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Marathon bug? Here are the best marathons on the planet

Marathon bug? Here are the best marathons on the planet

Straight after the hype of the London Marathon, it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement.

While you’ve got the marathon bug, check out 5 of the best - and most unusual - marathons in the world:

Marathon Bahamas - January 14-15, 2017

What’s not to love? Pristine beaches, palm trees, and to finish it all off, a leap into the pristine clear ocean to cool down. Sign me up right now!

The Dead Sea Marathon - April 2017

This 50km ultramarathon takes you down to 418 metres below sea level, to the lowest point on earth. You’ll have camels for company, but there are few bystanders other than that. 

The bonus of this is that you get to run downhill the whole way! Mind you, running down can hurt if you haven’t trained for it. 

The finish line is at Amman Beach so don’t forget to take a dip in the Dead Sea as celebration.

The Great Wall of China Marathon - May 20, 2017

If you’re not too bothered about the 5,000 plus steps involved, then the best way to see one of the 7 Wonders of the World might just be to run it.

The amount of entrants is surprisingly low considering the stunning location, but then I guess you’ve got to really love steps…

The Everest Marathon - May 29, 2017

If you want to feel quite literally on top of the world, then the Everest Marathon might just be the one for you.

Taking you through the Everest National Park and Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital town, the Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche and Thyangboche, you’ll not get much higher than this.

The Australian Outback Marathon - July 29, 2017

It’s not often you’d dare to go running in the outback, but stick to the path and this epic marathon will take you past the breathtaking sights of the sacred rocks Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Kata Tjuta. Signposts are few and far between but stick to the track and you should be safe!

the author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running ultra marathons. In addition to training for her epic runs she finds time for strength training, Pilates and Yoga. .