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Top half marathons surrounded by stunning scenery across the world

07 May, 2019 • by Admin

Volcanic peaks, rain forest, pristine beaches,highly-Insragrammable, historic places, you name it.

At 13.1 miles, a half marathon is the perfect introduction into the world of long-distance running. And, it’s also the perfect excuse to go off and explore a new corner of the globe. Because if you’re going to force yourself to wheeze and sweat for two hours or so, you may as well be surrounded by stunning scenery

Jerusalem Half Marathon, Israel

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The Jerusalem Marathon is an annual marathon running event held in Jerusalem during the month of March. The course begins at Israel's parliament, passes through Mount Scopus and the Old City, and finishes at Sacher Park. The course record in the men's category was set in 2014 by Kenyan runner Ronald Kimeli Kurgat, and the course record in the women's category was set in 2016 by Kenyan runner Joan Jepchirchir Kigen.

It may be the most difficult road race, always up and down. Some slopes are really steep. Organization was good. The pasta party before the race day was great. There were a lot to eat. On race day, they gave out a plastic bag and sticker on the spot for luggage storage. To facilitate matter, I think this can be done during the race kit pickup.

Kauai Half Marathon, Hawaii

Kauai Half Marathon

The Kauai Half Marathon begins in Poipu, the world-class resort community at the sunny southern end of the island, with routes sharing the first 11 miles. The courses follow the contour of the scenic coastline, offering magnificent views of the island’s picturesque beaches, rugged volcanic peaks, and green tropical rain forests.

As dawn breaks, runners experience lush green vistas as they approach the shade of the century-old Tunnel of Trees before winding through misty Omao where the half marathoners enter Kukui’ula Resort offering spectacular ocean views for the last few miles.

The ideal marathon is supposed to be challenging, scenic, organized and well supported. And it might not hurt too if it is on a tropical island. The Kauai Marathon delivers all that with spades.

Sarajevo Half Marathon, Sarajevo

Sarajevo Half Marathon

The Sarajevo Half Marathon is a 21.6 kilometres (13.4 mi) fast and flat street race, going through the most beautiful part of the city. It starts in front of the Olympic Hall Zetra. There are refreshment stations every 4 km and medical service are provided. The organizers offer T-shirts, medals, and a new route each year in order to create interest and to ensure good participation. Nearly 900 runners from 30 countries took part in the 2010 event. Fast and flat, leads you through the most beautiful parts of Sarajevo.

Athens Half Marathon, Greece

Athens Half Marathon

The Athens Half Marathon is one of the most difficult and yet beautiful HM in Europe... The route starts and finishes in front of the majestic Greek Parliament where the famous Greek Guards (Evzones) stand tall, still and proud! It follows main streets and highways of central Athens and gives you a perfect view of what urban Athens looks like... The street strictly asphalt with some major inclinations throughout the route and surely it is not the ideal race for your new PB

Safari Half Marathon, South Africa

Safari Half Marathon

The Safari Half Marathon starts in Wellington before heading out into the bush. Heat, sun and competitors make it a challenging one, as does the (slim) possibility of encountering a lion en route. With mountains, plains and savannah as a backdrop, there’s no better way to get into the spirit of Africa

Bagan Temple Half Marathon, Myanmar

Bagan Temple Half Marathon

The Bagan Temple Half Marathon is tucked away in central Myanmar and home to more than 2,000 temples, Bagan’s beauty and historical significance is unsurpassed. Sacred pagodas and beautiful temples are scattered across the plains of Bagan creating a mystical, striking landscape. The marathon course will take runners on a voyage of discovery into this alluring and untouched land.

One of Myanmar’s main attractions, this is a temple town. The area known as Bagan (ပုဂ) or, bureaucratically, as the ‘Bagan Archaeological Zone’, occupies an impressive 26-sq-mile area, 118 miles south of Mandalay and 429 miles north of Yangon. The Ayeyarwady River drifts past its northern and western sides.

Royal Parks Half Marathon, London

Royal Parks Half Marathon

The Royal Parks Half Marathon first held in 2008, takes place each October, starting and finishing in Hyde Park. It is the only Half-Marathon that travels through central London and four of the Royal Parks and is one of London's largest half-marathons with over 16,000 participants

The route starts and ends in Hyde Park and travels through and past many of central London's famous landmarks on closed roads. It also takes in four of the eight Royal Parks in London, namely Hyde Park, The Green Park, St. James's Park and Kensington Gardens

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