel Insurance. If you make the decision not to take out cover, you must notify us in writing prior to the trip.

They sure are! There is no additional cost to have your shirt personalised. Our Travelling Fit shirts distinguish your group in a crowd – wear it with pride!

Why wouldn’t you! When you’re on the home stretch and fatigue has set in, there’s nothing more uplifting than hearing someone call out your name! Particularly with the big city Marathons, the crowds are always so supportive, so let them cheer you on!

All of our events are listed on our website. These include Marathons, Half Marathons, Ultra Marathons and Multi-Stage races where the event is run over consecutive days.

Any ones we finish! Seriously we can’t choose – they are all uniquely special!

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