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
The 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.
BMW Berlin Marathon
Along 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.
Big Five Marathon
Explore 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.
Marathon du Medoc
Le 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.
Great Wall Marathon
Prepare 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!