Top Spring Marathons - The Running Channel

Top Spring Marathons

14th October 2022

Feeling inspired after watching the London or Berlin Marathon and want to run your own marathon? Well we have put together our top picks for spring races for you to get training towards in 2023. 

London Marathon

Now back to its traditional Spring slot, the legendary race is the one race everyone wants to run come Spring. The ballot has also closed but charity and travel operators places are available and we are currently running a giveaway of one London spot through our friends Sports Tours Operations, follow the link here to enter.

Rome Marathon

Starting at the Coliseum and running around some of the key landmarks of the ancient city, the Rome Marathon is definitely one for the bucket list. Plus being the land of pasta you can be sure that grabbing your carb-loading necessities the night before will be easy! 

Boston Marathon

Have you BQ-ed over the Autumn? Well now is the time to get ready to become a Boston runner and cover yourself in blue and yellow. Anna ran the legendary race last year and you can see how she got on below.

LA Marathon

Unsurprisingly a popular race for Brits looking to escape the gloomy weather to bask in the Californian sun. This big city marathon has an atmosphere similar to the six star major races and with usually guaranteed good weather it is one to beat the winter blues with.

Paris Marathon

Regularly called the unofficially 7th Star, the ever increasingly popular marathon is a non-ballot big city marathon offering incredible views of the Eiffel Tower and other major Parisian landmarks as you run the route. With a breakfast shakeout run the day before, a well supported route and all the post marathon croissants you could eat what isn’t to love!

Big Sur Marathon

The second marathon held in California on this list but instead of big city views the Big Sur Marathon follows the stunning Pacific Coast along Highway 1. It is definitely not for anyone aiming for PB but with views like this, who cares!

Tokyo Marathon

With Japan now back open to tourists 2023’s marathon promises to be a huge celebration and with many people desperate to get hold of that six star medal there is bound to be hot competition for the race entries. The ballot has closed but similar to London there are charity and travel operators places still up for grabs

The Big Five Marathon

Wanting something a little more exotic? Then head out to African savannah and run a half or full marathon surrounded by the incredibly wildlife on offer from zebras, elephants, giraffes to lions and rhinos. All run with Rangers in support to keep you safe from the wildlife so you can focus on the stunning views while you run.

Great Wall Marathon

Now this is definitely not a PB race, with over 5,000 incredibly steep steps as you traverse one of the world’s most famous landmarks; The Great Wall of China. Hot and humid conditions must be battled but the rewards are views that are unlike any other on the planet.

Manchester Marathon

Looking for a UK race that is fast and flat and has no ballot then look no further than Manchester. The firm fixture in the marathon calendar is one for anyone looking to line up in Boston the following year or just wanting to see how fast they can go in the shadow of iconic stadiums.


Need some motivation to get training? Watch James and Anna talk through why you should get training as soon as possible: