Are you fond of running? How about marathon running?
Surely, you’ve contemplated participating in the local running marathon in your area even just once. Well, if you’re trying out marathon running for the first time, why don’t you go long and go big?
That said, here are some of the world’s top running marathons you should know.
New York City Marathon
A world-famous marathon, thousands of runners flock to New York City yearly to participate in the TSC New York City Marathon. Starting back in 1970 when mere 55 runners ran laps around Central Park, the marathon has since grown into one of the largest, if not the largest, marathons in the world.
Nowadays, over 50,000 people take part in the event every year.
The race is known to cover all five of the city’s boroughs, with the course starting at Staten Island and usually ending after 20+ miles.
Starting in 1897 following the heels of the first modern marathon at the 1896 Olympics, boasts of its historic course which starts from Hopkinton and goes through Heartbreak Hill to end up at Boylston Street.
The world’s oldest annual marathon is always held on Patriots’ Day, giving out a celebratory vibe to the participating crowd. It’s also known as one of the best road racing events and actually one of the six World Marathon Majors.
Runners take pride in participating in the marathon as being able to do is an achievement in itself.
Dating its beginnings from March 29, 1981, the London Marathon is always held every year during Spring.
Whenever April comes, the streets of London transform into a weaving race course for the participating runners amidst the roaring crowds of spectators. Over 35,000 runners run across the River Thames and along the Tower Bridge, catching sights of iconic landmarks such as the Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben.
More than the historic sites, the participants are also treated with entertainment and crazy costumes along the way.
One of the largest and most popular road races in the world, the Berlin Marathon first started in 1974. When you participate in this marathon, you’ll be seeing the Siegessule column, the State Opera House and the Brandenburg Gate at the finish line.
The participants run a total distance of over 42 kilometers. Boasting of a flat and fast course, it’s known for being used by marathon runners who set many world records. As the marathon includes power walking, inline skating, wheelchair riders hand biking and more, it usually lasts for a total of two days.
Of course, these are just some of the world’s top running marathons. There are still more out there. Now, are you thinking of trying out these marathons yourself? Well, make sure that you’re well-prepared when you embark into it. Best of luck to you!