The 10 Best Places in the World to Run a Marathon

December 11, 2014 Updated: December 11, 2014

If you have a love of both running and travel, then our guide to 10 of the best marathons in the world will hopefully inspire you to your next marathon challenge. Like travel, marathon running has seen considerable growth in the last decade or two. We’ve included a real mix in compiling this list, from major city marathons to some with a much smaller field and more challenging courses. Whether you’re about to embark on your first or your fiftieth attempt at 26 miles and 385 yards, there are marathons here that will challenge even the most experienced of runners, and provide you with the unique opportunity of combining two of your favourite pastimes – running and travel.

North Pole Marathon

Recognised as the most northerly marathon in the world, the North Pole Marathon is not for the faint of heart. Ten laps of a 2.6 mile circuit tests runners to their limits with a run that is not on land, but instead on the frozen Arctic Ocean. Run in April, competitiors can face temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius, as well as challenging snow conditions. Although unlikely, polar bears are not unknown in the vicinity, but don’t worry since armoured personnel are on hand in case of that eventually… which is a good job as bears can do a 3 minute mile!

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