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The World’s 26.2 Most Awesome Marathons Will Inspire You to Start Training

The World’s 26.2 Most Awesome Marathons Will Inspire You to Start Training
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Whether running a marathon is something you’re itching to check off your bucket list or you’re already an accomplished runner, these amazing races will make you want to lace up and start putting in some miles. There are races nearly everywhere these days – here are some of the world’s best marathons.

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              1. The Boston Marathon, Boston, MA (April)

              Despite tragedy and heartbreak, this marathon remains beloved by runners. You’ve got to be quick, though – to get a lottery spot to enter the Boston Marathon, you’ve got to complete an approved marathon within a specified amount of time, calculated based on your age (these races are known as “BQs,” for “Boston Qualifiers”). If you’re only hoping to run a marathon once, Boston’s out of your league – but it’s still an amazing spot to stand and cheer. Experienced racer? Well then you already know all about this one!

              2. Athens Classic Marathon, Athens, Greece (November)

              This is as close to the original marathon as you’re likely to get, because you’re literally running the 26.2 miles from Marathon (hence the name!) to Athens traced by the soldier Pheidippides back in 490 BC as he delivered the message that the Greeks had defeated the Persians.

              3. The Great Wall Marathon, Huangyaguan, China (May)

              Running a marathon is no easy feat. Running a marathon during which you climb more than 5,000 steps? Okay, it might be crazy. But running a race atop the Great Wall of China, one of the 7 Manmade Wonders of the World, is definitely going to get you serious bragging rights. In addition to running the Great Wall, racers also make their way through rural villages.

              4. Wineglass Marathon, Corning, NY (October)

              If you’re looking for a flat and fast BQ, the Wineglass Marathon is definitely one to look up. Run through beautiful fall foliage as you wind your way through the Finger Lakes from Bath to Corning, NY. America’s “Crystal City” is home to the historic Corning glass factory, hence the unique medal for this race – handmade glass. Plus you get to toast yourself at the finish line with a commemorative wine glass and mini bottle of bubbly!

              5. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (November)

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                  All of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon events are organized and well-run, but Vegas is special for four little words: The Strip at night. Yup, one side of Las Vegas Boulevard actually gets shut down, and you get to see Sin City at its gaudiest. There’s also entertainment throughout the course (Snoop Dogg is the headliner at this year’s race). Another bonus: It’s possibly the one marathon you’ll find that you don’t have to get up super-early to run!

                  6. Big Sur International Marathon, Big Sur, CA (April)

                  If the headwinds and hill climbs don’t take your breath away, the scenery will. This marathon travels along Highway 1 from Big Sur to Carmel, passing through redwood forests, across gorges, and past astonishing views of the Pacific Ocean. Though the marathon is capped at 4,500 runners, there are also several shorter races held the same day.

                  7. Asics LA Marathon, Los Angeles, CA (March)

                  They say nobody walks in LA, but every year thousands run it, on a scenic course that goes from from Dodgers Stadium to Santa Monica. Angelenos turn out in full force to cheer them on, too – spectators are known to outnumber participants at a ratio of 40 to 1!

                  8. Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL (October)

                  This supersize marathon hosts a whopping 45,000 runners, but the Windy City is at its most hospitable cheering them on. The fast and flat course winds through pretty much every Chicago neighborhood, with fantastic architecture and historic landmarks abounding. Plus, you can motivate yourself to keep going by promising yourself a post-run slice of deep-dish pizza.

                  9. Marathon Du Medoc, Bordeaux, France (September)

                  It’s the marathon equivalent of a fun run – well, the fanciest fun run you can imagine. Each year, the Marathon Du Medoc has a theme, and nearly all runners dress in appropriate costumes as they traverse the scenic course, which includes stops along the way for 20+ wine tastings and just as many food stands. You won’t run a PR here (the race’s logo is a wine-besotted runner), but that’s not the idea, anyway.

                  10. Virgin Money London Marathon, London, England (April)

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                              Part of the World Marathon Majors Series, this flat, fast course is a tour of London. You’ll run over London Bridge, past Big Ben and Parliament, and finish at Buckingham Palace.

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                              11. Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Pittsburgh, PA (May)

                              This BQ takes you all around the Steel City, traversing five bridges as you cross all three rivers and tour its historic neighborhoods. Though the course is a bit hilly, the last 5 miles are all downhill – and the city’s sports fans line the streets, encouraging you to finish strong.

                              12. Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (January)

                              If you’re looking for a destination marathon, Dubai is definitely a spot to go big. The fast and flat course starts and ends at the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa), and if a runner breaks a world record, he or she wins a million dollars (it’s also the “world’s richest race”).

                              13. Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon, Denver, CO (May)

                              Looking for an altitude challenge? The Mile-High City has got you covered. Colfax Avenue is the longest continuous commercial street in the U.S., so you’re on the same road for almost the entire race (except when the course takes awesome detours, like running through Mile High Stadium) with locals cheering you the whole way.

                              14. Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon, Napa, CA (March)

                              This race could be described as an intimate, romantic marathon – just you and 2,299 other runners, winding your way through the vineyards of California Wine Country. After the first few miles of rolling hills, it’s a mainly downhill course, making it a great choice for marathon newbies.

                              15. TCS New York City Marathon, New York, NY (November)

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                                          Why run this marathon? Because it’s New Yawk, fuhgeddaboutit! But seriously, the largest marathon in the U.S. is a pretty amazing way to see all five boroughs of the Big Apple. Racing with a charity-focused team ups your chances of getting picked in the lottery.

