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The Most Beautiful and Difficult Marathons on Earth

In South Africa, run a 26 mile marathon alongside wild animals. Or test your mettle on a 135 mile course through the sweltering heat of Death Valley's Badwater Ultramarathon. Then cool off in the Polar circle marathon in Greenland. Whatever challenge you seek, there's a marathon for you.

  1. Not Your Average Spectators
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    Not Your Average Spectators

    The Big Five Marathon takes place in Limpopo Province, South Africa, this year on June 25, 2016.

    Photographer: Klaus Sletting/Albatros Adventure Marathon

  2. Who's Faster?
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    Who's Faster?

    Wildebeast gallop past runners during The Big Five Marathon, in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

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  3. Serious Security
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    Serious Security

    Run through lion country in The Big Five Marathon in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

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  4. Can You Stand the Heat?
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    Can You Stand the Heat?

    The Badwater Ultramarathon covers 135 miles in California's Death Valley, with temperatures of up to 49 degrees Celsius. July 18-20, 2016

  5. Man-Made Wonders
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    Man-Made Wonders

    Take in one of the Great Wonders of the World in the Great Wall Marathon in China - 26 miles of breathtaking views. May

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  6. Most Challenging?
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    Most Challenging?

    The Great Wall Marathon is considered by many to be the most challenging marathon.

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  7. Natural Wonders
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    Natural Wonders

    The Grand to Grand Ultramarathon starts at the awe inspiring north rim of the Grand Canyon and finishes on the summit of the Grand Staircase. September

    Source: Grand to Grand Ultra

  8. No Typical Challenge
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    No Typical Challenge

    The 170 mile Grand to Grand Ultramarathon is a six stage self-supported race over seven days, covering varied terrain around the Grand Canyon in September.

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  9. Desert Mountains
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    Desert Mountains

    The Marathon des Sables - not strictly speaking a marathon but rather the equivalent of six marathons - takes you through 156 miles of formidable landscape of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. April

    Photographer: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP via Getty Images

  10. Six Marathons in One
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    Six Marathons in One

    Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, Morocco.

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  11. Two Oceans
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    Two Oceans

    South Africa's 34 mile Two Oceans Ultramarathon takes in the Atlantic Ocean along the Cape Peninsula. April

    Photographer: Nic Bothma/EPA

  12. Anything Deadly in That Water?
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    Anything Deadly in That Water?

    Test your mental and physical strength in the suffocating humidity and tough terrain of Brazil's Amazon rainforest on the 200 kilometer Jungle Marathon - but watch out for piranhas and anacondas! June

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  13. Coolest Marathon on Earth?
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    Coolest Marathon on Earth?

    Experience the unique beauty of a polar landscapes in the Polar Circle Marathon in Greenland. October

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  14. Breathtaking
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    Breathtaking

    Polar Circle Marathon in Greenland - incredibly fresh air and ice as far as you can see.

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