Marathons are dime a dozen, but there’s only so many you can do a year before your lungs start begging for a break and your legs scream for you to stop. Which is why maybe it’s time for you to stop checking off the same list you’ve had for years, and start challenging yourself with a brand new one.
While these events are a great test of human endeavour, we also understand that running the standard distance of 42.195 kilometres can be an incredibly dull affair. To prevent the monotony from kicking in, these breathtaking marathons — with their exotic locations and picturesque trails — will make your running calendar this year something to look forward to again.
Our list will take you all over the world and across continents, where you’ll experience everything from the stylish beaches of Ipanema, to the unforgiving Antarctic frost. There’s also one where you’ll be able to run alongside (or away) from the wild lions of the savannah.
These breathtaking marathons are the ultimate test of courage and endurance, and are the ones you should be packing your running gear for now.