One of my goals for this year is to find an international marathon to run in 2014. There are SO many good ones abroad that it’s hard to pick which one to run! Here are the top seven on my radar.

1. Berlin Marathon

 

I would love love love to run this race. I have heard so many great things about the course and the people. Plus since I’m mostly German, it would be awesome to run the race and spend some time in Germany afterwards.

 

2. Reykjavik Marathon 

C and I went to Iceland in 2011 and it was absolutely amazing.

The race is held at the end of August, which I think is great because that means the weather would be really good. Plus, you can’t beat heading to the hot springs to recover afterwards.

 

3. Milan Marathon

Italy is on our “to visit” list… and it’s really funny, but I never considered running this race until they started following me on Twitter last week. I’m a sucker for attention, what can I say.

It does sound like a really cool race and I love that it’s not a monster race. I do love the big marquee events but there is something about the smaller marathon that speaks volume for the race and long distance running. I feel like this would be a great race to run with awesome views.

 

I may be tempted to carbo load with some real Italian at this race!

 

4. Polar Circle Marathon

Pretty sure this one will stay on my dream list of races… How awesome does it sound!?

The Polar Circle Marathon takes place in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. The endless ice and snow of this vast country make up the backdrop of this unusual race, in which runners pass glacier tongues, moraine landscapes and soundless, arctic desert.

A part of the route takes place on the slippery ice cap itself, but the main part of the course is run on the gravel road (often snow covered) that connects the inland ice with the small township of Kangerlussuaq, just north of the Polar Circle. The average temperature in Greenland in October is normally around -10ºC/15ºF, but colder temperatures should be expected. Snow is not unusual, but the race can be completed in a pair of normal running shoes.

 

Amazing. It is super expensive (like thousands of dollars) so as soon as I win the lottery, I’ll be doing this one.

 

5. Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon

You’re probably wondering how Detroit qualifies as an international marathon… but it does! So cool, part of the race actually crosses into Canada. You have to have a passport in order to do the race!

 

I like the idea of this race because it is a cheap version to do an international marathon. You get to do it without having to spend a bjillion dollars on it.

 

6. Tokyo Marathon

We went to Tokyo a couple of years ago and it’s an AMAZING place. I absolutely loved everything about this city (including the Yoshinoya).

 

I love that it is now considered one of the world marathon majors, so very well deserved and makes sense. I think it would be great to go back to Tokyo and run this race. It would be such an incredible experience. Knowing how awesome people are in Japan, the crowds have to be outstanding for this race.

 

7. Auckland Marathon

When we booked our trip to Australia this fall, I was hoping we would be able to sneak a day or two in New Zealand but it is a little too far for a quick day trip. What better reason to see this country than by running a marathon?

I love that this race is run mostly by the water. Water = cool breezes (I hope) and beautiful views. It also means lots of bridge running, which can be tough… but I think it would be a good trade off.

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Have you run an international race? Where?

What international race tops your list? 

 



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