Running a marathon is no easy feat. The often grueling 26.2 mile courses can be filled with steep hills, rocky terrain and unexpected challenges. Intense training and mental preparation are key to any runner’s success. But why run through your hometown when there is a whole world full of new twists, turns and hills? Nothing motivates your stride more than than a destination race. It is far more exciting to sign up for an event in a country, city or town that you might not otherwise see. This combines travel, sport and personal challenge. Get those running shoes on and tie your laces tight as you discover 10 of the best places to run a marathon around the world.
1. The Big Five Marathon, South Africa
This coveted marathon allows participants to run alongside giraffes, antelopes, zebras and even right through lion country. The extremely tough course has a terrain made up of steep hills, deep sand, dirt tracks and loose stone. The stunning savannah scenery and wildlife make it more than worth it though. The race takes place on the Entabeni Game Reserve. Starting times depend on where the wildlife is – a clue to just how real this experience is. Participants will no doubt want to make a vacation out of this race. Various packages let you choose a stay of five or seven nights with your choice of hotel. Part marathon, part safari, part holiday; what could be better?