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5 Best Alternative Marathons in 2018

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Dear Explorer,

Pushing your body to run the epic marathon distance is an incredible feat of endurance. But, do you find you get bored seeing the same scenery every time? Why not give your eyes something different to enjoy while you run these long distances?

Fancy mixing it up and earning a different kind of bragging power with your running club?

Then check out ub-cool’s pick of the top 5 alternative marathons coming up in 2018.
You might even be able to fit in some sight seeing or a vacation to recuperate after!

#1 – Muscat Marathon

Where? Muscat, Oman

When? 18th & 19th January 2018

Why? Oman is already world famous for its warm hospitality but it is also emerging as one of the worlds best tourist & adventure destinations. Our top advice: experience the marathon community & make an adventure holiday out of the experience!

Activities: Check out these local activities during your down time – click here.

Did you know ub-cool will have a team at this event? Want to join our team? click here!


#2 – Antarctic Ice Marathon

Where? Antarctica

When? 24th November 2018

Why? Ultra Running to the extreme – does it get any cooler than this? Literally! The ultimate challenge of physical & mental endurance as runners bundle themselves up against the harshest elements and set off from the Union Glacier Exploration Camp, 600 miles from the South Pole. Want people to talk about you? Choose this marathon and do something epic.

Recommended Read: Gertjan Verdickt ran and came 3rd in the Antarctic Ice Marathon this year to raise awareness and money for the Multiple Sclerosis community in Belgium.

Register here

#3 – Maratona di Roma

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Where? Rome, Italy

When? 8th April 2018

Why? Rome is a city jam packed of architectural wonders and marvels – what better way to explore it than on foot? Just this time a little faster than usual. You are guaranteed to never feel bored with marvels like the Colosseum and the Vatican to admire as you power your way past on foot.

Activities: Check out these local activities during your down time – click here.

#4 – Great Wall Marathon

Where? Beijing, China

When? 19th May 2018

Why? The name gives it away! This Marathon takes runners to the world famous Great Wall of China, located east of Beijing. With a punishing 5,164 steps along the route, this isn’t going to be a gentle run in the park but it is guaranteed to be a memorable life experience.

Activities: Check out these local activities during your down time – click here.

#5 – Midnight Sun Marathon

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Where? Tromso, Norway

When? 16th June 2018

Why? During the month of June, the coastal town of Tromso, Norway, basks in never-ending sunlight. What more of an excuse do you need than that? Runners set off at 8.30 pm – not traditional marathon timing – and run late into the golden-night sunshine. That in itself is a pretty cool experience!

Activities: Check out these local activities during your down time – click here.

Register here.


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Heather Duncan
"Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire" A wife, mother, adventurer and outdoors addict. My passions include scaling to the highest heights, cruising the ocean on my kayak and throwing myself from cliffs. Why? Because life is too short to be boring.

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