The world’s most popular marathons

June 05, 2017, 4:54:37 PM EDT

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What makes a marathon worth running? For starters, a great course with scenic views certainly adds value to an event. And when that course is lined with hordes of enthusiastic fans cheering you on, well that’s definitely a big plus, too.

Totallymoney.com researched the world’s most popular marathons, creating a full list of must-do events for your next challenge.

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Amsterdam Marathon, The Netherlands

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You may think that people in this beautiful city are all about cycling, but they also take running seriously. The road race has a Gold Label from the IAAF. During the event, there’s also a half marathon race and an 8 km race in the program. The marathon is held every October. More than 12,000 signed up last year to run, and 16,500 places are open this year.

Athens Marathon, Greece

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The Athens Classic Marathon, the greatest running event in all of Greece, is an annual marathon road race organized every November. About 43,000 people signed up in 2015. The route is somewhat strenuous as the elevation gain is 288 feet. The first 4 kilometers go downhill; it becomes flat from the 6th to the 10thkm; and from the 11th to the 17thkm the course goes uphill at certain parts. The most difficult part is also the last— steep ascent is followed by a steep descent.

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