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Explore: 5 Bucket List Marathons

What are the most amazing marathons you’ve completed? We take a look at some of the most incredible marathon challenges around the world…

Inca Trail Marathon – Peru

Running in the heart of the Andes and seeing Machu Picchu has to be one of the most stunning marathons on the planet.

Sometimes referred to as the toughest marathon in the world, and the most stunning in South America, the Inca Trail Marathon is a hard trail with a number of steep sections. The surface is mainly Inca-paved stone with some dirt sections and a few rocky places where runners need to take care.

Runners start from near the Llactapata Inca ruins, in which the first half of the race is a relatively moderate and steady climb, but this is followed by a very steep climb to Warmiwanusqa (Dead Woman’s Pass). The steep climb is more than compensated by amazing views including scenic waterfalls and after Warmiwanusqa, the route is mainly downhill with some brief uphill sections, ultimately arriving at the finish line at the amazing Machu Picchu – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

This year it takes place on June 16th, 2023 in temperatures expected to range from 5C to 25C. Find out more by clicking here

Midnight Sun Marathon

At a time where the sun doesn’t set, run a marathon under the Midnight Sun!

More than 6000 participants from all over the world gather in the streets of Tromsø, Norway to join the event.

There are five different distances to choose from; Marathon (42.2km), Half Marathon (21.1km), Coop Mila (10km), Mini-marathon (4.2km) and a Kids Race (800m). The races are open for all and the day becomes a festival in the town as many locals gather along the streets of Tromsø to cheer the runners.

The Arctic capital Tromsø is located at 69 degrees north, about 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, and most of the city is situated on a small island surrounded by the sea and stunning mountains. This part of the world and northern Norway is full of incredible scenery, providing intense running experiences for visitors.

With the sun never setting below the horizon during summer, running under the Midnight Sun is truly a bucket list opportunity.

The event takes place on June 17th, 2023 and you can find out more by clicking here. 

Jungfrau Marathon

Just 4000 people get to take on this 42.195km annual event, at an altitude of 1953m.

With breathtakingly beautiful landscape along the entire course, the Jungfrau Marathon has runners and spectators marvelling at its beauty.

The start in Interlaken reveals a clue as to where the journey will end. A glimpse of the Jungfrau, one of the iconic Alpine trio of peaks besides the Mönch and Eiger, sets the course.

The marathon leads through constantly-changing scenery including the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz, through traditional mountain villages and a picturesque mountain backdrop.

That’s not all either – there’s a fantastic atmosphere along the entire route, featuring flag throwers, alphorn players and bell ringers, making this a wonderful event.

This year the Jungfrau Marathon takes place on September 9th, 2023 and you can find out more by clicking here

North Pole Marathon

A running experience of a lifetime, on April 10th, you could make history as a new breed of Arctic adventurer.

By competing in The North Pole Marathon®, also known as the World’s Coolest Marathon®, you can become one of a select few to race at the top of the world – at the Geographic North Pole.

In one of the remotest parts of the planet, overcoming sub-zero temperatures to finish 42.195km (26.2 miles), you will feel on top of the world when you manage to overcome the extreme conditions. Find out more by clicking here

Great Wall Marathon

Since the first event in 1999, the Great Wall Marathon is considered by many as one of the world’s most challenging marathons. 5,164 steps into history!

Run the most demanding marathon of your life along one of mankind’s greatest monuments.

Despite the tough course on the iconic Great Wall of China, runners are rewarded by breathtaking surroundings and views.

When the route makes its way through the lower valley and into villages, onlookers will be cheering and the festive atmosphere is a real boost to runners.

The event has been cancelled in 2023 due to Chinese border controls and permissions to organise international events – but will be returning on 18th May, 2024. To find out more click here.

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