January 14, 2015

The best marathons in the world!

New York Marathon

Standing out in the crowd at the New York Marathon

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.

So if your goal is to run the New York Marathon or the Paris or the Reggae Marathon in Jamaica, read on…

Paris Marathon, April

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 as you puff past.

Run past the icons in Paris

Run past the icons in Paris

London Marathon, April

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

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

Climb, walk, run, drag yourself over the 5164 steps and shuffle along the Great Wall and work those muscles.

Great wall marathon

Puffing over the Great Wall!

The Big Five Marathon, June

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.

Big 5 marathon

Run like a gazelle – or giraffe!

Sydney Marathon, September

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. There also family fun runs held on the same day.

Auckland Marathon, October

Start in Devonport with 17000 others, run over the Harbour Bridge and finish at Victoria Park, or do the half marathon or kids fun run.

best marathons

Over the Auckland Harbour Bridge

The NY marathon rhino

Imagine running the whole way in this get up?!

New York Marathon, November

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

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. If a full marathon scares you, join in for the 5k or 10k run.

Queenstown Marathon, New Zealand, November

In its 2nd year this¬†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

At Negril Jamaica, put your reggae running style on and enjoy the event, the food, and the reggae beats along the way. They also have a 5k and 10k run.

Jamaica marathon

A well earned cool down

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