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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.

Brussels Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    The Brussels Marathon is a flat and fast course that races down the beautiful roads of the capital city of Belgium. Brussels is one of the most famous cities in the EU thanks to its eclectic mix of old-world tradition with hipster modernity. Participants race around the city seeing amazing views like 19th-century mansions and the city center. Thousands of racers come worldwide to run toward the finish line. The Brussels Marathon started in 2004, and it has been running strong ever since. Definitely one to put on your bucket list, there is no shortage of cheerleaders helping you along the path and ready to shake your hand for a job well done! Autumn is one of the best times to visit Belgium as colors are in full swing. So make it your next marathon destination vacation!


Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    A flat and fast course, the Vilnius Marathon is held in the city of Vilnius, Lithuania. The race was begun as far back as 2001, and it continues to be a favorite globally for racing enthusiasts. Not just about the competition of the marathon, the event is an all-out festival that has Lithuanians and foreign spectators alike encouraging the racers as they run the city course. The Vilnius Marathon is currently the fastest growing race in the Baltic's. And with reason, racers absolutely rave about how much fun it is! The route starts in the Cathedral Square, which is in the heart of Vilnius, and considered one of the prettiest cities of the Old Continent. See all the beautiful old-world architecture of the downtown city the best way possible, on foot. Since participation is growing fast, now is a great time to register and start training!


Rome International Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    The Rome Marathon is an international favorite. Participants from around the globe come to see the romantic city of Rome and to race for their personal best. Held in the spring, blossoms are in full swing, and the city is alive with excitement for the race. The event is not just about a race; it is an entire festival to enjoy. The starting line begins at the Colosseum, runs past St. Peter’s Basilica, the Piazza Navona, and then through the old part of the city. Although the course is pretty much a flat and fast route, the seven hills and cobblestone streets present a little extra challenge. For the marathoner looking for their next destination run, the Rome Marathon should definitely be first on the list!


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.

5ª Corrida Portucale

  • Distance?

    15km

  • Why not miss this race?

    Portugal is a hidden gem in southern Europe just off of the Iberian Peninsula that borders Spain. A land known for its tepid weather and beautiful scenery, the 5 Corrida Portugal is a perfect event for someone looking to break into the race circuit or to set a goal and complete it. The 5km is primarily a flat and fast course, but lacks no beauty or awesome sites! If you are looking to bring the whole family, other smaller races are going on at the same time. So it is a perfect destination for everyone! Since participation is limited, if you want to make it this time, pre-register or you might have to wait for the 6 Corrida Portugal next year!



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.

4th Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon

  • Distance?

    13.1 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    The Lviv Half Marathon is a half not to miss. The race course runs through the Ukrainian city of Lviv, which is full of rich historical significance and sites galore. The flat and fast course makes it ideal for a newbie half marathoner looking to get their feet wet, or for the seasoned runner wanting to break their personal best. The Lviv half marathon is a favorite due to the beauty and traditional history of Ukraine’s largest city, which is why participants from all around the globe flock to it every year. If you are looking for your next race destination, this historical epicenter of culture is a definite must! Try your hand at a half and see all the sites the best way possible, on foot.



Marathon of the Cathedrals

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    There is no place more exquisite or beautiful than Barletta, Italy. The Marathon of the Cathedrals has some of the most fantastic views on earth. Not only do participants get to see the old world architecture of the Apulia Romanic Cathedral; they also get a glimpse of the blue and endless sea as they race toward the finish line. The marathon is a destination favorite because the event is only half of the reason why racers attend. The entire city comes alive with food, wine, and celebration. Considered one of the most revered races in Europe, it is definitely one to add to your bucket list. An amazing and scenic flat and fast course, it is perfect for newbie and seasoned marathoner alike.


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.

Tallinn Marathon

  • Distance?

    26.2 miles

  • Why not miss this race?

    The Tallinn Marathon is held in September in Tallinn, Estonia. Estonia is a small country with a long history. Held in this secluded city frozen in time, this fast and flat course will have you racing around town seeing all the amazing old-world architect while locals cheer you on. The race hosts over 5,000 runners who come from around the globe to try their hand at a marathon or to beat their personal best. Estonia is a unique destination with a lot to offer weary travelers and a must to put on your destination marathon bucket list! The perfect weather combined with all the attractions there are to see, make the Tallinn Marathon one to put on your must-do list! And Tallinn is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year, so come and be a part of its heritage and tradition.


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.