                                          16. Big Five Marathon, Limpopo, South Africa (June)

                                          Destination marathons don’t get much more exotic than this. Named for the “big five” game species in South Africa (lions, leopards, Rhinos, Cape buffalo, and African elephants), the race goes through the privately-owned Entabeni Game Reserve. The start time and the exact route depend on the location of the animals, making the race a safari on foot.

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                                          17. Missoula Marathon, Missoula, MT (July)

                                          Another small town BQ, this point-to-point race was developed by the organization Run Wild Montana, who wanted to share the state’s beauty with other runners. It worked! This race has racked up accolades from runners around the world and become a favorite community event.

                                          18.Utah Valley Marathon, Provo, UT (June)

                                          Looking to add another state to your list? Don’t overlook Utah! This BQ course takes you downhill from Wallsburg to Provo, past spectacular views of waterfalls, rolling hills, and canyons. It’s capped at 2,000 runners, so register early (it’s also worth mentioning that registration is quite inexpensive as marathons go – under $100 until 2 months before the event).

                                          19. Cane Growers Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia (November)

                                          Don’t get too excited for cool temperatures – remember, it’s summer in the southern hemisphere. Still, starting on a beach, racing through sugar cane plantations, and running alongside rainforest make this run Down Under a fantastic destination marathon.

                                          20. Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, Paris, France (April)

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                                                      If you want a less wine-filled way to run France, the Paris International Marathon takes runners along the Seine and past the Bastille, the Louvre, and the Place de la Concorde, with the course finishing (naturally) at the Arc de Triomphe. It’s a huge field (as many as 40,000 entrants), but it’s an amazing way to see one of the world’s greatest cities.

                                                      21. SPAR Budapest Marathon, Budapest, Hungary (October)

                                                      Want to run a European marathon that’s a little bit off the beaten path, but still in a major city? Don’t overlook the Budapest Marathon, which features a fast, flat course that takes you along the Danube River.

                                                      22. Walt Disney World Marathon, Orlando, FL (January)

                                                      If you’ve got kids or you’re a kid at heart, you’ll love this destination race which takes you through the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios… you’ll even run through Cinderella’s castle! This race offers nonstop visual wonders (think parade floats and circus acts), not to mention all your favorite Disney characters and princesses cheering you on. The marathon starts and ends at Epcot – it really is a small world, after all.

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                                                      23. Mississippi Blues Marathon, Jackson, MS (January)

                                                      This sweet little marathon (less than 1,000 runners) boasts enormous charm, with live blues musicians entertaining runners throughout the course. Plenty of locals come out to share some Southern hospitality and cheer on the runners, too!

                                                      24. Mount Desert Island Marathon, Bar Harbor, ME (October)

                                                      Spectacular coastal views can be found on the east coast, too. This BQ takes runners through quaint New England villages, and you’ll also run on the Atlantic Coast’s only true fjord. The rocky trails do slow things down, but they also make this marathon more about camaraderie than competition.

                                                      25. Honolulu Marathon, Honolulu, HI (December)

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                                                                  And speaking of spectacular views! This Oahu marathon starts in Ala Moana Beach Park, then takes you through Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Hawaii Kai, and more. Though the race has an extra-early start time (5 am), it does help runners avoid the heat and humidity – and leaves plenty of time to kick back and relax at the post-race luau.

                                                                  26. Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati, OH (May)

                                                                  Said you’ll run a marathon “when pigs fly”? Cincinnati’s calling your bluff! The perfect event for newbies, the Flying Pig is designed to be a fun, laid-back race. Spectators are encouraged to do everything they can – from cheering to making fun signs to juggling – to boost runners’ spirits and keep everyone smiling.

                                                                  26.2. The Color Run

                                                                  It’s not a marathon, but that’s why it’s the “.2” in this marathon list! “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” takes place in more than 30 countries, with over 170 different events. Runners begin the race wearing white, and end up doused in multi-colored paint. See www.thecolorrun.com to find a race near you.

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                                                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                                                  Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                                  By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                                  Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                                  83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                                    84 write random letter

                                                                      85 use a rubberband

                                                                        86 dorm smell bad

                                                                          87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                                            89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                              90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                                91 iron inside out

                                                                                  92 old newspaper

                                                                                    93 tumble try shoes

                                                                                      keep a card like this

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                                                                                          94 soap bar

                                                                                            95 make a hole

                                                                                              96 drop the battery

                                                                                                97 use a coozie

                                                                                                  98 when taking a picture

                                                                                                    use a clean dust pan

                                                                                                      try a pants hanger

                                                                                                        use your cellphone light

                                                                                                          use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                                            quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                              user binder clips

                                                                                                                wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                                  put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                                    clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                                      use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                                        doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                                          use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                                            use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                              freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                                use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                                  almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                                    sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                                      unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                                        cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                                          remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                                            turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                              for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                                how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                                  tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                                    place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                                      ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                                        use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                                          take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                                            how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                              put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                                How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                                  user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                                    good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                                      turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                                        50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                                          the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                                            add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                                hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                                  stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                                    the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                                      how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                                        the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                                          use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                                            to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                              user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                                a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                  rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                                                      50

                                                                                                                                                                                                        51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                              kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  58

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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