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<em>North Lake Tahoe, California</em>Thanks to mirror-like Lake Tahoe and High Sierra peaks as a backdrop, the glacier-carved Emerald Bay State Park is <em>the </em>place to run for nature enthusiasts. The course is a manageable 12K (7.5 miles) run that winds through the pine-lined trail all the way to the lake’s Lester Beach cove. <em></em>More From :

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North Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaThanks to mirror-like Lake Tahoe and High Sierra peaks as a backdrop, the glacier-carved Emerald Bay State Park is the place to run for nature enthusiasts. The course is a manageable 12K (7.5 miles) run that winds through the pine-lined trail all the way to the lake’s Lester Beach cove. More From : Close

<em>North Lake Tahoe, California</em>Thanks to mirror-like Lake Tahoe and High Sierra peaks as a backdrop, the... Read More

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Yamhill County, OregonThe countryside route through Willamette Valley includes wineries, orchards and even a sheep, or two. Just before mile 8, keep an eye out for Lemelson Winery—who needs water when there’s a Pinot Gris tasting?More From : Close

<em>Yamhill County, Oregon</em>The countryside route through Willamette Valley includes wineries, orchards and even a... Read More

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Roanoke, VirginiaThe Blue Ridge Parkway running course is not only one of the most scenic—it’s one of the most challenging. Runners ascend two mountains, logging 7,430 feet of total elevation change. The reward: miles and miles of smoky peaks. ()More From : Close

<em>Roanoke, Virginia</em>The Blue Ridge Parkway running course is not only one of the most scenic—it’s one of the... Read More

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Page, ArizonaSerenity is just one of the perks of this race, in which 200 runners traverse the Arizona desert before descending down a ladder to the sculptural Antelope Canyon. Whether you choose to tackle 50 miles or 50 kilometers, get ready for otherworldly slot canyons and panoramic views across Navajo land that includes natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Lake Powell. More From : Close

<em>Page, Arizona</em>Serenity is just one of the perks of this race, in which 200 runners traverse the Arizona... Read More

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Monterey County, CaliforniaThis Monterey County race is the largest rural marathon in the world—winding through majestic redwoods, bucolic ranches and the merciless hills of Highway One. While the climb to Hurricane Point, about halfway through the race, is probably the most challenging leg, once you reach Bixby Bridge you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping cliffs and a Pacific panorama. Don’t gawk too much, you only have six hours to finish—that’s 13:45 minutes-per-mile. ()More From : Close

<em>Monterey County, California</em>This Monterey County race is the largest rural marathon in the world—winding... Read More

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Washington, D.C.Runners participating in this competition (taking place this weekend) get to experience the National Mall enveloped in pink clouds of . You’ll start the race at the Washington Monument then head toward the Memorial Bridge overlooking Arlington Cemetery. The course loops back past the Lincoln Memorial into Potomac Park and along the banks of the Tidal Basin. )More From : Close

<em>Washington, D.C.</em>Runners participating in this competition (taking place this weekend) get to experience the... Read More

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Snowmass, ColoradoThe race, which travels from Snowmass Village to Aspen, takes place at the peak of Colorado’s fall season. You’ll traverse backcountry dirt trails, hilly forests and pastoral meadows for 13.1 miles—all through the glowing Rockies. The single-track mountainside path is challenging, but well worth the wallpaper of golden foliage all around.More From : Close

<em>Snowmass, Colorado</em>The race, which travels from Snowmass Village to Aspen, takes place at the peak of... Read More

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Mount Desert Island, MaineLeave your headphones at home and tune into the serene chiming of bell buoys and lapping waves. As you move along the historic path next to Somes Sound (one section was built more than 100 years ago), you’ll spy Acadia Mountain and a pink-granite-lined fjord—the only one on the Atlantic Coast. This Maine marathon takes place the weekend following Columbus Day when fall foliage peaks and tourists taper off, leaving the island for the runners to roam. More From : Close

<em>Mount Desert Island, Maine</em>Leave your headphones at home and tune into the serene chiming of bell buoys and... Read More

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New York CityThis festive race, which can feel like a 26.2-mile block party, starts in Staten Island and ends in Central Park. More than 50,000 people will run through all five boroughs of New York City, taking in the skylines (and the spirit) of the metropolis. Some would say that crossing the Verrazano Bridge, the iconic starting point of the race, is epic. But the hits keep coming as you make your way through the city: You'll also see historic landmarks like the Chrysler Building, and new additions such as Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.More From : Close

<em>New York City</em>This festive race, which can feel like a 26.2-mile block party, starts in Staten Island and... Read More

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Grand Rapids, MichiganWhile the river view from the historic Sixth Street Bridge is soothing, the real treat is navigating the path through Millennium Park. Michigan’s autumn colors are enhanced as they're reflected in the four lakes along the course. Bonus: Thanks to the flat terrain, almost 20 percent of runners here qualify for the Boston Marathon.More From : Close

<em>Grand Rapids, Michigan</em>While the river view from the historic Sixth Street Bridge is soothing, the real treat... Read More

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