If combining a bucket-list-worthy vacation with a marathon interests you, read on.
GREAT WALL MARATHON
Tianjin Province, China
If visiting the Great Wall is on your to-do list and you’re a glutton for punishment, then this marathon may be for you. (May 18 sold out. Next race May 17, 2014.)
BIG FIVE MARATHON
Entabeni Safari Conservancy, South Africa
This event runs right through game habitat with nothing
separating you from the wildlife — a marathon and a safari in one (June 22).
INCA TRAIL MARATHON
Traverse the footpaths the ancient Incas used to commute between Cusco and Machu Picchu (Aug. 15).
ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON
Run where it all began: The starting gun is fired on an ancient battlefield in the town of Marathon and finishes in Panathinaiko Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 (Nov. 10). www.athensmarathon.com
What better place to start and finish a marathon than the Colosseum? The miles will tick by as you pass St. Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Spanish Steps, winding through narrow streets and along wide boulevards beside the Tiber River (March 23, 2014).