Test Your Legs in Turkey’s High Desert
There are ultra-marathons and then there’s Turkey’s Runfire Cappadocia. The six-day, 160-mile race runs from July 25 to August 2 through ancient subterranean cities, under the looming shadows of Mount Erciyes to the stark white receding saline shorelines of Lake Tuz. Come test your grit in the 20K race ($28 per person to register, runfirecappadocia.com
) that invites 100 one-day participants to step up to the starting line with the other 80 full-course competitors. On July 25, check in at the camp site called “Love Valley” at Uçhisar Village, where you can enjoy a barbecue and trade running secrets at the campfire before retiring under a traditional Turkish tent for the next day’s race.
Reward yourself afterwards with a stay in Argos in Cappadocia, the former monastery-turned-boutique-cave-hotel carved out of the region’s magical rock formations. Or head straight to Istanbul and stay at the neo-Renaissance Vault Karaköy, part of The House Hotel collection, in the hip ‘hood of Karaköy. Sit down for Ciya’s renowned Turkish kebabs followed by chocolate baklava at Güllüoğlu and delicious cocktails at the two-floored Gaspar, a neoclassical building featuring a lounge area to rest your tired dogs.