5 Most Prestigious Marathons Around the World
Have you ever experienced the euphoria and ultimate satisfaction of crossing a finish line after running for 26.2 miles? For many running enthusiasts, competing in and completing a marathon is the highlight of their sporting career. If you want to take your passion for running to the next level, we’ve compiled a list of some of the world’s finest marathon races.
5. Athens Classic Marathon
According to Greek mythology, an Athenian messenger called Pheidippides ran from the town of Marathon to Athens to report on a victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. The first competitive marathon in Athens was held during the 1896 Olympic Games. Today the annual race starts in Marathon and follows a 13-mile-long uphill section before reaching the finish line inside the iconic Panathenaic Stadium.
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4. Great Wall Marathon
Fancy climbing over 5,000 steps on your way to a finish line? You can do just that every May along the Great Wall of China. Set in the Tianjin province, this is widely considered to be one of the world’s most grueling long-distance races. Also, with a course record of just over three hours, this is one of the slower worldwide marathons. If you do decide to tackle it then bring you camera because the views of far-reaching rice paddies and pretty Chinese villages are magnificent.
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