Are you participating in a marathon overseas?

If you're planning to run a marathon or shorter distance running event overseas, we bet there are a lot of things on your mind. Well done for taking five minutes out of your training routine to think about travel insurance. We'll make this as quick and easy as possible, so you can go back to the important stuff.

Good to know

We've put together some points to note in respect of our cover for running events. As with any marathon, there's no shortcut when it comes to understanding your travel insurance - please make sure you read the PDS for full details.

What we cover as standard:

 Running (half marathon distance or less) as an amateur

Necessary Overseas Medical Expenses and Repatriation costs if you injure yourself while running the half marathon

Cancellation costs if you can’t travel due to certain reasons (e.g. serious injury or illness)

Curtailment costs (when approved by our assistance company) if you need to fly home early due to certain reasons

What We Cover With Our Sports/Adventure and Work Activities Pack A:

 Marathon running (or shorter distance) as an amateur

Necessary Overseas Medical Expenses and Repatriation costs if you injure yourself while running the marathon

Cancellation costs if you can’t travel due to certain reasons (e.g. serious injury or illness)

Curtailment costs (when approved by our assistance company) if you need to fly home early due to certain reasons

What We Cover With Our Sports/Adventure and Work Activities Pack B

 Triathlon (not ultra-distance) as an amateur

Necessary Overseas Medical Expenses and Repatriation costs if you injure yourself while running the half marathon

Cancellation costs if you can’t travel due to certain reasons (e.g. serious injury or illness)

Curtailment costs (when approved by our assistance company) if you need to fly home early due to certain reasons

What we don't cover:

Marathon running (or shorter distance) as a professional

Cancellation and Curtailment if you can still travel, but can’t run the marathon (i.e. if you could still go as a spectator)

Running Travel Insurance

Why take out travel insurance?

As fit and healthy as you may be, running a marathon isn't a piece of cake for any body and there's always things that can go wrong. If you do injure yourself, you want to be sure you have access to quality medical care and, if necessary, repatriation back home. These services can leave a traveller out of pocket by hundreds of thousands of dollars without travel insurance cover.

Travel insurance is like a pair of running shoes...

...it's all about the fit. We're definitely the supportive kind with great stability and lots of cushioning. Here are some of the benefits you get with a Columbus Direct policy:

  • Cover for up to $25 million of overseas medical costs
  • Insurance for unforeseen medical emergencies and repatriation
  • Missed departure is covered up to $2,000
  • We cover for lost, stolen or delayed baggage
  • We can cover many pre-existing medical conditions, subject to our easy online medical screening
  • We cover many sports and activities as standard, including half marathons. For more risky activities, you can add our Adventure Pack to your policy.
  • We care about our customers and have great reviews on TrustPilot.
  • Do you run 1K in five minutes? You could buy a policy from us in the same time!

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Please note that the benefits we’ve listed below are just a summary – to really understand what you’re covered for it’s important that you read our full policy wording including terms, conditions and exclusions.