Marathons have become something of an international favourite when it comes to competitive sport. A part of their popularity is due to the fact that many marathons are open for anyone to participate, which removes the bar of entry that so many other kinds of competitive sports tend to suffer from.
This means that there are hundreds of thousands of marathon runners from across the world, taking part in a variety of different events. Here we will take a look at some of the most popular marathon events from across the globe, and what they consist of.
Uganda International Marathon
This is not just a regular marathon and is aimed at those that have as much endurance as they can possibly muster. The event take place over the course of a week, and it sees the runners having to run past villages and along the side of the famous Lake Victoria. One of the biggest challenges that participants have to deal with is the heat, which can become almost unbearable in the middle of the day.
The event is often used to help raise funds for the local people, and to help provide community projects with the money that they need to keep going. While it’s not the most difficult marathon around, it’s still fairly tough and aimed at seasoned runners.
Antarctic Ice Marathon
The Antarctic Ice Marathon is widely considered to be one of the toughest marathons of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. Set almost 300 kilometres from the South Pole, participants will need to wear goggles constantly throughout the event in order to see what they are doing.
Along with that, insulated clothing is a necessary, as temperatures can frequently drop well below freezing, and without proper shelter, the winds are strong enough to even kill. It’s an extreme event that only the most seasoned marathon runners should think of trying their hand at, especially considering that it has a length of 100 kilometres.
The Great Wall Marathon
The Great Wall Marathon takes place along the famous Great Wall of China, and while it might not see so bad on paper, it’s a fairly gruelling event that means having to constantly climb sharp inclines throughout, which is why only the most well-trained athletes take part in this event. With more than 5000 steps that will need to be climbed, the Great Wall Marathon is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes it’s just easier to watch the event at home while also enjoying the latest favourite slots games in Dubai.
Virgin Money London Marathon
This marathon has become a tradition within the city of London, and it makes for an exciting atmosphere, both for watchers and those that are taking part in the event. It’s a flat route that’s considered to be one of the easier marathons around, although participants should still take the time to train properly before entering their names.