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Have you considered running a marathon? The number of 26.2-mile races has exploded in recent years. Which one should be on your bucket list?

For the full article, visit http://accent.chubb.com/10-best-us-marathons. For more ways to stay healthy this year, visit http://accent.chubb.com/health

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10 Best Marathons in the U.S. | Accent by Chubb

  1. 1. 10  Best  Marathons  in  the  U.S.    
  2. 2. Across the United States, there is a staggering variety of ways to run 26.2 miles: You can take your pick of big-city races, scenic rural routes and any number of quirkily themed events. All in all, more than 1,100 marathons take place in this country each year. According to statistics by the nonprofit organization Running USA, more than 541,000 runners finished a marathon in 2013 (the last year reported). That’s a 40 percent increase over the last decade. The number of events is up, too: In 2000, there were only 300 marathons to choose from. So how do you pick your bucket-list race? Here are a few of the best, sorted by time of year. Keep in mind that races fill up months in advance, so if you want to participate, you may have to plan for 2017.
  3. 3. The legendary Boston Marathon is 120 years old this year. The world’s oldest annual marathon, it attracts about 30,000 participants and more than a half million spectators, and is held each year on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April. It’s a tough race. Prospective male runners in the 18-34 age range must run their 26.2-mile qualifier in no more than 3 hours and 5 minutes; women in the same age group get 3 hours and 35 minutes. If you get in, you’ll run through eight Massachusetts cities and towns, finishing in Copley Square. When: April 18 Don’t miss: Women’s college Wellesley. It’s at the marathon’s halfway point, and runners say if you’re going to collapse, do it after a thousand screaming women are cheering you on. Boston  Marathon  
  4. 4. It’s  been  called  the  most  scenic  marathon,  running  up  the  California  coast  from   Big  Sur  to  Carmel  along  Highway  1,  the  naBon’s  first  naBonally  designated  Scenic   Highway.  It’s  also  the  largest  rural  marathon  in  the  world.       Along  the  course,  runners  zip  through  redwoods,  past  ranches  and  alongside  the   Pacific  Ocean.         When:  April  24  Don’t  miss:  The  view  from  Bixby  Bridge  in  Big  Sur,  one  of  the   tallest  single-­‐span  concrete  bridges  in  the  world.   Big  Sur  InternaBonal  Marathon  
  5. 5. Get  ready  for  one  of  the  naBon’s  most  grueling  marathons,  which  actually  started   as  a  challenge  between  smokers  and  non-­‐smokers  in  1966  (none  of  the  smokers   completed  the  race).       Official  marathon  course  guides  warn  that  the  ascent  porBon  of  the  marathon,   starBng  at  6,300  feet  above  sea  level  and  climbing  to  the  summit  at  14,115  feet,   can  take  as  long  or  longer  than  a  full  urban  race—parBcularly  for  those  unused  to   the  alBtude.  The  race  begins  in  front  of  City  Hall  in  Manitou  Springs,  and  the   majority  of  the  distance  is  run  on  Barr  Trail  in  Pike  NaBonal  Forest,  on  the  east   face  of  Pikes  Peak.         When:  August  21  Don’t  miss:  Warnings  about  the  downhill—which  is  where  most   injuries  occur  on  the  mountain.     Pikes  Peak  Marathon  
  6. 6. Few  places  in  the  world  are  more  scenic  than  Jackson  Hole,  Wyoming,  in  late   summer.  The  marathon  starts  near  the  town  square  in  historic  downtown,  and   runs  by  the  NaBonal  Elk  Refuge  and  Snow  King  ski  hill  before  heading  south  on   South  Park  Loop  Road  with  its  views  of  the  valley,  toward  Grand  Teton  and  an   incredible  finish  at  Teton  Village.         When:  September  3  Don’t  miss:  Bringing  your  own  hydraBon  system.  Jackson   Hole  is  one  of  a  growing  number  of  eco-­‐friendly  “cup-­‐free”  events,  which  means   aid  staBons  offer  water  and  someBmes  Powerade,  but  no  cups.   Jackson  Hole  Marathon  
