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The Best Marathons for Travelers: Great Wall Marathon

I don’t want to run just any old urban marathon: I'm looking for a destination race that will let me combine an incredible trip with my athletic endeavors. Any ideas?

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A:As you might guess from the name, the annual Great Wall Marathon follows China's famous landmark, with sections of it sending runners along the top of the 2,200-year-old wall itself.

To get in, you'll have to deal with some bureaucracy: Foreign runners must sign up for a 6- or 7-day package tour that hits the highlights of Beijing and the area around the wall. (Chinese residents are exempted from the tour requirement and can sign up for just the race itself.) The good news is that you have a while to train: The next Great Wall Marathon is scheduled for May 17, 2014.

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