4 Destination Marathons to Tackle in 2017

Marathon Runner Feet

Itching to explore some new territory and get some new terrain underfoot? Sign up for one of these 26.2-mile footraces. Located across the U.S., you’ll find a spot that speaks to your travel —and training—needs. 

Colorado Marathon: May 7, 2017

Where: Fort Collins, CO

This speedy, downhill race is one of the country’s most scenic, tracing the Poudre River Canyon to historic Fort Collins. (comarathon.com)

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon: May 28, 2017

Where: Ojai, CA

The M2B has one of the highest Boston qualifying rates (32% in 2016) thanks to mild spring temps and a similar drop. (mountains2beachmarathon.com)

Grandma’s Marathon: June 17, 2017

Where: Duluth, MN

Once a locals only event that was sponsored by a fledgling Saloon & Grill, it now attracts world-class talent. (grandmasmarathon.com)

Last Chance BQ2 Marathon: Sept. 9, 2017

Where: Geneva, IL

It’s pancake-flat, mostly shaded, and, with 16 aid stations, offers latecomers their best crack at toeing the line in Hopkinton. (lastchancebqgr.com)