Easter Island Marathon
The annual Easter Island Marathon, half-marathon and 10K is held around June each year. This tough and hilly running event travels around the small and mysterious island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The track winds around the 800 large statues that the island is famous for, with the statues outnumbering the race participants by more than five to one.
Easter Island is situated in the South Pacific Ocean between Chile and Tahiti, more than 2,000 miles from the nearest population center and is one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world.
The island is primarily known for its more than 800 mysterious stone statues (Moai) which are dotted around the landscape. The statues human-like heads with pronounced heavy foreheads were carved from rough hardened volcanic ash. It is still a mystery as to how or why the massive Moai were built, and how they were transported to their various locations around the island.