Historic City Runs

GUIDE TO THE MOST HISTORIC CITY MARATHONS

Most runners have many things in common, among them are fierce competition, the need to challenge themselves to new heights and the desire to see the world all on foot. Literally, strapping on their shoes and seeing all that the world has to offer, is a running enthusiast's dream. Historical city marathons offer the best of all worlds. Not a boring moment in sight, the historical perspective of ancient ruins, cities long since forgotten, or wonders of the world, are all on display while runners make their way to the finish line.

Not only is the marathon itself the goal, but so too is to see things that everyone should before they take their last breath. What marathoners do during these historic marathons is take in the beauty of the world around them, gain lifetime experiences and create memories that will last forever. Traveling the world in a unique way, marathoners who take on the historic place marathon destinations gain so much more than just crossing a finish line.

Volkswagen Prague Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    Around since 1995, although not one of the oldest running marathons by any stretch, it is one of the most popular. Awarded IAAF Gold Label status, runners come from all around the globe to participate in the seventh fastest and voted most beautifully scenic marathons globally. A mostly flat and fast course, marathoners run through the historical downtown city center then down to the river and over seven different bridges to make it to the Old Town Square. Not just about race day, the city comes alive with a weekend full of festivities and family fun.

Beijing international marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    The Beijing International Marathon is one of the most famous marathons in the world. Starting in Tiananmen Square, marathoners make their way through the historic streets of Beijing until they end at the Olympic Village. Seeing the Forbidden City along the way, all of the city comes alive cheering on the runners as they see all the fantastical sights that China has to offer. A once in a lifetime challenge for most running enthusiasts, the participants become a part of history both past and present.

BMW Berlin Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    During the Berlin Marathon, runners make their way through one of the most historically beautiful and significant places on the planet. A favorite in Europe, people come from all around the globe to participate in the marathon. A mostly fast and flat run, the crowd is as contagious as the spirit of competition. Runners make a 26.2-mile loop around the city, seeing such amazing sites as the Brandenburg Gate and other iconic monuments that adorn the Berlin side streets. Historical buffs alongside seasoned athletes get to see some of the most spectacular architectural feats all on foot.

Bagan Temple Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    One of the oldest and historically significant cities to civilization, those who take the challenge to run the Bagan Temple Marathon are never disappointed. Running through central Myanmar, which is home to over 2000 temples and beautiful architectural feats, there is no shortage of culturally rich sites to take in. The mystical landscape is only part of the course as marathoners make their way through unchartered territory. The villagers are friendly, the atmosphere is light hearted, and people from around the world come together to push themselves to new personal heights. Marathoners become a part of history while appreciating the ancient origins displayed around them.

Athens Classic Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    One of the biggest reasons to not miss the Athen Classic Marathon is because it is where the marathon originated. Among the ancient ruins lies one of the most challenging courses including an extreme uphill climb. Ending in the downtown center of the city of Athens, the crowd comes alive cheering the marathoners on in the same manner they probably did centuries ago. An international favorite, people come from all around the globe to make their way through the difficult, yet, life-affirming, course. Runners get a glimpse of the tombs of Athenian soldiers long since gone and other fantastic architecturally brilliant ruins.

Istanbul Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    Located in one of the most beautiful and exotic places on earth, the Istanbul Marathon is in Turkey and draws marathoners from around the world. Mostly a flat and fast course, runners make their way through the ancient sites of the city, crossing over the First Borsophorus Bridge and passing such historic sites as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. For anyone who has ever wanted to catapult themselves back in time, seeing Istanbul from a runner’s unique perspective, the Istanbul Marathon is one not to miss.