5 U.S. Marathons Worth Traveling For

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5 U.S. Marathons Worth Traveling For

When you get used to running on the same city streets or trails week after week, it’s not always appealing to run a marathon in your own stomping grounds. And since everyone loves and deserves a good vacation, why not make it one where you can have a new running adventure?

It’s no easy task to compile a list of some of the greatest marathons in America, but these 5 American marathons are definitely worth the travels.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: DC

Show off your patriotism and take in the iconic sights of our nation’s capital while running through the streets of the District of Columbia. In addition to seeing the White House, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Libraries, and Lincoln Memorial, you’ll also get the opportunity to explore many of DC’s unique neighborhoods.

Happening in March, you’ll be treated to live bands throughout the entire course, and a post-race concert where you can celebrate your marathon achievements!

Big Sur International Marathon

If you want to see miles and miles’ worth of gorgeous views of the Cali coastline, then this marathon that happens in April is just for you.

The Big Sur International Marathon stretches along the famous scenic Highway One, between Big Sur and Carmel. Between the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the trails through the redwoods, and the epic Bixby Bridge, we figure you’ll be too busy California dreamin’ to realize that you’ve run a whole marathon.

Mayor’s Marathon

Enjoy the summer solstice in June and get away from the big city vibe you may be used to by heading north to participate in Anchorage’s well-known marathon. You’ll get to take in views of Alaska’s natural beauty, surrounded by mountains and water as you traverse trails and streets in and around the city.

Run this race, and you’ll learn why Alaska is known as “Land of the Midnight Sun.”

Anthem Richmond Marathon

The Richmond Marathon easily lives up to its nickname as “America’s Friendliest Marathon.” In addition to all of the smiling faces and bands that cheer you on throughout the course, there are “Party Zones” to boost your energy levels, junk food stations to keep you happy and fueled, and wet washcloth stops to make sure you’re looking great for your finish-line photo ops.

This marathon takes place in November, when temperatures average in the low 60s – prime for running the 26.2 miles to the finish line. The course runs through historic and picturesque downtown Richmond, Virginia, and right across the James River, absolutely making it worth the trip there.

Honolulu Marathon

If you find yourself looking for an excuse every winter to escape the cold and go soak up the sunshine in Hawaii, then you should consider the Honolulu Marathon. At this marathon – the third largest in the nation – you’ll get to run alongside volcano craters and the famous Waikiki Beach.

Although the Honolulu Marathon starts bright and early at 5 a.m. on a December morning, you’ll be thankful, since temperatures quickly climb throughout the morning. Never fear though, because the course includes misting stations for a much-needed refresher once the sun appears.

And don’t forget to check out the luau feast (great for carbo-loading) and concerts that happen a few days before the marathon!

We’d love to know where your favorite marathon takes place! Please share with us in the comments.

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