5 of the Coolest Destination Marathons


The only thing better than a marathon is a destination marathon.  Sometimes, however, the sheer volume of marathons out there can paralyze the decision-making process.  Here are some of the coolest marathons I’ve come across.  And yes, they’re all on my bucket list.

Marine Corps Marathon

Where: Arlington, Virginia

When: October 28, 2018

The MCM has been around for over four decades.  Some of its most famous finishers include Al Gore, Oprah, and many Supreme Court Justices.  The race honors our all U.S. military members, and it features an awesome fly-in.

Napa Valley Marathon

When: March 4, 2018

Where: Napa Valley, California

The Napa Valley Marathon is known as the “biggest little marathon in the west”.  Word on the street is this race has, by far, one of the most scenic courses around.  Moreover, it goes mostly downhill.  Head’s up, though.  You can’t wear headphones, and it’s strictly enforced.  For this alone, I might second guess a trip out to wine country.  Oh, wait.  Wine.

Walt Disney World Marathon

When: January 7, 2018

Where: The Most Magical Place on Earth

Not only is it an excuse to go to Disney world, it’s an excuse to go to Florida in the dead of winter.  Honestly, I have it out for basically every running event at Disney World.  In this race, you run through all four of the parks, and there are supposedly surprises at every turn.  Sounds like a great race for the 8-year-old within.

Las Vegas Marathon

When: November 11/12, 2017

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

#VegasStrong is this weekend, and I definitely have some FOMO.  Every year, this race looks like one of the coolest parties ever.  I’m 99.9999% sure this is the next marathon I’ll be running.  The course takes place along the strip at night.  Strike one.  The medal lights up.  Strike two.  I have a newfound, voracious roulette habit.  Strike three.

Athens Marathon

When: November 11, 2017

Where: Athens, Greece

For the history buffs in all of us.  This is the OG marathon.  For those who have never heard the tale, take it from Live Science:

In a nod to Greek history, the first marathon commemorated the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield near the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C. According to legend, Pheidippides ran the approximately 25 miles to announce the defeat of the Persians to some anxious Athenians. Not quite in mid-season shape, he delivered the message “Niki!” (Victory!) then keeled over and died.

Yep, sounds like something that would definitely become a sport in the modern world.


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