Now, running is one of the most popular life styles in the world, and you can find more than ten thousands marathons in the world every years. But could you tell me the Best marathons in the world? I think it can be thousands of answers from different marathon runners.

10 Best Marathons in the World – 1. London Marathon, April

Overview

The course begins at three separate points: the ‘red start’ in southern Greenwich Park on Charlton Way, the ‘green start’ in St John’s Park, and the ‘blue start’ on Shooter’s Hill Road. From these points around Blackheath at 35 m (115 ft) above sea level, south of the River Thames, the route heads east through Charlton. The three courses converge after 4.5 km (2.8 miles) in Woolwich, close to the Royal Artillery Barracks. As the runners reach the 10 km mark (6.2-mile), they pass by the Old Royal Naval College and head towards Cutty Sark drydocked in Greenwich. Heading next into Surrey Quays in the Docklands, and out towards Bermondsey, competitors race along Jamaica Road before reaching the half-way point as they cross Tower Bridge.
Running east again along The Highway through Wapping, competitors head up towards Limehouse and into Mudchute on the Isle of Dogs via Westferry Road, before heading into Canary Wharf. As the route leads away from Canary Wharf into Poplar, competitors run west down Poplar High Street back towards Limehouse and on through Commercial Road. They then move back onto The Highway, onto Lower and Upper Thames Streets. Heading into the final leg of the race, competitors pass The Tower of London on Tower Hill. In the penultimate mile along The Embankment, the London Eye comes into view, before the athletes turn right into Birdcage Walk to complete the final 352 m (385 yards), catching the sights of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, and finishing in The Mall alongside St. James’s Palace. This final section of the route formed part of the 2012 Olympic Marathon Course.

Highlights

The first half of the route runs just south of the Thames through Greenwich and Blackheath. After crossing the river on Tower Bridge, runners pass some of the capital’s famous landmarks, including the Coca Cola London Eye and the Tower of London, before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace. Other sites found along the route are Old Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark drydocked, Canary Wharf,  Big Ben and James’s Palace.

Virgin Money London Marathon Route Map

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Start:
Three stars: Greenwich Park, St John’s Park, and Shooter’s Hill Road
London, GB
Finish:
James Palace
London, GB

Distances

VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON
42.195km

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10 Best Marathons in the World – 2. Berlin Marathon, September

Overview

One of the most endearing marathons around the world started over half a century ago. The Berlin Marathon is not only one of the largest, but it is also one of the most famous across the globe. Participants from over 107 countries, there are tens of thousands of racers, and officiants tout more than a million spectators.Racing through Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column, the BMW Berlin Marathon is one of the Big-5 marathons that make up the World Marathon Major series.
Pulling people from around the world, it is one of the most loved races due to its flat, looping course, tepid weather and enthusiastic onlookers. Over seven world records have been broken along this infamous loop, which is what makes it that much more excitement-filled.More than just a marathon, the whole city comes alive with more than 70 bands and a festival that pulls from the neighboring countries just for a glimpse of the action. The highlight of the festival is when runners make their way around Brandenburg Gate directly past the grandstand on their last 400 meters as the crowd cheers them on.Although an excellent course for beginner through advanced, the BMW Berlin Marathon’s flat nature makes it ideal for those looking to get their feet wet. An excellent way to see the city, even seasoned marathoners will be awed by the spectacular nature of this grand historical race. See Reichstag, BerlinerDom, Brandenburg and Potsdamer Platz in the most dramatic way possible, all from a runner’s perspective.

Highlights

As a runner you will pass by some of Berlins’ most popular sights: Siegessaule, Bundeskanzleramt, Reichtag, Fernsehturm, Rathaus Schoneberg, Rheinbabenallee, Tauentzienstr, Philharmonie, Konzerthaus, Staatsoper, Berliner Dom and Brandenburger Tor.

