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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

    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?

    Who's Faster?

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

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  3. Serious Security

    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?

    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

    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?

    Most Challenging?

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

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  7. Natural Wonders

    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

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  8. No Typical Challenge

    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

    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

    Six Marathons in One

    Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, Morocco.

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  11. Two Oceans

    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?

    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?

    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


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

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