Traveling by following the calendar of the most beautiful marathons in the world can be a great idea to satisfy your thirst for discovery and your passion for running. Running is so popular today that there are thousands of races all over the world. Some, however, are “mythical” and should be on the list of a good self-respecting “marathoner-traveler.
1. The New York Marathon
Unquestionably the most popular of all, the marathon of New York welcomed in the year 2014 not less than 50000 runners! Following a superb route to discover the “Big Apple”, it crosses all parts of the city, passes over the Brooklyn Bridge and arrives at Central Park. As part of the World Marathon Majors, it is definitely a mythical race to do at least once in his life.
2. The Great Wall of China Marathon
Organized every year in May in the province of Tianjin, the marathon of the Wall of China offers you 5164 steps on the most impressive wall of the world. Limited to 2500 participants, you will have to go ahead and contact the agency Albatross Adventure if you wish to register. The opportunity also to make a beautiful journey in the Middle Empire.
3. The Everest Marathon
The highest marathon in the world is perhaps the most difficult of all. The start is launched at 5184m altitude and arrival is scheduled in the village of Namche, at 3446m altitude. In addition to its exceptional scenery, the Everest marathon attracts many riders because of the solidarity aspect associated with it: the race is organized by the association Everest Marathon Fun, whose objective is to raise funds for different Projects in the most rural areas of Nepal.
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4. The Kilimanjaro Marathon
Unlike the Everest marathon, Kilimanjaro will not make you climb the mountain. The course is established at the foot of Kilimanjaro, passing through small villages in Tanzania where the local population is always very present to encourage the runners. A half-marathon and a 5km race are also organized on the same day.
5. The Mont Saint-Mich el Marathon
Riding on Brittany and Normandy, the Mont Saint-Michel Bay marathon is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in France. Each year, 5000 runners gather in this superb site, listed as a world heritage site. The current record of the event is 2 h 08 min 55 s, performance achieved in 2004 by the Congolese Olivier Nsimba.
6. The Marathon of Mirrors
Extreme! This is the least we can say about this marathon organized at the South Pole, on the ice of the Antarctic. Temperatures between -20 ° C and -40 ° C will accompany the few tens of experienced marathoners who will brave extreme conditions during this extraordinary event.
7. The Midnight Sun Marathon
A night race, yes, but not in the dark! The Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromso, Norway, is organized every summer and brings together many nationalities who have come to experience these exceptional conditions. A half-marathon, a 10km, a 4.2km race and a children’s course are also organized for the whole family to enjoy.
8. Victoria Falls Marathon
Difficult to compete with the incredible scenery of the Victoria Falls between Zimbabwe and Zambia … Organized in July, this marathon follows a relatively flat course and superb. An excellent opportunity to discover Southern Africa.
9. The Honolulu Marathon
The Honolulu Marathon is one of the most famous in the world and is held on the small paradise island of Hawaii. Every year since 1973, it is held in December and welcomes several tens of thousands of runners. Prepare your shirts, the Hawaii marathon is unique!
10. The Sydney Marathon
Starting from Bradfield Park, the Sydney Marathon runs through the city’s most beautiful sights such as the Harbor Bridge, before finishing at the famous Sydney Opera House. A superb setting for an exceptional race in a country where sport is a national religion.