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What are the best destination marathons?

I'm training for my first marathon, and I'd like to run it in a fun place. What are the best marathons in cool destinations?

The Honolulu Marathon attracts runners from around the world

The Honolulu Marathon attracts runners from around the world     Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Marathon

A:There are a few important criteria for a good destination marathon. It has to be somewhere you’d really want to go, even if you weren’t running in a race. The course has to be scenic and memorable, and it shouldn't be straight uphill. (There's no point in traveling hundreds or thousands of miles to run a crappy time. Sorry Pike's Peak.) These four races fit the bill.

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