10 Marathons for Every Runner’s Bucket List
Run in one of the most romantic cities in the world and take part in a double trail marathon which ends on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower. The 8th edition of the most renowned ultra in France takes place between March 20-22 this year.
Enjoy spectacular views of the Australian Outback and run across vast areas of packed and soft, red sand. Be amazed by kangaroos, ostriches, crocodiles, poisonous snakes, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Mount Uluru and red sand desert scenes.
Another desert run that will take your breath away. Drink gallons of tea in a huge tent under a starry sky. Run on the dunes and get trapped by a sand storm. Feel this fantastic experience in the south-west part of Algeria.
As the highest mountains on Earth, the Himalayas need little introduction. Think glaciers. Acclimatisation. Suspension bridges. Thousands of stories of climbers. Buddhist flags. The most dangerous airport in the world. Run the Everest Marathon and you will never forget it. It is probably the most adventurous trail run in the world.
Conquer the great wilderness that is Mainland Antartica. Run in this exotic place, full of breathtakingly beautiful, contoured ice structures. Run in the coldest place on earth.
One of the best places to run in 2015. However, you must first qualify for the world’s oldest annual marathon. The Boston Marathon is part of World Marathon Majors and is ranked as one of the world’s best-known road racing events.
It is called “the most beautiful ultra in the world”. A safari inside a city. Run towards two oceans intersecting before your eyes, making sunrise and sunset a lifetime memory.
Run on the rooftop of Europe. Start your journey on a steep rock footpath that winds its way up to the top. Approach the ascent like a pro, but be sure to pace yourself; the climb is unrelenting!
Death Valley is located in Eastern California’s Mojave Desert, the hottest desert on earth. The temperature there once reached a scorching 56º Celsius (134.7º Fahrenheit). Dean Karnazes, a famous ultramarathoner, wrote in his book that his shoes literally melted after about 60 kilometers. Badwater Ultramarathon is a 135-mile race across this desert.
Number ten brings us back to where it all started. The name “Marathon” comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. It is said that he ran from the battle of Marathon to Athens to announce the victory of Greece over Persia. He ran the entire distance without stopping and delivered the news, before collapsing and dying.
Run the Athens Authentic Marathon – the race where marathons began.