What Are the Top Marathons Every Long Distance Runner Should Consider?

What Are the Top Marathons Every Long Distance Runner Should Consider?

There are many famous marathons around the world that offer unique experiences and challenges for long-distance runners. Get ready to lace up your running shoes and embark on an epic journey at some of the most famous marathons across the globe!

Here are some that every marathon enthusiast should consider with links to register for each at the end of this post.

  1. Boston Marathon (USA): One of the oldest and most prestigious marathons, you have to qualify to run this one, making it a bucket list item for many serious runners.
  2. New York City Marathon (USA): With a diverse course that winds through all five boroughs of the city, the NYC Marathon is the world's largest marathon and a fantastic experience.
  3. London Marathon (UK): This flat and fast course takes runners past many of London's most iconic landmarks, making it a great choice for runners seeking a personal best or just a scenic race.
  4. Berlin Marathon (Germany): Known for its flat course and favorable weather, this is where many world records have been set.
  5. Chicago Marathon (USA): The fast, flat course winds through 29 diverse neighborhoods, offering a unique way to experience the city.
  6. Tokyo Marathon (Japan): Part of the World Marathon Majors, it's a fantastic way to experience Japanese culture.
  7. Marine Corps Marathon (USA): Known as "The People's Marathon," this race in Washington, D.C. doesn't require qualifying times, making it more accessible for many runners.
  8. Paris Marathon (France): Run through the heart of the City of Light, passing numerous historic landmarks along the way.
  9. Great Wall Marathon (China): A truly unique experience, but it's a challenging course with thousands of steps and steep ascents and descents.
  10. Big Five Marathon (South Africa): Run on a course through a game reserve, it's one of the most unique marathon experiences in the world.

Where Can I Find Out About Each Marathon?

Marathon Website
Boston Marathon www.baa.org
New York City Marathon www.nyrr.org/races/tcsnewyorkcitymarathon
London Marathon www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com
Berlin Marathon www.bmw-berlin-marathon.com
Chicago Marathon www.chicagomarathon.com
Tokyo Marathon www.marathon.tokyo
Marine Corps Marathon www.marinemarathon.com
Paris Marathon www.schneiderelectricparismarathon.com
Great Wall Marathon www.great-wall-marathon.com
Big Five Marathon www.big-five-marathon.com


Please be aware that registration periods can vary for each race, and many of these marathons operate on a lottery system due to high demand. Some also have qualification standards. Make sure to check each marathon's official site for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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