Top 10 MarathonsAll around the world, people are getting away just to get away – literally. Vacation has tracked down the Top 10 Marathons in the US, so you can find likeminded souls to run through Central Park, Magic Kingdom, Hawaii beaches, and majestic mountain trails with you. Ready, set, go...!

Boston Marathon

April 19

Since Boston’s so jam-packed with history, it makes sense the world’s oldest marathon would happen here. The Boston Marathon was inspired by the 1896 Summer Olympics, and takes 20,000ish participates through eight towns, up and over the 280-foot high Heartbreak Hill, and drops them off in central Boston’s Back Bay.

Big Sur Marathon

April 25

Dazzling, dramatic, and downright difficult, the Big Sur Marathon sweeps down California’s Pacific coastline, and is an international favorite for its views and challenges.

San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon

June 6

Maybe it’s the great weather, the live bands, or because the finishing line’s at SeaWorld this year – whatever the case, San Diego’s marathon is one of the sunniest and liveliest around.

San Francisco Marathon

July 25

Like to run? Like to sightsee? Well, have we got an idea for you: the San Francisco Marathon. While of course you should try to make good time, don’t pass up the sights – which include the Golden State Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf – too fast!


St George Marathon

October 2

We’re not sure if this is a race or just a great nature tour. That’s what makes the St George Marathon so special. Beginning in the Pine Valley Mountains and descending almost 3,000 feet, the race takes its 7,200 participants through red rock canyons, colorful road-less valleys, and other rare natural features.

Chicago Marathon

October 10

Whether you come for the prize money or just the experience, the Chicago Marathon will fly by before you know it. That’s because it’s a fast race on mostly flat terrain. Records are set and repeatedly broken in this marathon.

Maui Marathon

Sept 27

Not only is it Hawaii’s most historic race, but it could very well be its most beautiful, sporting a beachfront route from Kahului to Kaanapali.

New York City Marathon

November 7

The 40,000 something runners who show up annually for this big city marathon include everyone from pro athletes to celebrities to average Joes. In the same spirit as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square, the New York City Marathon gets a lot of hype and lives up to every ounce it. Join the race from Staten Island’s Verrazano Narrows Bridge to Central Park, or cheer everyone on from Fifth Avenue.

Honolulu Marathon


It’s one of the world’s largest and most scenic races, with views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head motivating runners to catch their second wind.

Walt Disney World Marathon

January 9, 2011

Mickey and Goofy are just about the best running buddies you could ask for, and the 26.2-mile route through Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM) – full of supportive crowds – is nothing short of magical, even if you end up short of the finish line.

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