After the snow melts away and the days grow longer and warmer, our team starts to get an itch to travel and be outside – what better way to do both than by running in a marathon?! Think about it. You have a reason to get in amazing shape and eat well (yes, even more than just to have a bikini-worthy bod), you get plenty of time outdoors and you sometimes get to book a flight to almost anywhere your heart desires! Plus, when the race is all over, you get to feel like a running boss – one that deserves some really good food, at that. Between now and fall, there are dozens of fun marathons being offered from coast to coast, including these five that we think you might enjoy:
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Country Music Marathon – April 25, 2015
Take in the sights and sounds of Nashville, the heart of country music, at the Country Music Marathon this month! You’ll get to check out Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and more. You should probably leave your headphones behind for this one!
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San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon – May 31, 2015
What could be more fun than pacing yourself to live, local music being played along the scenic course in sunny San Diego? Upon arrival of the finish line, you are treated to a free beer and admission to the Finish Line Festival and Post Race Concert!
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Kona Marathon – June 28, 2015
The Kona Marathon has grown to be West Hawaii’s premiere road race and will start and finish at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queen’s Garden on the Big Island. If you’re going to put 26.2 miles on your feet, you may as well do it somewhere you can enjoy while recovering, too – aloha!
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Missoula Marathon – July 12, 2015
How could we not include our hometown in this roundup? The Missoula Marathon is rated very highly and takes you on a beautiful and scenic route from the countryside to the historic downtown area. If you stick around for a few more days, you can enjoy hiking, rafting, mountain biking and more in Montana!
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The San Francisco Marathon – July 26, 2015
If you’ve never visited San Francisco (or even if you have), this race is perfect for sightseeing! Cruise by classic attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge and Park for a full dose of the iconic city.
Have you signed up for any awesome marathons this year? Tell us all about it in a comment below!