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Running that 26.2 miles is a real achievement and why not do it in style in some of the best scenery from around the world. We’ve compiled our top 10 marathon destinations in the world so you can choose your race to tackle!
10. Midnight Sun Marathon, Norway
The most northern race is the world means that with 24 hours of daylight in June this race starts at 8.30pm! It may be sub-zero temperatures in places but with the views of the snowy mountains and running through the quaint Norwegian villages should more than take your mind of the cold!
9. Niagara Falls Marathon, USA/Canada
Following the scenic Niagara Parkway, this is the only race where you start in one country and end in another! Of course, at the end of the 26.2 miles the finish line is the iconic Niagara Falls.
8. Paris Marathon
What better way to see the city of love and louvre than on foot running a marathon! The race takes place in April and is growing in popularity every year with both participants and spectators alike!
7. Great Wall Marathon, China
It’s not a race for seasoned professionals looking to achieve a PB but it is one to tick of your bucket list! With 5,164 steps and high humidity levels, it’s also not one for the faint hearted. However, the stunning views of the Great Wall and surrounding land is once in a lifetime.
6. New York Marathon
No other marathon attracts as many international participants than New York, New York! Thousands of supporters line the streets to watch the runners weave their way through some of the most iconic landmarks in the City.
5. Athens, Greece
Back to where it all began; legend has it the marathon got it’s name after the Battle of Marathon. Brave runner don the classic Roman costumes to run the 26.2 miles making this a great spectator event.
4. Big Five Marathon, South Africa
Fancy being joined on your route by some of the most incredible animals to walk the earth? Well now you can. The Big Five Marathon routes straight through the African Savannah so if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of some rhinos, elephants or lions – a sure fire way to get your PB!
3. Berlin Marathon
One of the most iconic marathons of the 21st century. If you want a PB this is where you come – plus it’s a quick lesson in modern history as you make your way (quickly in marathon terms!) through the city.
2. Boston Marathon
After the bombings in 2013, this race is stronger than ever and is even more poignant to those taking part. Think strength, endurance and hope and think Boston Marathon.
1. London Marathon
Of course, we couldn’t have a top 10 without the iconic London Marathon at the top in our (probably biased!) opinions. Running along the River Thames, over Tower Bridge and past Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and The Mall, this marathon is packed full of sights. With a crowd of thousands lining the entire 26.2 mile route from Greenwich, the City and Westminster it easy to see why runners keep coming back for more!