Many marathons are held all around the world and people not only run marathons in their own cities or countries. They travel across countries to run their favourite ones and try out new ones. Marathons are physically and psychologically challenging.
You need to dig in deep in your physical and mental reserves to prepare for the marathon and finally run one. Then there are parameters to measure – time taken, completion status, physical state post marathon etc. It is definitely a blessing if the course inspires the runner.
Here is a list of five marathons that will definitely push you to give your best.
#1 Big 5 Marathon, South Africa – The Wild Marathon
Why – It takes place in the Entabeni Game Reserve in South Africa. It is is a challenging race. You run through dirt roads, uneven surfaces and steep slopes.
But the course is breathtaking as it traverses through the South African Savannah and you can be in close quarters with the Big five – elephants, buffaloes, leopards, lions and rhinoceroses and other wildlife such as zebras and giraffes.
So, you run a marathon and also go on a safari! The marathon is safe as long as you stick to the route which is closely watched by helicopters and armed rangers.