Under-the-Radar Marathons Around the World

Training for an event is an effective way to stick to healthy goals
Under-the-Radar Marathons Around the World


Do you need motivation to keep your healthy New Year’s resolutions? Maybe training for an event such as a marathon will help. But don’t go for the popular ones right away. Thousands of people are entering to run in Boston and New York and qualifying involves having run prior marathons.

Take a look at some under-the-radar marathons in 2018 that can serve as wonderful goals to work towards while taking in a new destination. From the beautiful landscape of Japan to the Insta-worthy street art of Fort Worth, these races will take you through some of the most breathtaking and emerging areas of the world.

The CowTown Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas 

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Touted as the largest multi-event race in North Texas, the CowTown Marathon is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, and includes an ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, kids 5K, adults 5K and 10K. Held from February 24-25, the race routes hit some of Fort Worth’s most prominent hot spots, such as Sundance Square, the historic Stockyards and the ultra-cool Foundry District.

Wineglass Marathon in New York’s Finger Lakes Region


Celebrating 37 years of the Wineglass Marathon, the widely anticipated and frequently sold out event will take place from September 28-30. Beginning in Bath, N.Y., runners (both half and full marathon) culminate in Corning where they are met with a post-race craft beverage tasting including wine, beer and spirits at the Rockwell Museum. In line with the region’s roots, a wine down party follows at the Radisson Hotel Corning.

Thanks & Friendship Kobe Marathon in Setouchi Region, Japan


Surpassing the U.S. as the world’s largest amateur marathon market, Japan’s marathon races account for more than 40% of the worldwide market share of marathons.  A marathon that is both fun and rewarding is the Thanks & Friendship Kobe Marathon, where runners express gratitude to the people near and far who reached out to Hyogo and Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake as they run through the Setouchi Region and along the Seto Inland Sea.  Held in November (exactly date TBD) for its 8th year, the marathon is an event focused on hospitality, based on the awareness that we are all linked together and must help those who have suffered loss at the hand of mother nature.

RunTheBluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky


On March 31, runners can participate in “America’s Prettiest Half-Marathon”, which also offers a 7-Miler, Kids Race and The Yearling. Beginning at the famous Keeneland Race Course, this marathon takes runners throughout Lexington’s majestic Thoroughbred Farms, rolling hills and scenic routes, including Old Frankfort Pike, which is touted as one of the most scenic drives in the United States.

Laguna Phuket Marathon in Phuket, Thailand 

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Thousands will run through paradise during the Laguna Phuket Marathon, Southeast Asia’s leading destination marathon. Held on June 8-10, the festivities include a marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5km, 10.5 km and the kids run (2km).  The race course is set against the magnificent backdrop of the lush greenery of Phuket’s tropical forests, rubber and pineapple plantations, spectacular beaches, quaint local villages and beautiful cultural landmarks.

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