Must-Run International Marathons

Look­ing for a new runner’s high? Be bold and dar­ing, like your run­ning shoes, and try some­thing new – an inter­na­tion­al run. Des­ti­na­tion unknown will pro­vide more than a trav­el adven­ture — you’ll get 42.195 kilo­me­ters strolling amidst some amaz­ing beach­es and his­toric archi­tec­ture. Pos­si­bly the best part is that the race is filled with thou­sands of for­eign run­ners (tech­ni­cal­ly, you would be the for­eign one)? That means there’s exot­ic beers some­where near that fin­ish line. Strap up your laces and restore your glyco­gen with some of these amaz­ing inter­na­tion­al marathons.

1ATHENSAthens Marathon, Greece
If you choose one inter­na­tion­al race in your life, it bet­ter be Greece. This is the sacred ground where ancient gods and heroes birthed marathons for west­ern civ­i­liza­tion around 490 BC. Phei­dippedes, a Greek mes­sen­ger, was sent from the Bat­tle of Marathon to Athens to announce the Per­sians have been defeat­ed. Today, the Novem­ber marathons still fol­lows the route that lit­tle mes­sen­ger boy ran.


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Berlin Marathon, Ger­many
Brand­ed by BMW and rec­og­nized as a par­ty, you know this marathon is one-of-a-kind. Run through the his­toric sites of Germany’s cap­i­tal city, while you lis­ten to var­i­ous bands on the course. This Sep­tem­ber marathon takes you through parts of East and West Ger­many. Did you know Ger­many has a care­free drink­ing pol­i­cy? From train sta­tions to city streets, you know Berlin­ers will be start­ing up a par­ty some­where near the end of the course.


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Stock­holm Marathon, Swe­den
Run through the city and the Baltic shores as you are encour­aged by thou­sands of friend­ly Swedish fans. The city of con­trasts brings life to tired legs as you run past his­to­ry, inno­va­tion, islands, small towns and big cities. This May to June marathon starts in the after­noon and ends at the 1912 Olympic stadium.


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Aus­tralian Out­back Marathon, Aus­tralia
This is not only a run­ning event, but also a unique expe­ri­ence. Explore the out­back by foot as you run amidst Ulu­ru (Ayer’s Rock) and Kata Tju­ta (The Olgas). Explore hues of orange and reds as you run, and shades of pink, pur­ple and yel­lows as the sun­sets lat­er in the evening. This race takes place dur­ing Australia’s win­ter months, and is reg­u­lar­ly held at the end of July.


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Tokyo Marathon, Japan
For those who want a chic Asian expe­ri­ence, come to Tokyo. Slo­gan, “The Day We Unite,” rings true for many run­ners who come togeth­er to run for a cause. Run amidst the busy streets and high rise build­ings as you expe­ri­ence this classy run. Held near the end of Feb­ru­ary, get ready to car­bo-load on sushi and if you can’t read the signs, no wor­ries, just fol­low the guy in front of you.


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Stan­dard Char­tered Mum­bai Marathon, India
For a unique Asian expe­ri­ence, explore the Mum­bai marathon. India is a spe­cial place, and no bet­ter way to view life dif­fer­ent­ly than through miles and miles on the road. This is the largest char­i­ty-gen­er­at­ing plat­form in India. The tro­phies, like the race, have a deep­er mean­ing, which show­cas­es the ener­gy, his­to­ry and geog­ra­phy of Mum­bai. The race is also spe­cial to local Mum­baikars, as well as run­ners, who emo­tion­al­ly con­nect with the marathon as run­ners over­come the hur­dles of life and the sev­en pil­lars. This includes rit­u­al, shock, denial, iso­la­tion, despair, affir­ma­tion and renew­al. The race is held in Jan­u­ary, which is the cool­er month of India.


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Mara­tona de Rio, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Oh Brazil.  The land filled with beau­ti­ful beach­es and gor­geous women. The race takes place dur­ing the cool­er month of July, and the course is amidst the beau­ti­ful shore­lines and city streets of Rio. Run­ners view spec­tac­u­lar views of the moun­tains and famous land­marks such as Christ the Redeemer. After the race, relax tired legs on the beach and have your­self a nice day filled with run­ning, sun, sand and sea.