If running is more than a New Year’s resolution to you, perhaps 2019 will be the year you take it to the streets in marathons around the world. Here are nine of the best.
Are you resolving to run more in 2019? Well, marathons never go out of style, and pretty much every major city around the world hosts one. So, this year you have no excuse! Take on a new challenge that combines endurance, travel, and fun, and start training today. From Verona to Paris to Barcelona and many, many cities in between, Musement has selected the nine of the most thrilling marathons you should run in 2019.
1.The Dubai Marathon
Due to the mild January climate, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon kicks off the 2018 season on Friday, 25 January. Just like Dubaï, a desert-born city that embodies modernity, the Dubai Marathon is an opportunity to surpass yourself as you’re surrounded by ever-growing projects that are a testament to the UAE’s incredible achievements. We know a marathon requires months of training, so if January is too soon, start training now and run Dubai in 2020.
2. The Venice Marathon
Thought it was impossible to run over water? Well, think again. The 34th Huawei Venice Marathon takes place on Sunday, 29 October, so you’ve got ten months to train. Discover Venice‘s enchanting ambiance–from the squares and prestigious monuments to everything in between–crossing the finish line among the architectural wonders of Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. If you’re planning to spend time in Venice before or after race day, treat yourself to an excursion in the Venetian Lagoon. Discover the islands of Murano and Burano where you can recuperate in the tranquillity of these islets where time seems to have stopped.
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3. The Verona Marathon
If you’re looking for a bit of romance, the Volkswagon Verona Marathon takes place on Sunday, 19 November. Follow in the footsteps of Romeo and Juliet as you run through Verona. If you don’t want to tackle the whole course, sign up to run a half.
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4. The London Marathon
Even though the ballot entry for the Virgin Money London Marathon, taking place on 28 April, is officially closed, this is a good race to start thinking about in case you want to get ahead of the game and train for 2020 as the ballot will open shortly after the 2019 race. See London as you’ve never seen it before as you run over the Thames on the iconic Tower Bridge and cross the finish line near Buckingham Palace.
5.The Rome Marathon
The Rome Marathon also takes place on Sunday, 7 April. Known as the city of seven hills, the Eternal City’s rolling terrain makes for a much more challenging race route than the Lombard capital. Runners start at 8:40 am in front of the Colosseum on Via dei Fori Imperiali to pass through many of Rome‘s iconic sights such as the historic center, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Venezia.
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6. The Barcelona Marathon
The Zurich Barcelona Marathon awaits you! Created in 1978, the race now ranks fourth in Europe and is undoubtedly one of the Catalan capital’s most highly anticipated events, not missing a beat when it comes to keeping both spectators and participants entertained. Numerous objects are distributed throughout the course, allowing family and friends to have fun while cheering on their loved ones! The marathon takes place on Sunday, 10 March, and, if you happen to keep marathon ready year-round, registration is still open. It would be a shame not to take advantage of this event to explore Barcelona and discover the incredible Sagrada Familia or Park Güell.
7. The Chicago Marathon
Even though it takes place on Sunday, 13 October, this is another marathon for which the ballots were drawn at the end of 2018. However, that doesn’t mean that running this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon is impossible as you can sign up to join a charity or even a tour group. Or, like the London marathon, you can plan in advance and keep this one front of mind for 2020. The flat course begins and ends in Grant Park, and lets you see plenty of the Windy City along the way.
8. The Paris Marathon
The 43rd edition of the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon takes place on Sunday, 14 April. Depart from the fabled Champs Elysées to begin a 26-mile route of discovery through the French capital: from the Place de la Bastille to the banks of the Seine to tree-lined passages in the woods of Boulogne and Vincennes. And of course, who could pass up the chance to spend a few days in Paris? Enjoy the many things the City of Light has to offer when you’re in town.
9. The Tokyo Marathon
Another marathon that’s very soon, the Tokyo Marathon is great for those who keep in marathon shape year-round or who want to get a head start on 2020 goals. The thirteenth edition of this epoch-making event will bring together tens of thousands of runners from all over the world. Not only does the marathon give you the opportunity to see Tokyo from a different perspective, but it’s just plain fun. When in Tokyo, do as the race participants do and run disguised as a character of the manga while the crowd cheers “ganbare!”
10. The New York City Marathon
The TCS New York City Marathon–the mother of all marathons!–takes place on Sunday, 3 November. Whether you’re an observer or a spectator, the race day itself and the period leading up to it is exceptional. The already lively streets of New York City become a bustling “26-mile block party”. Enter the lottery for the chance to be one of the 50,000 people running in the city where anything and everything is possible. And who knows….you just might log a new personal best? On Marathon Eve, fuel up on carbs at one of these delicious pasta restaurants.