The World Marathon Calendar

For many running enthusiasts the ultimate goal each year is to run a marathon and to beat their previous time. Some people run several marathons a year, and this often involves taking time out for traveling and preparation. Many people plan their annual vacations around the marathon timetable. If you wish to join the marathon vacation club, then here is where you start! Pick a race, book your flights and hotel, and start training. We have added some half marathons also.

Dubai Marathon – January

The Dubai marathon is the first of the year, held in January when the temperature in Dubai is bearable. Like the Dubai Grand Prix, the marathon is considered to be the World’s richest marathon. The route goes past the World’s only 7 Star hotel, the Burj Al Arab, and passes through the Jumeriah Road resorts where the rich and famous party. There is also a 10Km run. All races start and finish outside the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina.

Lisbon Half Marathon – March

The Lisbon Half Marathon is a favourite amongst many Europeans. The course is almost flat making it one of the fastest half marathons in the World. Many people run Lisbon with the aim of running a new personal best. The course also follows the Tagus river. Portugal is very pleasant in March, making it a good warm up for the London Marathon.

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New York City Half Marathon – March

NYRR’s “other” crown jewel event is moving to the spring! The NYC Half-Marathon will take place in 2010 on March 21. Look for the application on December 1.

London Marathon – April

The London Marathon is billed as the biggest marathon in the World. With 36,000 runners and a course through the centre of London, it is one of the most vibrant marathons. The spectators provide huge encouragement to the runners.

US Air Force Marathon – September

The Air Force Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K are held on September.  The Start and Finish Lines are at the National Museum of the United States Air force, 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433.

Loch Ness Scottish Marathon – October

A lot more scenic than the London marathon. The course follows a trail through the rugged Scottish hills along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness and finishes in the Inverness Queens Park Stadium. Look out for Nessy!

New York City Marathon – November

New York is the Worlds largest marathon, beating London by about 4000 runners to reach a total of about 40,000. The marathon passes through the 5 boroughs of New York, starting on Staten Island and finishing in Central Park after passing along Fifth Avenue. There is a bit of a climb in the last few miles, so be warned.


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