  7. 7. Each  year,  around  15,000  military  and  civilian  runners  take  their  places  at  Wright-­‐ Paherson  Air  Force  Base  in  Dayton,  Ohio,  to  traverse  historical  places  on  the  base.      Runners  pass  the  NaBonal  Museum  of  the  U.S.  Air  Force,  the  Air  Force  InsBtute  of   Technology,  Headquarters  Air  Force  Material  Command  and  the  Wright  Brothers   Memorial  Monument,  among  others.  To  commemorate  the  U.S.  Air  Force’s   history,  one  aircrai  is  highlighted  each  year,  and  finishers’  medals  bear  an  image   of  that  plane.       When:  September  17  Don’t  miss:  The  Air  Force  jet  flyover  that  kicks  off  the  day.   U.S.  Air  Force  Marathon  
  8. 8. One  of  the  country’s  most  popular  races,  the  Marine  Corps  Marathon  is   nicknamed  the  “People’s  Marathon”  because  it  doesn’t  offer  prize  money  to  top   finishers.  The  event  sBll  sells  out  in  record  Bme  and  recently  had  to  switch  to  a   lohery  entry  system  due  to  its  popularity.       In  this  year’s  41st  annual  race,  runners  will  sprint  through  the  naBon’s  capitol,   passing  by  the  Jefferson  Memorial,  the  NaBonal  Mall  and  Arlington  NaBonal   Cemetery.       When:  October  30  Don’t  miss:  The  many  Marines  along  the  course  who  cheer   runners  on  and  place  finishing  medals  around  their  necks.   Marine  Corps  Marathon  
  9. 9. In  2015,  runners  from  139  different  countries  and  all  50  states  made  their  way  to   New  York  City  to  race  in  a  pack  of  more  than  50,000  compeBtors.       Every  year,  parBcipants  run  through  all  five  boroughs,  kicking  off  in  Staten  Island   and  passing  through  Brooklyn,  Queens,  Manhahan  and  the  Bronx  before   returning  to  Manhahan  and  ending  in  Central  Park.  Along  the  way,  runners  pass   about  two  million  spectators.       When:  November  6  Don’t  miss:  Running  with  the  stars.  CelebriBes  running  in  2015   included  Alicia  Keys,  Ethan  Hawke  and  Tiki  Barber.   New  York  City  Marathon  
  10. 10. One  of  the  country’s  most  unique  races,  the  Las  Vegas  Rock  ‘n’  Roll  Marathon   doesn’t  start  unBl  4:30  p.m.  Why?  It’s  rock-­‐themed,  of  course,  and  aier  26.2   miles  of  racing,  runners  end  in  the  evening  hours  in  the  middle  of  the  Las  Vegas   Strip,  which  closes  just  for  this  event.  Live  rock  performances  greet  all  those  who   finish,  and  the  event  ahracts  thousands  of  revelers.       When:  November  13  Don’t  miss:  Running  Elvises,  drag  queens,  hair  bands  and   more;  Las  Vegas  marathoners  take  their  costumes  seriously.     Las  Vegas  Rock  ‘n’  Roll  Marathon  
  11. 11. Among  the  10  largest  marathon  races  in  the  world,  the  Honolulu  Marathon  is  held   in  December—perfect  weather  for  a  (very  long)  coastal  run.       The  course  is  incredibly  photogenic:  The  mostly  flat  run  starts  on  Ala  Moana   Boulevard,  winds  through  downtown  Honolulu  and  Waikiki,  and  then  loops  back   along  the  Kalanianaole  Highway  to  end  in  Waikiki’s  Kapiolani  Park.  Runners  pass   Hawaiian  landmarks  such  as  Iolani  Palace,  the  only  royal  palace  in  the  United   States.       When:  December  11  Don’t  miss:  The  celebraBon  in  Kapiolani  Park,  with  an  award   ceremony,  Japanese  banners,  fireworks,  costumes  and  drums.     Honolulu  Marathon  
  12. 12. Is  this  the  most  magical  race  on  Earth?  That’s  how  this  marathon  through  all  four   Walt  Disney  World  theme  parks  is  billed.  It  starts  at  Epcot,  winds  through  the   Magic  Kingdom  and  Disney’s  Animal  Kingdom  park  and  goes  on  to  Hollywood   Studios  before  finishing  back  at  Epcot.       When:  January  7,  2017  Don’t  miss:  The  finish—racers  now  get  Mickey  Mouse   finisher  medals.   Walk  Disney  World  Marathon  

Have you considered running a marathon? The number of 26.2-mile races has exploded in recent years. Which one should be on your bucket list? For the full article, visit http://accent.chubb.com/10-best-us-marathons. For more ways to stay healthy this year, visit http://accent.chubb.com/health

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