For the average recreational runner, the decision to commit to the time, energy and personal sacrifices required to run a marathon is not something that is taken lightly. More than other running distances, the 26.2 miles of the marathon is steeped in history. The marathon is based upon the legend of a Greek soldier who successfully delivered a message of victory from the battlefield at Marathon to the citizens of Athens by running the entire distance. According to the story, the soldier died from exhaustion after accomplishing his mission.
Completing a marathon, even when the stakes are not as high as they were for the Athenian soldier, is a major accomplishment. Once the decision has been made to take up the challenge offered by the distance, the next decision should be the selection of the race location. Marathon running provides the chance for a runner to branch out and explore 26.2 miles of a new city or a new country.
Thoughts of running in a new or exotic location could be just the inspiration a runner needs to get through the long training runs leading up to the big race. Here are five race locations to inspire any runner.