Berlin Marathon Route Map

BERLIN MARATHON ROUTE MAP_

Start:
Brandenburger Tor Berlin,de

Diffuculty

flat

Distances

BERLIN MARATHON
42.195km

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10 Best Marathons in the World – 3. New York City Marathon, November

Overview

The marathon race begins on Staten Island, in Fort Wadsworth, near the approach to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. After descending the bridge, the course winds through Brooklyn, mostly along Fourth Avenue and Bedford Avenue, for approximately the next 11 miles (18 km). Runners pass through a variety of neighborhoods, including: Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint.At 13.1 miles (21.1 km), runners cross the Pulaski Bridge, marking the halfway point of the race and the entrance into Long Island City, Queens.
After about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) in Queens, runners cross the East River via the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan. It is at this point in the race when many runners begin to tire, as the climb up the bridge is considered one of the most difficult points in the marathon.Reaching Manhattan after about 16 miles (26 km), the race proceeds north on First Avenue, then crosses briefly into The Bronx via the Willis Avenue Bridge for a mile before returning into Manhattan via the Madison Avenue Bridge. It then proceeds south through Harlem down Fifth Avenue and into Central Park. At the southern end of the park, the race proceeds across Central Park South, where thousands of spectators cheer runners on during the last mile. At Columbus Circle, the race re-enters the park and finishes outside Tavern on the Green.

Highlights

  • Prospect Park
  • Queensboro Bridge
  • Bridge
  • Willis Street Bridge
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
  • Central Park

TCS New York City Marathon Route Map

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Start:
Staten Island, New York, USA
Finish:
Tavern on the Green in Central Park, New York, USA

Distances

TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON
42.195km

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10 Best Marathons in the World – 4. Chicago Marathon, October

Overview

The Chicago Marathon, officially called the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, is the pinnacle event for novice to elite runners. Participants from over 50 states and more than 100 various countries pack themselves into Grant Park to take part in both the marathon event and the spectacular celebration. Chicago, a city like no other, is a big city with an even bigger heart. One of the most beloved marathons around the world, people from around the globe compete to race around the downtown center and to get a glimpse of Lake Michigan and the city skyline.
Considered a flat and fast course; it is one of the big-5 marathons that comprise the Wold Marathon Majors series. Starting with just 4,200 runners when it began in 1977, it has grown to over 45,000 in just a little over three decades. The Midwestern spectators are something that makes this marathon amazing, as is the excitement in the air of the city, which comes alive to cheer marathoners to the finish line

Highlights

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its fast and flat course through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. The course offers a scenic tour of Chicago and its lively neighborhoods, as well as a convenient start and finish in beautiful Grant Park.
Elite athletes and amateurs alike annually target the race for its potential to generate personal, national and world records. The fast Chicago Marathon route has been a scene of as many as four world records.

Chicago Marathon Route Map

CHICAGO MARATHON ROUTE MAP 2019_

Start:
Grant Park, Chicago, USA

Difficulty

flat

Distances

BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON
42.195km

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10 Best Marathons in the World – 5. Boston Marathon, April

Overview

Boston is the world’s oldest marathon, steeped in tradition and history, with fabulous crowd support, a top-class elite field and a surprisingly quick point-to-point course. Sadly it’s also a marathon that the majority of runners will never experience because of its strict qualifying standards. That certainly doesn’t stop people trying, since the effort of qualifying and the exclusivity of the race are undoubtably part of its allure. If you have the talent, this is a marathon you really have to run, and a marathon you will definitely remember.

Highlights

As runners journey through this scenic route, they will stumble upon sites such as: The Hopkinton State Park, Stylianos Kyriakides Statue, Ashland Clock Tower, Framingham Train Depot, Lake Cochituate, Wellesley College, Woodland Country Club, Johnny Kelley Statue, Boston College, Chestnut Hill Resevoir, Coolidge Corner and The Logan International Airport.

B.A.A. Boston Marathon Route Map

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Start:
Rural New England town Hopkinton, Boston, USA
Finish:
Boylston Street in Boston, MA.

