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Best Places in the World to Run a Marathon

[ 0 ] September 17, 2013 |

Napa Valley Marathon
Running a marathon is a huge goal. If you’re going to go for it, why not go big? You don’t have to settle for running 26.2 miles in your familiar landscape. Instead, stretch your legs along some unfamiliar and scenic terrain around the world.

Many countries hold marathons throughout the year. If you are ready to strap on your favorite Asics running shoes and hit the road, here are some of the best places around the world that you can sign up for a marathon. While you’re there, remember to slow down and take in the amazing landmarks and scenery around you (after you cross the finish line!).

Boston Marathon, April

Get your running shoes ready and prepare to take part in the world’s oldest marathon. This course is not just for anyone. The qualifying standards are set high to allow only an elite set of runners to participate. If you do get selected for the race, it is one you will always remember. The course takes you through many small towns before ending in central Boston. The marathon draws nearly 10,000 runners annually.

London Marathon, April

Runners love the party-like atmosphere that comes with running the London Marathon, although there are plenty of people that take this race seriously too. The race starts in Greenwich Park and winds through the city, passing landmarks like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London, before coming to an end at Buckingham Palace. Nearly 30,000 runners attend the marathon each year. Celebrate in traditional fashion by stopping at a nearby pub for a pint.
London Marathon Pro - Official Photos - 05

Paris Marathon, April

The City of Lights isn’t just for lovers; it’s also a great place for runners. Every year, nearly 40,000 runners test their strides in the Paris Marathon. The course starts on Champs-Elysees and takes runners along the banks of the Seine past landmarks such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and the Bastille, finishing near the Arc de Triomphe. About three-quarters of the way through the marathon, runners can enjoy cheese and wine from race organizers.

Napa Valley Marathon, March

California’s Napa Valley is an idyllic setting to visit, and even more so for runners. This is a small race, with only 2,300 runners accepted each year. The route travels along the Silverado Trail. The scenery is breathtaking, giving views of orchards and vineyards and fields of flowers. After the race, congratulate yourself with a tour of some of the local wineries.
Great Wall Marathon

The Great Wall Marathon, May

The Great Wall of China is a landmark that most people only dream of visiting. If this is one of the places at the top of your bucket list, then why not combine it with one of the most strenuous marathon courses in the world? The race has many extreme descents and ascents and runners are given an 8-hour time limit to complete the course. The runners start near the village of Huangyaguan. The route travels up and down the steps of the ancient structure, giving you an amazing view of the Chinese countryside. More than 2,500 runners attend this annual marathon.

The Big Five Marathon, June

One of the more unusual marathons, the Big Five Marathon in South Africa is set on a game reserve. Challenge yourself with a full marathon or half marathon as you race through a stunning savannah setting where you’ll most likely glimpse a huge range of African elephants. Including if you are lucky, some of the big five: elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, lions and leopards.


Sydney Marathon, September

What a great excuse to visit this stunning city. Taking in some of Sydney’s most iconic and historic landmarks, including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the marathon takes you around the city and along the harbour front. The views are stunning and since it’s held at the start of Spring you can usually be guaranteed mild temperatures.

Taj Mahal Marathon, October

During a brief window between the monsoon months and winter, India holds the Taj Mahal Marathon. Starting in the rural village of Niyamat Pur, the race takes you from small villages to the highway before finally offering great views of the Taj Mahal for the final few kilometers. Temperatures can reach 35 degrees Celsius during the race so start training for humidity, heat and spicy curries afterwards!

The 2007 Sydney marathon


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