Running any marathon is tough. That 42 km is no joke. It takes a lot of training and dedication to cross that finish line finally. Even professional marathon runners will tell you it's tough, but when you do cross the finish line, it’s an amazing feeling. You are filled with joy, euphoria and a huge accomplishment. All those days of running and hard work have finally paid off, and it will make you want to run another race.

Marathon races happen all the time and all over the world. Marathons are tough, but some marathons offer different elements like different scenery or different courses. Setting a marathon date in another part of the world is all the more motivation to run. There are lots of marathons happening worldwide, but there are a few that stick out more than others. We’ll list a few races down below.

The feeling of finishing a marathon can feel amazing.
The feeling of finishing a marathon can feel amazing. Source: Run FFWPU, Pexels
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Why Book A Marathon Race?

Before getting started with the list of marathons worldwide, it’s important to look at why you should book a race. It’s different saying you want to train for a marathon compared to signing up for one. Signing up for a marathon makes it real. It makes you start training and be able to work towards something. You often pay a fee for each marathon you race, so it’s even more motivation to get it in gear and start training.

Saying you want to train for a marathon doesn't immediately put you into action. A lot of people will have the issue of saying something but not pursuing it. It’s something we're all guilty of. If you truly want to run a marathon, it’s time to book one. It makes the run real and gives you the motivation to start. You don’t want to under-trained on race day. Even on the days you don't feel like running, at least try a few kilometres. Once you start moving, you'll be glad you went out and practicing. Sometimes the hardest part is putting on the shoes and stepping outside.

If you are struggling with getting started or don't know where to begin hiring a personal trainer can be the right choice. They can help you with everything you need to know regarding your marathon training. Superprof has 100s of personal trainers all over Canada that are ready to work with you. They have the experience and knowledge to teach you everything you need to know. They’ve helped so many people with their marathon training; now it's your turn. They also offer lessons online and in-person, giving you the freedom and flexibility to train when you want to train.

Vancouver Marathon

Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, right here in Canada. It is one of Canada's most scenic races. The Vancouver Marathon is hosted by BMO and takes runners through the city and through the mountains. 70% of the race has shoreline views. Runners often describe the race as stunning. It attracts runners all over the world. If you're looking to experience a beautiful Canadian marathon course, this has to be on your list.

Big Sur Marathon

It’s located in California. Runners will start at the Big Sur to Carmel and run on the scenic highway 1. It's one of the world's first nationally designated scenic highways. This marathon is known for its exceptional views. Most runners describe it as breathtaking running on a cliffside course along the highway. If you're running a marathon, you’ll be thinking about several things during the race; running in the Big Sur, you can take in the beauty of the course while you run those 42km.

One of the views from running the Big Sur Marathon.
One of the views from running the Big Sur Marathon. Source: Daniel Gorostieta, Pexels
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Los Angles Marathon

Located in Los Angles, the course starts at Dodger Stadium and finishes at the Santa Monica Pier. The race is known for its urban qualities. You’ll get to run past a lot of great landmarks and enjoy the run as you run through the city of Los Angels. Not to mention La traffic can be a nightmare. You’ll end up running through town faster than you would be able to drive. It’s the perfect marathon if you’re looking for those urban views and an enjoyable time during your race. A lot of marathon runners put down the Los Angles marathon as one of their favourites.

The Great Wall Marathon

The Great Wall marathon is located in Tianjin, China. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime marathon race. The race can be tough with steep climbs, but the race makes up for it with its breathtaking views of the countryside. You’ll also get welcomed by spirited sectors that are cheering you on. The great wall marathon isn't usually a race for time. Nobody is breaking personal bests with his marathon. It's a race to experience and enjoy.

Athens Authentic Marathon

Located in Greece, the Athens Authentic Marathon is one of the largest sporting events in Greece. The course follows the original marathon run from the ancient city of Marathon to Athens. It's a race that has a lot of history surrounding it. The course is fairly tough, with most of it being uphill, but many runners say it's worth it for the astounding views.

These 5 marathon courses are only just the beginning. There are lots of other great marathons in Canada and around the world. These 5 courses would be at the top of our list for marathon races to run.

Things to Consider When Traveling to a Marathon

Running a marathon in another city can be exciting, but you still have to think about a few things. These are the considerations you don't want to forget about when travelling for your marathon

Travel - How far do you have to commute to the race? Are you driving or flying? Is there going to be a time change? These are all questions to ask yourself when considering a marathon away from your hometown. You're going to want to some time between travelling and your race. You'll also be stiff if it's a long commute.

Accommodations - If your travel distance is fairly far, considering spending the night before and after. You want to feel well-rested and ready to run after the race commuting can be a nightmare if you're sore and tired. Staying an extra night after a race is a good idea.

Nutrition - Most people's nutrition goes out the window when they travel. this can't happen around your marathon. Think about your nutritional requirements before you start travelling. Nutrition will definitely play a part in your performance on race day whether or not you've been training.

Plan out your travel arrangements for your marathon race.
Plan out your travel arrangements for your marathon race. Source: Element Digital, Pexels

Book Your Marathon Race

Canada has its own beautiful marathon races, but having an excuse to travel is always a good idea. There are lots of great marathon races around the world that would be an experience of a lifetime. You just need to book one today. Being able to run in California or in China would be an experience you'll never forget. You can cross off running a marathon from your bucket list and travel to a new destination. Now is the perfect time to run a marathon.

Remember, if you are unsure about running a race, you can always hire a coach. They'll be with you every step of the way from the time you start to race day. You'll have all the tools you need to finish your marathon.

When talking about marathons, there are lots of different topics to learn about. If you want to learn more, check out these articles all about marathons.

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