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The 5 Most Scenic Places to Run Marathons in the United States

With winter approaching, it’s nice to keep a training goal in mind that you can look forward to. In hopes of providing you with a light at the end of the winter training tunnel, here are five Spring-time marathons with scenic views to inspire you.

The 5 Most Scenic Places to  Run Marathons

scenic places to run marathons

The Rite-aid Cleveland Marathon

The Rite-aid Cleveland marathon in the rock & roll capital of America takes place on May 17th 2015 and is one of the flattest courses in terms of elevation. However, the course has rough pavement and uneven footing that may cause you to look down at your feet in the interest of saving yourself from tripping and falling down at the beginning of the race.

Although Cleveland has many brown fields, this course makes a point to navigate you through the more scenic cityscapes. Land marks on the course include: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena, Ohio City, West Side Market, Tremont, Playhouse Square Theater District, the Lake Erie shoreway, University Circle, Rockefeller Park, Great Lakes Science Center.

The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon

The Kentucky Derby Festival marathon takes place on April 25th 2015 and is part of the Kentucky Derby Festival event. This festival event starts off with the eye-popping visuals of the Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks Show, so be sure not to miss this additional scene at the festival kick off. During the race, about a third of the way along the marathon race-course, the Churchill Downs, and possibly horses being exercised, can be seen.

Cinncinati Flying Pig Marathon

If you are looking for a race in May, the Cinncinati Flying Pig Marathon could be the one for you. It takes place on May 3rd 2015. Attractions of the Cinncinati Flying Pig marathon’s course include the scenery of the Ohio River along the final third of the course to give you a lift of inspiration at the end, complemented by pig-inspired art as you cross the “finish swine.” Medals featuring an engraved porker’s posterior may also be a novel sight to motivate your completion of the race.

Foot Leveler's Blue Ridge Mountain

Foot Leveler’s Blue Ridge Mountain in Roanoke VA on April 18th 2015 will have a 7,340 foot elevation change and is considered the toughest marathon run on the east coast, because you will have two mountains to climb. Runners will be rewarded for their hard work on the challenging double mountain ascents of the course, with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and smoky mountain scenery.

Big Sur International Marathon

Big Sur International Marathon is on April 26 2015 usually sells out within an hour of the race registration opening. It is a small event, because the course goes along the narrow, yet breathtakingly beautiful Highway One from Carmel to Big Sur.

The 2015 race is currently sold out, unless you have a connection to one of their charity partners, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year for this one, because it’s truly a one of a kind sight. The ocean can be viewed at almost every step of the way and is framed by many ancient redwood trees, native to Northern California.


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