Top Marathons – There is no secret to training for a marathon. You simply have to rack up some serious mileage (100 miles plus per week) just to stay in the top ten percent category. Add high mileage to a good diet of lean proteins, vegetables and fruits and now you have a winning combo. Start training at a slow pace for a few months to build muscle then gradually increase your speed.

Antarctic Ice Marathon – Adventure marathoners and ultra athletes are always looking for the next big challenge. It could be a remote desert marathon, a high altitude mountain marathon or a jungle marathon. However, mainland Antarctica represents the last frontier, the final great wilderness to be conquered. And now adventure athletes like you can do it. This race presents a truly formidable and genuine Antarctic challenge with underfoot conditions comprising snow and ice throughout, an average windchill temperature of -20C, and the possibility of strong Katabatic winds to contend with. Furthermore, the event takes place at an altitude of 700 metres. Read More


Athens Classic Marathon | Greece – Among all the Olympic sport events, the Marathon Race stands out as it was born by a true historic and heroic event. It was a true triumph accomplished by a news-bearing foot soldier from ancient Athens, who announced – with his last words – the victory of the Greeks against the Persians during the Marathon Battle in 490 BC. The 42,195m Marathon Race became one of the most competitive events during the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896. A Greek athlete named Spyros Louis, running what has ever since been referred to as the Original Marathon Course from the ancient city of Marathon to the Panathinaikon Stadium in Athens, won the gold medal of the first modern Olympic Games and became a legend of Greek and International Athletics. Read More


Barcelona Marathon | Spain – The Zurich Barcelona Marathon is intended to be something more than a sporting event or a grand civic festival of public participation. It is also intended to be an event marked by respect for the environment, with a series of measures that will make it more sustainable. The Zurich Barcelona Marathon offers you very easy advice so you can contribute to improving the quality of life of the city and all its citizens. Read More


Berlin Marathon | Germany – Berlin is a city of runners and there are numerous highlights for sports fans in the German capital: every year, the Berlin Marathon attracts around 40,000 runners, handbikers, and inline skaters from 120 countries, including numerous professional runners from Germany and abroad, for a race through Berlin, who are cheered on by enthusiastic fans. Berlin is also one of the fastest marathons besides Chicago and London. Marathon fans ensure spirits are high. The route leads past diverse city sights, while music bands on the side lines, as well as fans, friends and family ensure spirits are high by cheering on the athletes with music, chants, or rhythmic beating. International running stars such as Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat also regularly take part in the Berlin Marathon. Read More


Beijing Marathon – Beijing Marathon is sanctioned by the General Administration of Sport of China and Beijing Municipal Government. Marathon and half marathon starting point: Beijing Tian’anmen Square. Read More


Big Sur International Marathon – The Big Sur International Marathon is a non-profit organization that serves the community by providing a world class marathon and related fun events that raise money to benefit local charities, while promoting health and fitness. The Big Sur International Marathon, a spectacular road race set along one of the most breath-taking courses in the world. Runner’s World magazine named Big Sur as one of the country’s top three marathons behind Boston and New York. It was also designated as the “best destination marathon” and most scenic marathon. Read More


Boston Marathon – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has organized the Boston Marathon since the event’s inception in 1897.The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. Read More


Buffalo Marathon – The Buffalo Marathon showcases the beauty of Western New York’s waterfront. It highlights some of our friendliest neighborhoods, finest architecture and famous Olmsted parks. If you are attempting a personal best, or qualifying for the Boston Marathon, come run Buffalo, it is Insanely Great. Read More


Chicago Marathon – History of the Race: In November 1976 at the Metropolitan YMCA on LaSalle St., five key founders of what would eventually become the Bank of America Chicago Marathon met to begin discussions and planning. Those present included Wayne Goeldner, physical education director of the Hyde Park YMCA; Wendell “Wendy” Miller, a partner in a financial advising firm and founder of Midwest Masters Running Club; Bill Robinson, Executive Director of Friends of Parks; Sharon Mier, Director of Women’s Sports at the Loop Center YMCA; and Dr. Noel Nequin, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at the Swedish Convenant Hospital. At this meeting, the group decided it was time for a marathon in Chicago. Read More


