Marathons have a unique way of bringing people together. It’s as true for spectators as it is for the athletes participating. Any runners with a passion for travel should strongly consider combining the two. Worldwide, there are dozens of marathons that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Here are a few especially noteworthy races taking place in 2019.
The Uganda International Marathon
If you’re searching for a unique running experience, look no further than the Uganda International Marathon. This incredible marathon is not for the faint of heart. The off-road terrain has a decent amount of hills that can be challenging to overcome. Unlike most other marathons, this race takes place over an entire week, beginning on May 26th this year. However, it is a worthwhile commitment. Runners from around the world can experience the spirit of local communities while raising funds for sustainable community projects. It’s also uplifting to run past some of Uganda’s most beautiful landscapes and unforgettable sites.
Maratona di Roma
When in Rome, do as the Romans do and participate in the annual Maratona di Roma. This picturesque marathon starts in front of the Coliseum, which has been standing for over 2,000 years. From there, you’re transported past some of Rome’s most notable sights, including the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Before starting this marathon, you should have realistic expectations about your mile time. Some spots on the route can get crowded, which is bound to slow down even the most determined runners. Running on the cobbled streets can also be difficult for some people, but the terrain is mostly flat. If this is the race for you, be sure to bring your camera and an appetite for pasta on April 7th, 2019!
The Midnight Sun Marathon
During the month of June, Tromsø in Norway experiences constant sunlight. This is a phenomenon known as the midnight sun. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. on June 22, 2019, most runners can expect to return around midnight. Because the Midnight Sun Marathon doesn’t attract the massive crowd of some races in bigger cities, it is a great opportunity to peacefully enjoy the beautiful landscapes while striving toward your PB. You may even meet some friendly locals while taking in the beauty of Norway’s snow-capped mountains. There are some smooth rolling hills, but this course has an overall low difficulty level.
Running a marathon is no small feat, especially when jetlag comes into play. However, running one of these marathons will undoubtedly be an experience you can treasure for years to come.