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5 Incredible Foreign Marathons To Plan For Next Year

You know what’s going on locally, and even nationally when you consider famous marathons like the Boston or New York City Marathons. But let’s go somewhere foreign where the sites make for jaw-dropping scenery and an expanded view of the world.

Here are 5 marathons around the globe that are sure to spark your spirit of adventure:

Patagonian International Marathon

Patagonian International Marathon – NordicTrackThe Patagonian International Marathon consists of a small group of runners who’ve traveled from locations around the world to experience Chile’s culture and scenery while supporting one another in their efforts.

Location: Patagonia, Chile

Route: Gaze at Chile’s towers of granite and ice, starting at Cruce Bahía El Bote Ruta and finishing 26.2 miles later at the Hotel Río Serrano.

Patagonian International Marathon Map – NordicTrack

BMW Berlin Marathon

BMW Berlin Marathon – NordicTrackAlong with breathtaking views of Berlin, this marathon is accompanied by expos, pasta feasts, music, and tours. It really is quite the experience.

Location: Berlin, Germany

Route: The race starts at the Brandenburg Gate and takes you through the city of Berlin, the largest city in Germany. See the sites, eat the food, and celebrate with the locals at this jam packed event.

BMW Berlin Marathon Map – NordicTrack

Big Five Marathon

Big Five Marathon – NordicTrackExplore the wild safari during and after your 26.2 mile run at the Big Five Marathon. This challenging race is held among the wildlife of the South African savannah. You can register for the 6 or 8 day package. This route takes you through the enclosed habitat of famous African game: Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalos, Lions, and Leopards.

Location: The Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Limpopo, South Africa

Route: Start and finish at the Lakeside Lodge, running 26.2 miles over sand, concrete, and dirt roads.

Big Five Marathon Map – NordicTrack

Marathon du Medoc

Marathon du Medoc – NordicTrackLe Marathon Des Châteaux du Médoc is a scenic race in France full of character and history. Each year has a theme and participants are encouraged to dress to match. Warning: this race has the potential to get you boozed.

Location: Medoc, France

Route: Route includes wine tasting and refreshments. But pace yourself as you still have to complete 26.2 miles through the vineyards of France.

Marathon du Medoc Map – NordicTrack

Great Wall Marathon

Great Wall Marathon – NordicTrackPrepare your eyes for incredible sights. But prepare your legs for a real test of your efforts. Many marathoners resort to crawling on hands and feet as they brave steep stair climbs along the restored Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall.

Location: The Great Wall at Huangyaguan, China

Route: This route takes you along the tops of the Great Wall of China and through the local villages. Get ready for some hill climbing!

Great Wall Marathon Map – NordicTrack

No matter the race, the location, or the day, make your best marathon preparations from home using your NordicTrack treadmill. To learn more about race day prep on your home treadmill, see here!