For some reason, some people think that running an entire 26 miles and 385 yards in one go is fun. For those people, Skyscanner presents our top pick of marathons around the world; from Edinburgh to Everest, pack your pacemaker and keep on running...
Boston Marathon (20th April 2009) – famed for being the world’s oldest marathon, Boston’s biggest race began in 1897. In that first year, 18 participants ran the race. Now more than 25,000 pound the pavements of Boston, eager to be part of this historic race. The route starts on Main Street in Hopkinton, a rural New England town, then continues through various settlements before finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square. Find cheap flights to Boston
London Marathon (26th April 2009) – one of the largest and most prestigious marathons in the world, the London Marathon was born in 1981. The course takes in some of London’s most iconic sights such as the Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf, the Tower of London, and Trafalgar Square. Find cheap flights to London
Edinburgh Marathon (31st May 2009) – We couldn’t list our top marathons without including Edinburgh, home of Skyscanner. Arguably the most picturesque marathon location in the UK, runners get to see this great Scottish city’s top attractions such as Arthur’s Seat, the Palace of Holyrood House and Edinburgh Castle. According to Runner’s World Magazine, it’s also the fastest marathon in the UK, so great for those looking for a new personal best. Find cheap flights to Edinburgh
Reykjavik Marathon (22nd August 2009) – Iceland is not the first country that comes to mind when thinking of running, buy Reykjavik’s marathon has been going since 1984 and now attracts more than 500 runners each year. The best bit is being able to sooth those aching legs in the mineral rich waters of the Blue Lagoon spa after the race – as long as you don’t mind the smell of rotten eggs. Find cheap flights to Reykjavik
New York Marathon (1st November 2009) – the big apple’s big run started in 1970 and the course takes in the streets of New York’s five boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. Attracting world class professional athletes who compete for more than $600,000 in prize money, as well as 2 million spectators who line the route, a grand total of more than 100,000 runners take to the streets to be part of this hugely popular event. Find cheap flights to New York
Honolulu Marathon (14th December 2009) – probably one of the most beautiful settings for a marathon, the Hawaiian race kicks off on Ala Moana Boulevard – which means “path by the ocean”. It then continues downtown along Honolulu Hario, the historic Aloha tower, through Chinatown and past Iolani Palace. The last stretch of the race takes in Waikiki, a popular surfing spot, before runners cross the finish line near the Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Find cheap flights to Honolulu
North Pole Marathon (7th April 2010) – surely the most unusual location for a marathon, this race offers cool runnings for those tough enough to take it on. The northern-most (and unquestionably the coldest) marathon in the world, the race takes place on Arctic ice floes; forget your trainers and shorts, you’ll need snow shoes and goggles to complete this event, which is only for the most extreme marathoners.
The race was conceived in 2002 with a grand total of one participant, who then went on to turn the race into a proper event; it now attracts over a 150 hardcore athletes each year. Major benefits include no lack of ice packs for injuries and the low chances of overheating.
Everest Marathon (5th December 2009) – if you don’t fancy the world’s coldest marathon, how about the world’s highest? The Everest Marathon takes place in Nepal and is one of the most gruelling races in the world. Due to the extreme altitude, runners need to devote an entire 25 days to the event, which allows them to acclimatise.
Terrain varies from snow and ice to grassy slopes, forest paths and even narrow suspension bridges. The race is held every two years and now attracts around 80 athletes each time. Find cheap flights to Kathmandu