Travel
    Next Score View the next score

    The List

    5 international marathons

    The Great Wall Marathon is good for those who want to visit the landmark, and who are gluttons for punishment.
    The Great Wall Marathon
    The Great Wall Marathon is good for those who want to visit the landmark, and who are gluttons for punishment.

    If combining a bucket-list-worthy vacation with a marathon interests you, read on.

    1

    GREAT WALL MARATHON

    Tianjin Province, China

    Advertisement

    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.)
    www.great-wall-marathon.com

    2

    Get The Weekender in your inbox:
    The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
    Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

    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).
    www.big-five-marathon.com

    3

    INCA TRAIL MARATHON

    Advertisement

    Cusco, Peru

    Traverse the footpaths the ancient Incas used to commute between Cusco and Machu Picchu (Aug. 15).

    www.andesadventures.com/run2asum.htm

    4

    ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON

    Marathon, Greece

    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

    5

    Advertisement

    ROME MARATHON

    Rome

    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).
    www.maratonadiroma.it

    CAITLIN HURLEY