Distances

B.A.A. Boston Marathon
42.195Km

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10 Best Marathons in the World – 6. Stockholm Marathon, June

Overview

It is basically a two-lap course through the central parts of Stockholm. The surroundings vary from the woods of the Royal park “Djurgården” to the streets of a big city. The course passes buildings such as the Royal Palace, the City Hall, the Royal Opera and the Houses of Parliament. The course is one of the most scenic in the world.
Much of the race is run along beautiful waterways. When passing the “Västerbron” bridge, the runners will enjoy a fantastic view over a city with buildings ranging in age from the medieval times to the present day. The difference in altitude between the highest and the lowest point of the course is 29 meters.
Start just outside the Olympic Stadium and finish inside the beautiful arena. The first lap is 16.6 kilometers, the second lap 25.6 kilometers.

Highlights

The course passes buildings such as the Royal Palace, the City Hall, the Royal Opera, Västerbron bridge and the Houses of Parliament. The course is one of the most scenic in the world.

ASICS Stockholm Marathon Route Map

ASICS STOCKHOLM MARATHON ROUTE MAP

Start:
Lidingovagen, Lidingövägen, Stockholm, Sverige
Finish:
Olympiastadion, Lidingövägen, Stockholm, Svezia

Difficulty

rolling

Distances

ASICS STOCKHOLM MARATHON
42.195km

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10 Best Marathons in the World – 7. Rotterdam Marathon, April

Overview

The NN Marathon Rotherdam has been the biggest one-day sporting event in the Netherlands for many years in a row with over 35000 athletes professionals inclusive. The world’s top athletes will at the start on the bustling coolsingel,alongside thousands of other runners who will also triumph,each in their own way.The marathon weekend is a wonderful blend of top sport and festival.
No other marathon in Netherlands can match the atmosphere in Rotterdam, 925,000 spectators along the course make party complete.The idea of an international marathon in Rotterdam originated in 1980. On 17 May of that year the Rotterdam Athletic Union PAC organised the national 25-kilometer championship to commemorate its 85th anniversary.The course, which was financially supported by the magazine Het Leven, went from the Nenijto-sintelbaan to Nieuwerkerk aan de Ijssel and back. In 1937 the race was considered to be the national championship.

Highlights

Rotterdam is a city you have to experience yourself. It is a young, dynamic, international city with a passionately beating city heart. Rotterdam is simply bursting with architecture, design, art and culture, but also has a wide and varied range of shops, attractions, festivals, restaurants and parks.

NN Marathon Rotterdam Route Map

NN MARATHON ROTTERDAM ROUTE MAP_2019

Start:
Coolsingel. Rotterdam, nl

Distances

NN MARATHON ROTTERDAM
42.195km

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10 Best Marathons in the World – 8. Paris Marathon, April

Overview

The race starts on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées going downhill to circle round the Place de la Concorde before turning right onto Rue de Rivoli. The route passes the Louvre, then goes round the Place de la Bastille, and down Boulevard Soult to the Bois de Vincennes. A long loop of the Bois de Vincennes returns the route into the heart of Paris. The halfway point is reached at Rue de Charenton. The route now follows the course of the Seine, passing Île de la Cité and going under the Pont Neuf, then a series of tunnels. There is a large drinks station and foot massage at Trocadéro, opposite the Eiffel Tower. The route continues along the Seine, before branching off east to eventually pass though Bois de Boulogne, emerging for the final 200 metres and the finish on the Avenue Foch.

Highlights

The marathon itself combines personal challenge with the chance to discover one of the world’s great cities. The athletes will pound the pavements of the French capital’s most famous avenues and plazas, from the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, where they take the start, towards the Place de la Concorde. From the Rue de Rivoli they’ll then sweep through the Place de la Bastille. After a glimpse of greenery in the Bois de Vincennes, views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower point the way home.

