January 13 - Walt Disney World Marathon
The Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna® is the final race of the weekend, where you will complete the most magical 26.2 miles on Earth. The course takes you through all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, starting at Epcot®, continuing on to the Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios before an exhilarating finish back at Epcot®.August 10 - The Sea Wheeze
(isn't their logo just so cute??)
The SeaWheeze isn’t just a run (although that is a big part of it, we admit). It’s a weekend to challenge yourself, to see a cool city (or to love your hometown), to hang out with some of your favourite people (bring friends!), to do yoga and watch the Pacific Ocean rise and fall right in front of you.September 22 - The Maui Marathon
We have built this half-marathon route to be a challenging, fun and beautiful love letter to Vancouver. The course is dynamic and varied; from the Douglas firs and ocean views in Stanley Park to the jet-set seawall of modern False Creek, the SeaWheeze is engineered to showcase the beauty and vibrancy of this young city. The elevations and course are designed to keep you on your toes, with hills to test your resilience and plenty of flat and downhill terrain to bring out your inner speed demon. Come see why the West Coast is the best coast… mountains, beaches and sunsets that could make Hawaii blush.
The Maui Marathon course is undoubtedly one of the most scenic marathon courses in the world. With over 17 miles of oceanfront running on what Conde Nast Traveler Magazine readers voted as “The World’s Best Island,” the Maui Marathon is not just a race, it is a vacation in paradise.October - Nike Women's Marathon
The Nike Women's Marathon, the largest woman's marathon in the world, takes place in San Francisco, California. The Nike Women's Marathon is open to both women and men; however, women clearly dominate at a 12 to 1 ratio. Every detail of the Nike Women's Marathon has been planned with a woman in mind. A Tiffany designed necklace goes to the official finisher, Nike Dri-FIT finisher T-shirts in women's sizes and a lavish three-day interactive Expotique in SF's shopping paradise, Union Square. Expect extraordinary on-course support and entertainment plus a post-race celebration at the finish line including food, music and more.
November 10 - The Athens Marathon
According to legend, the very first marathon in the world appeared on the route where the present day Athens Classic Marathon takes place. In 490 BC a giant Persian army invaded the small town of Marathon near the coast of Greece. However in the Battle of Marathon that ensued, the Greek army defeated the Persians, and a messenger named Pheidippides was sent to Athens to bring news of the victory. The young Greek ran the 42 km from the battlefield to the capital as fast as he could, announced his joyous message, and died. And according to folklore, this is the inspiration for the marathon race we know today.December 7 - The Reggae Marathon
World renowned for its exciting sporting achievements, legendary music and booming tourism, Jamaica has combined all three to host its famous annual Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K in the sleepy fishing village of Negril. Created by the local Jamdammers Running Club, the Reggae marathon livens up this coastal town and combines long-distance running through some stunning surroundings with the entertainment of soulful reggae beats which play along the course to help spur the runners along!
Sighhhh.... maybe I'll do all of these eventually in my lifetime...
Anyone else dream about destination races? Any good one's I should add to this list?