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The Best Marathons in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond

Are you ready to take on the ultimate running challenge? Marathons are a true test of endurance and determination, and there are countless races around the world that offer a chance to push yourself to the limit. From iconic events like the Eugene Marathon to lesser-known races in exotic locations, there’s a marathon out there for everyone.

Read on to discover popular marathons in the Pacific Northwest and the United States.

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Popular Marathons Around the Country to Consider

Boston Marathon: The Oldest and Most Prestigious Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world, attracting elite runners from around the globe. The race was first held in 1897 and has since become a symbol of endurance and perseverance. The course takes runners through the historic streets of Boston, including the famous Heartbreak Hill, and finishes at the iconic Boylston Street.

Seattle Marathon

The UW Medicine Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon is Seattle’s original hometown marathon and the oldest marathon in the Pacific Northwest. Starting in the shadow of the Space Needle, the course showcases the pristine Pacific Northwest before looping back to finish on the AstroTurf at Memorial Stadium. And though avoiding hills in Seattle is like avoiding sand in the desert, Emerald City gems like Lake Union, Lake Washington, and the University of Washington help to temper the route’s inevitable ups and downs. 

Eugene Marathon

The Eugene Marathon is a beloved annual event that draws runners from all over the world to the beautiful city of Eugene, Oregon. With a rich history and a reputation for being one of the most scenic and challenging races in the Pacific Northwest, the Eugene Marathon is a must-run for any serious runner. Learn more about the history and significance of this iconic race.