Online Extra: Marathons Around the World

From Easter Island and Kenya to Athens and the Big Apple, you'll find plenty of races to choose from. Here's a sampling

Runners now have a world of opportunity for marathoning. But do your homework in advance, and be sure to check out the sometimes-finicky requirements for each race via their Web sites or outfits such as In France, for instance, you'll need a doctor's note attesting that you're healthy enough to run, and you can register only by mail or through tour operators. In London, running for a charity is all the rage, though not mandatory. Most places do let you sign up online, but make sure to plan well in advance, or you could be shut out of a popular run. You'll likely need time to train at home anyway. Enjoy the adventure.

TRIESTE: Maratona d'Europa, 5/8/05.

800 entrants.

The flat, fast course starts and ends in Trieste's lovely Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia. Runs across the city, along the Canale di Ponte Rosso and the Riviera of Barcola.

GREAT WALL OF CHINA: The Great Wall Marathon, 5/21/05.

700 entrants.

Course, about 3.5 hours from Beijing, runs through villages and includes more than four miles on the Wall, much of it sharply uphill.

COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen Marathon, 5/22/05.

7,000 entrants.

Runs through the Carlsberg Brewery and even by the famed Little Mermaid. Sees most of the city's famed sights, including a castle.

VIENNA: Vienna City Marathon, 5/22/05.

25,000 entrants.

Runs by the state opera house in the city of Mozart and through a famed amusement park, with a giant ferris wheel, and much of one of Europe's grand old cities.

PRAGUE: Prague International Marathon, 5/22/05.

5,000 entrants.

Claims to be the most international marathon, with runners from 55 countries. An intimate crowd, though.

STOCKHOLM: Stockholm Marathon, 6/4/05.

17,000 entrants.

Passes by the Royal Palace, the City Hall, the Royal Opera, and the Houses of Parliament, with much of the run along waterways.


EASTER ISLAND: Easter Island Marathon, 6/11/05.

150 entrants.

Run in the home of the mysterious "moai" statues on a South Pacific island that spans just 63 square miles, so you'll see much of the island on the course.

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LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY, KENYA: Safaricom Marathon, 7/2/05.

450 entrants.

Run alongside giraffes and rhino in a game preserve. Conditions are challenging, with temperatures swinging from the 40s to the 80s over the course of the run.

CALGARY: Burnco Calgary Marathon, 7/10/05.

1,250 entrants.

The race is a tour of this Canadian Rockies city, including stretches through the Calgary Stampede Grounds and the city zoo.

CHICAGO: LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, 10/9/05.

40,000 entrants.

Chinese dragons, gay men's groups in drag cheering on the sidelines, and the most enthusiastic race fans anywhere grace this run, a loop through downtown and many of the city's ethnic neighborhoods.

MEDOC: Le Marathon des Chateaux du Medoc, 9/10/05.

8,000 entrants.

Scampers through vineyards in odd costumes, with plenty to drink along the way -- or afterward.

WARSAW: The Arkadia Warsaw Marathon, 9/18/05.

2,500 entrants.

Runs through the Old Town, by the Royal Castle and the Palace of Culture, and near the two sides of the Vistula River in the homeland of Chopin, Copernicus, and John Paul II.

BERLIN: real,-Berlin-Marathon, 9/25/05.

36,000 entrants.

More than 50 jazz, blues, and samba bands help you along the course, currently the fastest in the world.

AMSTERDAM: ING Amsterdam Marathon, 10/16/05.

16,000 entrants.

Fast, flat course ends in the Olympic Stadium, with thousands cheering there and along the route.


TORONTO: The Toronto Marathon, 10/16/05.

2,500 entrants.

Runs through most of the ultramodern city's charming neighborhoods. A few hills.

VENICE: Venicemarathon, 10/23/05.

6,500 entrants.

Flat and mostly downhill, the course runs along the Brenta River, passing Palladian villas, and it enters Venice over the Liberty Bridge. Then it goes over a floating bridge on the Grand Canal to St. Mark's Square, to the finish line on Venice's waterfront.


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Marine Corps Marathon, 10/30/05.

30,000 entrants.

Course passes the Kennedy Center; the Washington Mall area; the Lincoln, FDR, Korean War, and Vietnam Veteran's memorials; Washington Monument; and the U.S. Capitol. No lottery this year, but first-come, first-served admission beginning Apr. 6.

DUBLIN: adidas Dublin Marathon, 10/31/05.

10,000 entrants.

Runs through the historic Georgian streets of Dublin, Ireland's largest city and its capital. Bit hilly.

NEW YORK: ING New York City Marathon, 11/6/05.

35,000 entrants.

Admission is by lottery for this much-sought-after race. Features all five boroughs of the Big Apple, bridges, neighborhoods, and a finish in Central Park.


ATHENS: Athens Marathon, 11/6/05.

3,000 entrants.

Covers the same ground an Athenian messenger ran to bring news of victory from the battlefield of Marathon almost 2,500 years ago. Finishes in Athens' Olympic Stadium.

MONTE CARLO: Marathon de Monaco et des Riviera, 11/13/05.

2,200 entrants.

Winding course runs along the Riviera and up along neighboring mountains, dipping into France, Italy, and Monaco.


FLORENCE: Firenze Marathon, 11/27/05.

5,000 entrants.

Starts at the Piazzale Michelangiolo and the Ponte Vecchio, though the historic town center, the Cascine Monument and National Park. Mostly flat.


HONOLULU: Honolulu Marathon, 12/11/05.

26,000 entrants.

Runs through the city before dawn, as it's lit up for Christmas. Finishes near Diamond Head at Waikiki.


ROME: Maratona della cittá di Roma, 3/26/06.

12,000 entrants.

Starts at the Coliseum and zips through much of the glorious old city. Watch out for cobblestones.


DATA: Race Web sites,, Marathon Tours

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