Once upon a time there was a Greek messenger with the name Pheidippides. According to the legend he was sent to announce a victory. So he ran all the way from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens without ever stopping. By the time he made it to Athens he only got to announce the victory before he fell down, and died. And this was when the term running a marathon was born.
Luckily running a marathon today isn’t a synonym with people falling down and dying. Instead it is something people do for fun! A very popular activity considering the fact that a majority of the big cities in the world has a marathon. The larger ones can have up to tens of thousands of people participating. It isn’t just people running the distance of 42.195 kilometers, instead it’s more of a festival celebrating healthy lifestyles. Lots of people come to cheer the runners on and in many of the events there is a celebration as a reward after the finish line!
Now running 42 kilometers may not be something that just anyone can pull off, but that doesn’t mean that they should be left out in these fun running events, right? Of course not. Very often the marathons combine their events with half-marathons at 26 kilometers, and sometimes even 10 and 5 kilometer runs as well. Making it suitable for all difficulty levels. Perfect! And do you know that you actually can run a marathon through the middle of a desert in Eilat, by the Victoria Waterfalls in Zimbabwe and even by the Great Wall of China? If not, you do now!
Now maybe you’re not the biggest fan of running? But the matter of the fact is that running a marathon must be one of the best ways to experience the atmosphere of a city! So why not give it a try? Challenge yourself and visit a city of your choice at the same time! We’ve listed lots and lots of marathons down below. All you need to do is pick one. Choose freely, put on those running shoes and run safe!