If you were one of the nearly 66,000 hopefuls who came away from last week’s New York City Marathon lottery drawing with a losing $11 ticket in hand, don’t despair! New York may be the biggest and among the most prestigious marathons in the world, but then again, it will likely be even bigger and more prestigious next year when you DO get in. And Taylor Swift will still be welcoming you.
In the meantime, since we’re all runners in search of our next start line, we’re here to help you fill that late-season void in your race calendar, with ten marathons (five road + five trail) that offer worthy November/December alternatives to the Big Apple. After all, there are plenty of other races & places in the world to “Get Your ____ On”.
Of course this list isn’t comprehensive, and we’d recommend you do some research of your own using our handy customized “Find a Race” feature. But we (objectively) can’t think of a better place to start. And for non-marathoners, races that include a shorter – and in one case, longer – distance are indicated by a *.
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Click on the image above for RaceRave’s review of other comparable marathons to the New York Marathon.