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