The 30 Best Marathons in the Entire World

The 30 Best Marathons in the Entire World

Without boundaries or language barriers, running is a universal sport that can truly take you anywhere. Run or watch any marathon and you’ll see the power of the human body and the unity of our spirits alive and well. It’s a distance that tests the grit and determination of its participants — from the elites to the back-of-the-packers — to just keep moving.

According to Running USA’s Annual Marathon Report, there were more than 1,100 marathons in the U.S. alone in 2013. But we’re ready to think outside our borders to see just how far we can go. That’s why we’re packing up our running gear and stamping our passports to seek out the ultimate destinations to run 26.2 miles (or 42.195 kilometers!) in the world.

These 30 international marathons (listed by date, starting in September) top our list as the most popular, exciting, inspirational, crowd-favorite bucket list races you’ll find on the planet. Note: All race registration fees are converted to U.S. dollars.

On the selection process:
To compile this list, we tapped into our network of running contacts around the country — including popular bloggers, experienced coaches and knowledgeable writers and editors — and asked them to think big, and outside our own 50 states. While we include many established and prominent marathons (like New York, Berlin and Tokyo), we also shine a light on bucket list races where the destination is more important than the finish time (like Antarctica, the Great Wall of China and the Australian Outback). With any of our top race lists, we believe it’s most important what the runner has to say, which is why we spend so much time researching online reviews to confirm our selections are based on the participants’ positive experiences, the reputation of the race and the unique value they offer to the marathoner.

Did we miss any international marathons on your bucket list? Tell us in the comments!