Ashton Edwards wrote:

According to “Running USA,” over 1,200 marathon events were held in the United States in 2014 with more than 550,000 finishers.

Compare that to 1976 (25,000 finishers) and we’ve clearly come a long way since this feat was strictly reserved for elite athletes and crazy people.

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So where should you consider fastening your next (or first) bib?

Here’s an inspiring shortlist of favorite destination marathons chosen by a panel of inveterate marathoners.

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