Schneider Electric Paris Marathon Route Map

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Start:
At the top of the Champs Elysées, 156 Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, Frankrike
Finish:
At the bottom of Avenue Foch, 81 Avenue Foch, 75116 Paris, Frankrike

Difficulty

flat

Distances

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC MARATHON DE PARIS
42.195km

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10 Best Marathons in the World – 9. Honolulu Marathon, December

Overview

The Honolulu Marathon starts on Ala Moana Boulevard, which in Hawaiian means “path by the ocean.” This phrase is an appropriate description for the entire race course. At the Starting Line is Ala Moana Beach Park, a local recreation area encompassing over 100 acres of park, beaches, swimming and surfing spots.
The second mile of the course runs through downtown along Honolulu Harbor and the historic Aloha Tower, a ten- story clock tower which was the tallest building in Hawaii when it was erected in 1926. Runners turn right into Chinatown and proceed through Downtown Honolulu on South King Street. This historic stretch of the course passes Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil; the gilded statue of King Kamehameha; Kawaiahao Church, built with coral blocks from nearby reefs; Honolulu Hale, city hall; and Mission Houses Museum.
The race forks right onto Kapiolani Boulevard through urban Honolulu and in the fourth mile turns right down Piikoi Street. The course returns to Ala Moana Boulevard, this time passing Ala Moana Center, a huge, open-air mall with more than 250 stores. The bridge spanning the Ala Wai Canal marks the entrance to Waikiki. The Ala Wai Canal is a favorite training area for outrigger canoe paddlers and the Ala Wai Harbor hosts international yachting competitions.
Mile five races through the concrete jungle of Waikiki high-rise hotels and condominiums, by the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the U.S. Army’s Fort DeRussy. The course turns right onto Kalakaua Avenue lined with shops offering everything from tacky souvenirs and t-shirts to high- priced designer merchandise. Just past the Sheraton Moana Surfrider, Waikiki’s oldest hotel built in 1901, is a spectacular ocean view: world-famous Waikiki Beach. Tourists, beach boys, sunbathers, and surfers flock to this stretch of white sand, often crowding around the statue of Duke Kahanamoku, a renowned surfer and Olympic gold medalist.
Near the sixth mile, the course forks to the left onto Monsarrat Avenue, around the Honolulu Zoo and past the Waikiki Shell. Runners turn right onto Paki Avenue which threads around Kapiolani Park, Hawaii’s first public park. As the course nears Diamond Head, an extinct volcanic crater 760-feet high, there are some short, uphill grades and breathtaking views of Oahu’s east coastline. The route circles the crater to the left on Diamond Head Road, then turns right onto 18th Avenue.
The race turns right onto Kilauea Avenue in the tenth mile, passing through residential and commercial areas of Kahala then merges into Kalanianaole Highway. The coastal route continues for four miles through the bedroom communities of Waialae Iki, Aina Haina, and Niu Valley. This suburban area of Honolulu is comprised of hillside communities with side roads that curve steeply up the mountains. The expensive homes, often perched precariously on cliffs, provide panoramic views of the ocean far below.
In the sixteenth mile, runners turn left onto Hawaii Kai Drive into a valley community created by and named for billionaire industrialist Henry J. Kaiser. The course through residential Hawaii Kai loops around an inland waterway. Looming ahead is Koko Head, a volcanic crater eroded on one side by the ocean into the popular snorkel spot, Hanauma Bay. The course turns right back onto Kalanianiole Highway at Maunalua Bay Beach Park, a popular spot for parasailing and outrigger canoes.
For the next four miles, runners double back along Kalanianaole Highway passing Kawaikui and Wailupe beach parks. At mile 22, the course turns left onto Kealaolu Avenue along the Waialae Country Club where the Hawaiian Open PGA Golf Tournament is held. At the road’s end, the route turns right onto Kahala Avenue, a neighborhood of luxury homes fronting Kahala Beach and Black Point. Kahala Avenue merges into Diamond Head Road at mile 24, circling back around Diamond Head crater.
As the last mile of the course curves around Diamond Head toward the finish in Waikiki, the route passes Cliffs, a popular surfing spot, and the Diamond Head Lighthouse. At the tip of Kapiolani Park, runners fork onto Kalakaua Avenue. The last stretch of the race runs along the park past Sans Souci Beach and the Waikiki Aquarium to the Finish Line near the Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

Highlights

Before reaching Kapiolani Park, runners have passed several famous Hawaiian landmarks such as Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the US. And also the statue of surfing hero Duke Kahanamoku on surfing heaven Waikiki Beach and Kawaiahao Church, built with coral blocks from nearby reefs.

