3 Absolutely INSANE Marathons!

August 12, 2014

3 Absolutely INSANE Marathons!

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I’ve done Mile Runs, raced in 5k’s, 10k’s, a couple half-marathons...

And that’s about it.

Frankly, I’d rather ride my bike 100 miles than run 5 miles.

But if I did run a marathon, I'd want you to do it with me. Because who wants to run 26.2 miles alone?!?

Let's choose from 1 of these 3:

1. Great Wall Marathon

Since its inception in 1999, the Great Wall Marathon has become revered as one of the world's most challenging marathons.

The field has grown steadily to, this year, a sold-out event with 2,500 runners from over 60 nations participating.

We might not have to do the full marathon as the event offers three distances:

• marathon,
• half marathon and
• a 8.5km Fun Run

(Not that I’d personally find anything “Fun” about an 8.5km run!)

Perhaps running along the only man-made object that can be seen from space isn’t your cup of (green) tea? Not mine, either.

Perhaps, then, we get a little... cooler...

2. Polar Circle Marathon

Advertised as the “coolest marathon on earth”, this bad boy takes place in Greenland.

Yup, Greenland.

This race takes place in late October and is Kangerlussaq, Greenland’s finest fall (fall?) attraction! HA!

According to their site:

The endless ice and arctic tundra of this vast country make up the backdrop of this unusual race., in which runners pass glacier tongues, moraine landscapes and the soundless, arctic desert. This is a rare opportunity to visit one of the most remote corners of the world combined with a challenging running event.

Ya don’t say.

Good news for me/us... there’s a half-marathon course option, too.

In case my fingers start falling off around Mile 10.

Perhaps bitterly cold isn’t what we’re looking for. Well, there’s always the other extreme:

3. Petra Desert Marathon

“challenging desert run in historic settings” this 26.2 miles of fun-fun-fun will take us through the lands of this ancient, truly magnificent city.

The air is, well, arid.

The course will remind us more of the surface of the moon than anything more recognizable.

Tho I do hear the people of Petra (Jordan) are particularly hospitable!

And, yet again, for non-run-loving people like me, there’s a 13.1 half-marathon option as well. WOO HOO!

I figure if you’re gonna go for a run, why not make it a full marathon, and why not travel a different corner of the earth to do it?!?

Who’s in???

Learn more about these races, and others, here!

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