This is a list of marathons that I would love love love to run in the future. I consider this my running bucket list!
Maratona di Roma
Go big, or go home right? One of my goals is to run an international race! There are so many events I would love to participate in (if I ever get in to the London Marathon I am soo there!). However, if I had to choose only one to do in my lifetime, I would pick the Maratona di Roma. Reviews of this race are mixed at times, but none the less positive. My reasoning for wanting to travel all the way to Italy to run 26.2 miles..er..42.195 km: I’ve sadly never had the opportunity to travel anywhere outside of the United States, and I want to visit Rome more than any other place. What could be more amazing than crossing a finish line at the Colosseum!? The movie Spirit of the Marathon II follows athletes running this race, so I will definitely have to watch it!
New York City Marathon
New York City is the ultimate big-city in the United States, and naturally hosts the ultimate running event in the US-and possible the world! What runner doesn’t dream of racing through the streets of New York with 2 million spectators to cheer you on? I entered the lottery this year but was unsuccessful. After 3 attempts you are granted automatic entry, so as long as I keep applying this will be a reality someday soon! Running for charity is a great opportunity too, so I’m keeping that in mind as well.
This is obviously a qualifying race and I am nowhere near ready, but that doesn’t mean I should rule out the Boston Marathon! Runners will train for years to earn their spot in this race; it would feel like such an accomplishment to be amongst those people!
I know I’ve already named my dream “international” race; perhaps I should have said “overseas” race-I really want to run the Vancouver Marathon! This is a non-US race as well; it’s just that I could drive there in a half of a day so it feels a little less..far-far-away. But that doesn’t lessen the experience! Vancouver looks so beautiful, and I would love to use this race as an excuse to road-trip and see Canada! Forbes also included this event as one of the top ten destination marathons in the world worth traveling for. I’m sold!
Seattle is one of my favorite cities, so naturally I want to run the Seattle Marathon! It’s smaller for a major-city race but the course reviews are hands-down one of the best. The route is hilly and challenging, but I’ve read that it is absolutely beautiful and there is never a dull moment. At one point you even run over a floating bridge-sounds exciting to me!
This list will continue to grow with time, but for now these are my top 5 dream races! There are many others I look forward to participating in, but I hope one day to cross some of these off my list! All of the picture I used can be found on wikimedia commons..someday I will have my own to share 🙂