Honolulu Marathon Route Map

HONOLULU MARATHON ROUTE MAP_2019

Start:
Ala Moana Boulevard, Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI, United States
Finish:
Kapiolani Park, Kapiolani Park Beach, Honolulu, HI, United States

Difficulty

Flat

Distances

HONOLULU MARATHON
42.195km

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10 Best Marathons in the World – 10. Amsterdam Marathon, October

Overview

Gold labeled, Amsterdam marathon is a beautiful city marathon with thousands for participants yearly.There are five events scheduled on the day of the race: the marathon, the Mizuno Half Marathon, the TCS 8 K run, the Skylanders Kids Run and the Mini Marathon. The first TCS Amsterdam Marathon as we know it today was held on 3 May 1975. The marathon remained on Dam square until 1989. Amsterdam’s new start and finish venue became Museumplein. Via the newly-constructed Amsterdam ArenA, the Amsterdam marathon finally returned to its former venue, the Olympic Stadium
The route is packed with things worth seeing in Amsterdam. As such, you pass the world famous Rijks Museum on the Museumplein twice and you also run past the Museum of the Tropics and the Amstel Hotel. And along the way the enthusiastic residents of Amsterdam cheer you on. The Vondel Park is also part of the course. In the full marathon Amsterdam’s largest public park is first approached from the Amstelveenseweg. The second time you come from the opposite direction and enter the park from the Leidseplein side. The 48-hectare park, full of flowers, ponds, footpaths and playgrounds is a favourite among Amsterdammers.

Highlights

Tourist highlights
The course leads the participants through Amsterdam’s city centre and passes many highlights, which would also be worth a separate sightseeing tour. Some of the most attractive sights are the:
Olympic Stadium
The start and finish of the marathon take place in front of the grandstand in the Olympic Stadium. This splendidly renovated, over 85-year-old stadium will leave a memorable impression at the end of the race. Supporters and other spectators have free access to the grandstand and the bleachers.
Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam Marathon will lead marathon runners through the heart of the Rijksmuseum, the famous passage which connects Amsterdam city centre with the south of Amsterdam. This promises to be a unique experience for the many thousands of entrants from the Netherlands and other countries. The monumental building contains some of the most world famous works of art by celebrated Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Vermeer. The museum has recently reopened following a complete renovation.
Vondelpark
The largest public park in Amsterdam has an entrance at the side of the Leidseplein. The 48-hectare park is full of trees, ponds, paths and playing fields and is dearly loved by every resident of the city. On sunny days, thousands of Amsterdam residents enjoy the park. Everyone can be found there, from sport fanatics to the health conscience to music lovers, occupied in their different ways. The variety of activities makes wandering through the Vondelpark especially fascinating in the autumn. During the marathon the runners will cross the Vondelpark twice.
Amstel River
The route of the marathon follows part of the Olympic route along the Amstel River, past stately mansions and several windmills. This rural part of the course has splendid panoramic views and gives an impression of the busy activity dominating the Amstel every day. In the distance the Arena is visible–the home stadium of the local Ajax football team. The meandering route along the Amstel is not only interesting for its range of scenery but also for—more importantly—the sight of other participants running on the other side.

TCS Amsterdam Marathon Route Map

TCS AMSTERDAM MARATHON ROUTE MAP_2019

Start:
Olympic Stadium, Olympisch Stadion 22, 1076 DE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Difficulty

Rolling

Distances

TCS AMSTERDAM MARATHON
42.195km

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