Budapest International Marathon – The fascinating scenery and the beauty of Budapest makes this Marathon a unique experience. The route of the Budapest Marathon passes by Heroes’ Square, Andrassy Avenue, Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, Margaret Island and the Parliament Building. Read More


Cape Cod Marathon | Massachusetts– The one-loop course begins and ends at the Village Green in Falmouth center. The first part is easy, the latter is a test. The people who do well on this course follow the following formula: go out easy, take plenty of fluids, and save energy for the hills. Although the course is not closed to traffic, it is run on secondary roads and monitored by the police and numerous volunteers. Read More


Egyptian Marathon – The Marathon is an international event with over 36 nationalities participating and it is the only A I M S (Association of international Marathons and Road Races) certified Marathon in the country. Read More


Glass City Marathon (Run Toledo) – The very first Glass City Marathon started and finished at the University of Toledo. Sy Mah ran the race that day, as did two Churchills (Walt Jr., a key founder of the Toledo Roadrunners Club, and Walt III) and a runner named Fred Lebow who came all the way from New York City. We hear that Lebow accomplished some things later back East and are glad we could give him some ideas. Read More


Great Wall Marathon China – The Great Wall Marathon is widely considered one of the world’s most challenging marathons. Despite the arduous course on the iconic Great Wall of China, runners will be rewarded by the breathtaking surroundings and views. As the route leads participants through the lower valley and into the villages, onlookers will be cheering and the festive atmosphere is a real energy boost! Find out more about the race below. Read More


Hartford Marathon – Our mission is to organize programs and events that promote health, fitness and enjoyment for participants of all ages and experience levels. Over 70,000 people participate annually in HMF events. Since 1994, the HMF has injected over $100 million into the Hartford area and has raised over $5 million for dozens of community charities. Read More


JUNGFRAU-MARATHON | Switzerland – The most beautiful marathon course of the world. The Jungfrau Marathon presents the most beautiful marathon course of the world – marvelous mountains scenery and the excellent change of the landscape between the start in Interlaken and the finish on Kleine Scheidegg. The difference in altitude of 1829 meter is a challenge for everybody. There is no Marathon in Europe with such great dimensions. Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau the most famous mountains peaks of the Alps loom majestically over the course! Read More


London Marathon – In the Beginning … It all started in the pub, according to John Disley and the late Chris Brasher, co-founders of the London Marathon… The Dysart Arms next to Richmond Park is the home of the Ranelagh Harriers running club, and on Wednesday nights runners drift in and talk over pints of bitter. One night, the talk was of the New York Marathon – a marathon with a buzzing atmosphere and spectators who don’t let you give up. Several club members had competed in the 1978 New York City Marathon and never tired of talking about it. They were amazed how different it was to the UK marathons, where a handful of spectators and a few cows watched 20 or so competitors trudge around country lanes. After several weeks of listening to these stories, Brasher and Disley decided to see the New York Marathon for themselves. They did some training and entered the 1979 race. Read More


Marine Corp Marathon – MCM History – In its long history, the MCM has not only made a name for itself in sheer size as the fourth largest US Marathon and ninth in the world, but stands as the largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money, earning its nickname, “The People’s Marathon.” Read More


Midnight Sun Marathon | Norway – The world’s northernmost marathon attracts every year runners from over 50 nations, who compete at night, but in broad daylight – courtesy of the midnight sun, which doesn’t set in this part of Arctic Norway from mid-May to mid-July. Read More


New York City Marathon – The New York City Marathon has grown from a Central Park race with 55 finishers to the world’s biggest and most popular marathon, with over 50,000 finishers … The first New York City Marathon, organized in 1970 by Fred Lebow and Vince Chiappetta, was held entirely in Central Park. Of 127 entrants, only 55 men finished; the sole female entrant dropped out due to illness. Winners were given inexpensive wristwatches and recycled baseball and bowling trophies. The entry fee was $1 and the total event budget was $1,000. Read More


