The Great Wall Marathon (China)

Why not witness a huge piece of history while you run your marathon? In this event, you’ll be running up the many steps of the Great Wall of China and finishing with a run through local villages. Often named as one of the hardest marathons around, it’s a gruelling effort! It’s often worth the pain however, as not only do you witness one of the world’s greatest monuments, runners are also greeted by cheering villagers as they complete their race!

Maratona di Roma (Italy)

When in Rome… run as the Romans do? This marathon takes you through the most beautiful historic sites as you weave your way throughout Rome’s streets. The course is relatively flat, meaning you don’t have pesky hills to contend with! You’ll pass The Spanish Steps, St Peter’s Basilica, The Trevi Fountain and more – it’s a sight-seeing tour and a running event rolled into one. Bellissimo!

The Big Sur Marathon (California)

If you want to feel like you’re running through a postcard, this is the one for you! Running Big Sur, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful vistas and views the whole way. Not only that, but the event boasts some amazing post-marathon celebrations. After you reach the finish line, you’ll be greeted by the Finish festival! Grab a beer, listen to live music and even head for a massage as you wind down after your big event.

The New York Marathon (New York)

One of the World Marathon Majors has to be on this list, so why not The Big Apple? The largest marathon in America and the largest Major will see you running alongside 50,000+ runners in a race that was established back in 1970. Possibly the most iconic route in the world, you’ll be running through all 5 boroughs of New York and ending in the beautiful Central Park!

The Big Five Marathon (South Africa)

Thrills, difficult terrain and nature collide in this one-of-a-kind race that winds through the Entabeni Safari Conservancy. You’ll be running through the savannah habitat of ‘The Big Five’ game animals – Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalos, Lions and Leopards. If you’re a fan of nature documentaries, this event is definitely one to put on your bucket list. There’s nothing separating you from these wild and amazing animals – a perfect incentive to run fast!

What’s your personal ‘best marathon’? Have we missed your dream race from this list? Let us know in the comments!

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