Have you ever wondered how amazing it would be to run a marathon? Know you can tackle anything because you ran 26 miles and you’ve got the shiny medal to prove it! Ask 10 runners what the best marathon in the world is, and you could get 10 different answers.
We’ve compiled a list of the most popular marathons in the world-and added in some crazier ones just for fun!
1. London marathon, April-The Virgin London Marathon is a celebratory sporting festival that attracts professional athletes, enthusiastic joggers and costume-wearing charity fundraisers alike. In 2015 Paula Radcliffe returned to running and completed the race.
2. New York City marathon, November–The New York City Marathon is an annual marathon that courses through the five boroughs of New York City. It is the largest marathon in the world with over 50,000 finishers in 2014.
3. Chicago marathon, October–The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a major marathon held yearly in Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Alongside the Boston, New York, London, Berlin, and Tokyo Marathons, it is one of the six World Marathon Majors.
4. Boston marathon, April-he Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts, United States. It is always held on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April.
5. Stockholm marathon, June–The Stockholm Marathon, known as the ASICS Stockholm Marathon for sponsorship reasons, is an annual marathon arranged in Stockholm, Sweden since 1979. It’s an exciting race in a beautiful city, with over 20,000 runners taking part.
6. Rotterdam marathon, April-The Rotterdam Marathon, is an annual marathon that has been held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands since 1981. It has been held in April every year since the third edition in 1984, and attracts many top athletes. It has also been ranked as one of the top 10 marathons in the world by Runners World magazine. The event is the most popular marathon in the Netherlands, followed by the marathons of Amsterdam and Eindhoven.
7. Paris marathon, April-The Paris Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in Europe. A scenic race through a beautiful city, passing many iconic sights.
8. Marathon de Sables, April-Known simply as the MdS, the race is a gruelling multi-stage adventure through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates – the Sahara desert. The rules require you to be self-sufficient, to carry with you on your back everything except water that you need to survive. You are given a place in a tent to sleep at night, but any other equipment and food must be carried. It s commonly known as the toughest marathon on earth. Places are much sought after, but those who do make it to the start line are richly rewarded.
9. Marathon du Medoc, September-Six hours, 42 kilometres, 23 glasses of wine. Yes, you read that right. The festival of wine and running that is the Medoc Marathon used to be a well-kept secret by the French, but in recent years it has begun to attract overseas runners too. The Medoc region’s world-famous chateaux – including familiar names like Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Latour – opened their grounds and cellars to offer runners some of the world’s most respected wines at 23 drinks stations along the route, as well as countless food stops serving local delicacies from foie gras, oysters and entrecote steak, to ham, cheese and fruit.
10. Honolulu marathon, December-The Honolulu Marathon is a major 26.2-mile (42.2 km) marathon in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is one of the world’s largest marathons, taking place annually on the second Sunday in December. The marathon is popular for its exotic location in Hawaii, and is also popular among first-time marathoners, many of whom are visitors from Japan.