Niagara Falls International Marathon – Everyone finishes at the brink of the falls !! Read More


Paris Marathon – Marathon de Paris is now one of the biggest marathons in the world, as much for the size of its field as the performances of its runners. Each finisher comes home with incredible memories. Nearly 140 nationalities and 50,000 runners come to tackle the most fabled long-distance discipline in athletics. In April, this race across Paris, taking in the Champs Elysées, the Bois de Vincennes and Boulogne, offers an incomparable backdrop, with spectacular views and landmarks all along the route. Read More


The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon – America’s Ultimate Challenge! Because the Ascent and Marathon are so unique and so physically demanding when compared to other half-marathons or marathons, having a general understanding of the courses is the key to planning your training. The Ascent or ascent portion of the Marathon can take as long, or longer, than a full flatland marathon. In fact, many flatlanders find that it can take much longer! On the other hand, if you have trained in high altitude, it is possible to go a little faster than your flatland marathon time during the Ascent. In general, if you live at altitude, go with your  flatland marathon time. Otherwise, add 1/2 hour to your flatland marathon time. The average descent time is about 63% of the runner’s Ascent time. In other words, the downhill is not free, and there are even a few ups on the way down! Read More


Rome Marathon | Maratona di Roma – From the early of the ‘900 to date in the streets and squares of the Eternal City have ventured some of the myths of running of all time. Dorando Pietri, that on 2 April 1906 triumphed at the finish line of marathon in Villa Borghese. Abebe Bikila, who barefoot won under the Arch of Constantine the Olympic marathon in 1960. Another legend is the Kenyan-Japanese Douglas Wakiihuri, who September 6, 1987 won the World Championship marathon in Rome. Read More


Sahara Marathon | Algeria – The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people. It’s organized by the Secretary of State for Sport, Government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic with the help of volunteers from all over the world. Read More


Stockholm Marathon | Sweden – Welcome to Stockholm and one of the world’s most beautiful capitals. Built on 14 islands around one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved medieval city centres, the Swedish capital is superbly positioned, with stunning and extremely varied scenery in every direction. At the finish, in the classical 1912 Olympic Stadium, enthusiastic fans greet the runners. The Marathon Expo, the Pasta Party and the Post Race Celebration are traditional parts of the event, bringing all the runners together in a joyful atmosphere. With almost 7,500 international runners from more than 90 countries the ASICS Stockholm Marathon is also a multicultural festival. Read More


Tokyo Marathon – It is not just the 36,000 chosen runners but the 10,000 volunteers, over 1,720,000 crowds cheering, numerous supporting sponsors and many others that come together as one to make it happen. Tokyo Marathon unites people and makes a great contribution to provide a dream to our society. Read More


Toronto Waterfront Marathon – Flat • Fast • Festive – The flat and fast features of this event have consistently been the reason for so many people achieving a personal best, qualifying for Boston, having a memorable first marathon or an outstanding race. Power walkers and slower runners also love this course because of its 6 hour time limit. Read More


Utah Valley Marathon – The Utah Valley Marathon was organized by experienced marathon runners who wanted to create a memorable running experience with a charitable cause. The creation began with two friends who were puzzled why there wasn’t a marathon in Utah County yet. What began as a joke among friends became a reality when the Daily Herald among other sponsors agreed to support a marathon in Utah County. Our goal is to give you a race that you want to tell your friends about. The race has had tremendous growth. Read More

Vermont City Marathon | Burlington, Vermont

Vermont City Marathon | Burlington, Vermont – Packet Pick-up | Gear Check | Pace Leaders | Start Area | Timing | Transportation – Read More


White Nights Russia – Official site of the marathon “White Nights”. There was a time when only few people could manage the marathon distance, and it was an exclusive privilege of elite sport. At that point in time, marathoners were looked upon as heroes, the extraordinary people. Read More

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