This post is for all my sport-billy friends who will find it helpful to have – all in one place – the world’s best marathons, links to the sites and dates to plan their training schedule. For the rest of you, I apologise for wasting your time.
But if your goal is to run the New York Marathon or the Paris or the Reggae Marathon in Jamaica, read on…
Paris Marathon, April 6, 2014
Join 50,000 people in the 5th largest marathon in the world from the Champs-Elysees past all the major sites. Just a pity you won’t have time to take pics.
London Marathon, April 13, 2014
The Virgin Money London Marathon starts in Greenwich and runs through south London, crossing the Thames at Tower Bridge past Big Ben and parliament buildings to end at St James Park.
Boston Marathon, April 21, 2014
Held on Patriots Day each year, the Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon in the world having started in 1897.
The Great Wall Marathon, May 1, 2014
Climb, walk, run, drag yourself over the 5164 steps and shuffle along the Great Wall and work those muscles.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, June 7, 2014
This killer marathon starts in Cusco, Peru and runs through the national park along the Inca Trail. With altitudes of over 13,000 feet you’ll run past incredible archaeological sites but beware the terrain, it is likened to running up and down the Empire State Buildings 10 times.
The Big Five Marathon, June 21, 2014 (Sold Out!)
You will literally run through a big game reserve in South Africa with nothing to separate you from the elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. No fences, no rivers, just you and your Nikes. It’s so popular you need to register a year in advance.
Sydney Marathon, September 21, 2014
Run alongside 35,000 people over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge through the Botanic Garden, around the Rocks, into Hyde Park and finishing at the Sydney Opera House.
Auckland Marathon, November 2, 2014
Start in Devonport with 17000 others, run over the Harbour Bridge and finish at Victoria Park.
New York Marathon, November 2, 2014
Run through New York’s 5 boroughs with 2 million spectators cheering you on. You need to your application in by about April, so do it now and spend the rest of the year getting ready! Click here for my blog of Tips for race day at the New York Marathon >>>
Athens Marathon, November 9, 2014
Where it all started over 2500 years ago! Hopefully the originators fate won’t happen to you, but the very first marathon was run by Phillipides who ran from Marathon to Athens (42.195 km) to announce that the Greeks had defeated the Persians. He then collapsed and died.
Queenstown Marathon, New Zealand, November 22, 2014
This inaugural event is set in some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery. This running festival also includes a half marathon, 10km and 3km runs for the whole family between the Crown Ranges and the Remarkables and runs through the best of Queenstown.
Reggae Marathon, Jamaica, December 6, 2014
At Negril Jamaica, put your reggae running style on and enjoy the event, the food, and the reggae beats along the way.