Top 5 Destination Marathons Around the World in 2018

If you are someone who loves to run and has a desire to travel the world, finding the perfect destination marathon is a great way to satisfy both your travel and running bugs. There are so many different marathons in upcoming year to be found throughout the world, why not make a trip out of them. Registering for a marathon in any of the following places offers a great way to marry your love of traveling to your desire to run in new and exciting locations. Here are some upcoming races in beautiful countries throughout the world.

Marathon de Cheverny

Location: Cheverny, France
Date: April 14 & 15, 2018

Highlights of the Course: The marathon starts at the Chateau de Cheverny and follows a picturesque route. The course is very rolling but without much altitude gain overall, which makes it perfect for a PR. The course features beautiful scenery and even runs through a vineyard. In the vineyard, you can grab a glass of wine and some cheese at both the 11-mile and 24-mile marks.

Other Things to Do While You’re There: Visit one of the beautiful vineyards that surrounds Cheverny, head over to the city of Blois and visit the prestigious Chateau de Blois, or one of its several beautiful cathedrals.

Zurich Marató de Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: March 11, 2018

Highlights of the Course: The Barcelona Marathon is considered to be on one of the most attractive courses in Europe. The course offers an entirely urban circuit that goes through many of the main landmarks in Barcelona. This flat and scenic course will show you just about everything beautiful Barcelona has to offer.

Other Things to Do While You’re There: Barcelona is synonymous with the Mediterranean so if you enjoy sailing, water sports or just prefer to relax on the beach, you will not be disappointed. Barcelona also has a great number of museums, exhibition centers and art galleries that showcase just how rich the cultural life is there.

Sundown Marathon

Location: Kallang, Singapore
Date: May 19, 2018

Highlights of the Course: This fun and energetic marathon kicks off when the sun goes down! The Sundown Marathon has a great course that features a great cityscape of the downtown area. And what could be better than running with the view of the city skyline illuminated at night? The course itself is lit up with multicolored lights throughout, making a truly fun run. You can expect live music along the way, as well as a high-energy dance party at the post race reception area.

Other Things to Do While You’re There: Pay a visit to the beautiful Gardens By The Bay in the heart of Singapore to see amazing garden artistry. While down at the Gardens, wander around the area known as Marina Bay which numerous opportunities for entertainment and tourism!

Rio de Janeiro Marathon

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: June 2, 2018

Highlights of the Course: This marathon is considered to be one of the most picturesque in the world. Placed along Rio’s shoreline, this course has the ocean to your right and the mountains running all along the left. Runners can also see famous neighborhoods like Leblon, Copacabana, Flamengo and Botafogo along the way.

Other Things to do while you’re there: See some of the most beautiful landmarks in the area like the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain or head up to Sugarloaf mountain via cable car.

Big Five Marathon

Location: Lakeside Lodge, South Africa
Date: June 23, 2018

Highlights of the Course: The Big Five Marathon is known for its challenging course. It consists of both dirt and sand tracks, as well as paved roads and pebbly surfaces. While it may be difficult, this course makes up for it by showcasing the natural beauty and wildlife in the savannahs of South Africa.

Other Things to Do While You’re There: Staying in any of the nearby lodges surrounding the course is a great way to explore different activities in the beautiful savannahs. Some of the things you can enjoy at the lodges are stargazing with a qualified ranger or a guided horseback-riding safari through the area.


About The Author

Mary Kate McGuire is writer at Scribewise and a student at Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia and looks for every opportunity to satisfy her travel bug.

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