You are looking to run an overseas marathon but not too sure which one you should take part in? Here are a few of the best marathon running races around the world that you can consider.
If you want to combine a sightseeing holiday with your marathon race, then the Paris Marathon is a great choice. The race route will take you through some of the top attractions of France’s capital city, including the Champs-Elysees, the Louvre and the Notre Dame cathedral.
If you don’t like hills and elevations, then the Paris Marathon course will suit you very well, because the race is run on relatively flat ground.
For more information on the Paris Marathon, click here: http://www.schneiderelectricparismarathon.com
This is one race that you simply have to do, because this is run on the original marathon course. The Athens Marathon takes you through the exact same route that Pheidippides ran in 490BC from the city of Marathon to Athens in Greece – to announce the battle victory against the Persians. So to all marathon runners, this historic route should have plenty of meaning as it takes you to the very origins of the marathon itself.
There are also plenty of meaningful historical landmarks along this route for casual marathoners to take pictures of. These include the Marathon Tomb, which is a site of honor built to commemorate the 192 people who lost their lives during the Battle of Marathon.
You can find out more about the Athens Marathon here: http://www.athensclassicmarathon.gr
If you are having trouble beating your latest personal best timing, then this is definitely the right marathon course for you. The Berlin Marathon is well known around the world for having one of the flattest marathon courses.
In fact, a large number of world records have even been set at the Berlin Marathon. A recent example is Kenyan marathoner Wilson Kispang, who set the latest world record (2hours 3minutes and 23seconds) on this course late last year.
To read more about the Berlin Marathon, click here: http://www.bmw-berlin-marathon.com/en/
If you have always wanted to explore England’s capital city, then the London Marathon is a good way to do so. But you must be able to snag a slot in this highly popular marathon first though, through their annual race slot lottery.
The race route takes you through London’s premiere attractions, such as the London Eye, the River Thames and the Tower Bridge. You will be able to go on a scenic 42km sightseeing tour of England’s capital city – and finish your run right inside the grounds of the iconic Buckingham Palace.
Discover more about the London Marathon by clicking here: http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com
The Great Wall of China Marathon
If you simply love punishment and extreme slopes, then this is a marathon that you may want to consider.
As the name suggests, this race route will take you all the way up the Great Wall of China, where you must climb exactly 5,164 steps to reach the top, but you will be rewarded with a stunning 360 degrees view of the scenic Chinese countryside once you are at the summit. The rest of the route comprises of picturesque Chinese villages and rice fields.
New York City Marathon
This scenic and well-organised marathon is practically the best way to explore the beautiful New York City, if you are a runner. The race route takes you through all the five boroughs of New York City – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx and Fourth Avenue, before finishing at the iconic Central Park. This gives you a good view of the lovely New York City skyline too. However, do note that the course is quite challenging and has a substantial number of hills.
This is the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world, and millions of applicants apply every year for a few thousand places – in this race. So if you are able to meet the qualifying times (3hours 5minutes for males and 3hours 35minutes for females), then you should certainly take part in this run – at least once in your lifetime.
But if you can’t make the qualifying times though and would still like to participate, you can always put your name down and vie for a charity bib. You can take part as a charity runner as long as you are able to raise the amount of money that is required of the charity organisation of your choice.
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