Unfortunately, we had no choice but to cancel the 2020 Program. With this blowing over, we are now looking to 2023 to re-start these wonderful tours.
We look forward to inviting you back in 2023.
A: Our Tours are genuinely bespoke starting from the events we participate in, the towns we visit and the places we dine. It is truly an immersion into the real Italy. Worth noting, all our dining experiences are included in the cost and there are no add-ons. Including a full-time chaperone (me), accommodation, transfers to multiple towns, guaranteed race entry, organised training and support, on the whole they represent great value-for-money. For any passionate runner who is also passionate about food, these tours tick all the boxes.
Do take a look at what is included in each Tour to see that there is a lot on offer.
A: Regional food is about fresh, local, in-season produce prepared in an authentic (and modern) way. Some of our produce will have made its way from the soil to our plate in a matter of hours. We tend to steer away from high-end venues where food portions can leave you rushing off to McDonalds for a top-up. In fact, one of our stops look like something you might walk right on by. Rest assured, you will be pleasantly surprised. Runners tend to have reasonable appetites and you will not go hungry
A: Yes, all meals are included in the price. This includes unlimited Italian beers & wines with both lunch and dinner. Breakfasts are usually a typical (simple) Italian breakfast of a selection of fresh pastries and coffee after our morning run. Neither lunch nor dinner will leave you hungry. Worth noting that some of our food-venues are truly amazing food experiences on their own which you would only come across on specific food tours. Other Lunch and Dinner venues can be very humble, yet filling and always authentically Italian (fresh, seasonal, local produce)
A: This is a Tour for people who love their running and appreciate their food. You will already be regularly running at least 4-5 days a week, with at least one, 1-hour run a week. Pace is not important. The running sessions will be divided into groups based on ability, so it doesn't matter if think you are 'slow'. We will confirm the running schedule before the Tour commences, so you will know exactly what we will be doing. Equally, the races we have chosen cater for runners of all abilities
A: The training sessions planned for the faster runners will be similar to something you are doing at home or with your running group. We will confirm the running schedule well before the Tour commences, so you will know exactly what we will be doing. Do note, the races we have chosen cater for all levels of runners
A: The second run is optional and designed as a slow recovery jog. Those that aren't up for a 2nd run will be encouraged to use the late afternoon (early evening) session as a walk instead
A: The runs will follow a standard 'easy day', followed by a 'quicker day' (ie: tempo running or intervals). I will join you in each session and we'll publish the detailed running program well ahead of your Tour
A: If there is one thing I have learned on all my 16 trips to Italy - irrespective of how well I plan is, if anything can go wrong, it probably still will. And when we are away from the big cities, the problems tend to magnify themselves.
So I have selected events that I have done, most of them multiple times. This ensures I know exactly what I can expect at each event. At most of the events on our Tours, I am now well known to Race Organisers, many who enjoy going the extra mile to ensure my experience is great.
Should something possibly go awry, please try to take this in your stride…and leave the panicking to me. If there is anything that measures the success of these tours it's that you go away wanting to do them again and become an advocate for family and friends
A: We stay in minimum 4 star hotels, or, very clean, 2br apartments reflecting at least a 3-4 star hotel. Again, note that Regional towns present the challenge of limited, basic accommodation choices so you won't see the hotel chains - or as many options for groups - you would find in the large cities. This fits perfectly into our look-and-feel. Above all else, the priority is always for cleanliness
A: The Tours are designed to cater for runners. Although if you are well versed in the habits/rituals of your partner - and their need to run - then you will understand the personalities on board. You are certainly welcome, where we will have a walking option during each running session. And your afternoon walk may likely turn out to be an aperativo at the local bar
A: In short, no. Given the food places we visit are authentic, we cannot be certain that your dietary requirements can safely be met. In saying that, do call this out, and in most cases should be accommodated, especially where we have time to verify with the venue. It's just not something we can be certain about or properly control
A: Rather than staying in a single destination for the duration of the Tour, most Tours are designed to experience a number of towns and venues, but not too greedy so that you need a holiday to recover from them. We think we’ve got that balance close to right
A: Except the Sicilian 'Giro Delle Isole Eolie' Tour which is unlimited - all other Tours are limited to a maximum of 10 people per Tour. This allows us to comfortably travel around in a modern, air-conditioned 12-Seater van. It also ensures we can be catered for in our chosen towns which typically have smaller food venues and accommodation options
A: These Tours are designed for runners travelling solo, as couples, or in groups. If you have children and want to experience everything that Eat & Run has to offer, we would be happy to discuss these, or other possible dates/events that fit the 'Eat and Run' experience
A: If you want to experience a Tour outside of those available, do reach out to see what might be possible, between April 2023 and September 2023. While there are no guarantees, give us your dates and let's see what we can do
A: At the end of the day, the better your expectations are understood, the better position we are in, to know if they can be met - and we will be sure to let you know either way. So, you are encouraged to contact us as much as needed until you are satisfied. We can't stress this enough.