Many European cities will host a marathon race in the coming year
At the time of writing this blog the 2015 London Marathon is taking place and it set me off wondering what other European cities will host marathon races this year. The London Marathon is of course far more than just a race. The elite runners have their own race within the race but the vast majority of so-called “fun runners” will be playing out their own personal battle against the clock and in the process will raise millions of pounds for good causes. More than 36.000 runners will have taken part in this year’s London Marathon and the event has become the most important date on the calendar for one day charity fundraising.
So… where to we have to go to watch more marathons in European cities over the next few weeks? The Geneva Marathon for Unicef on 3rd May is one race in a weekend of running events raising money for UNICEF. Other races will include a half marathon, marathon relay and 10K. The marathon will start on the Avenue de Bel-Air in Chêne-Bourg. From there runners follow a route which takes them out into the countryside surrounding Geneva, before finishing on the Pont du Mont-Blanc in the city centre.
The Prague International Marathon also takes place on 3rd May. It is considered by many to be one of the top ten marathons and is likely to contain a number of high profile runners. The race starts on the Old Town Square and winds its way through the narrow streets of the Old Town to the Charles Bridge where the runners will probably be serenaded by Czech musicians. The race crosses the Vlatava river on several occasions before making its way back to the Old Town Square.
On 24th May the action heads to Copenhagen for the popular Copenhagen Marathon. The runners will follow 3 circuits through the centre of the city, passing well known sights including the beautiful Little Mermaid, the Royal Palace and the Parliament building. There will also be bands and other forms of entertainments to entertain both runners and spectators.
Marathon racing stays in Scandinavia at the end of the month for the Stockholm Marathon which has been running since 1979. The course is regarded as one of the world’s most scenic marathon routes, passing buildings such as the Royal Palace, the Royal Opera, the City Hall and the Houses of Parliament with the race finishing in the 1912 Olympic Stadium.
Other European cities which will host marathon races this year include Helsinki, Reykjavik, Oslo, Moscow, Brussels, Budapest, Venice, Florence and Berlin, to name just a few. Marathon running (or watching!) seems to be a great way to see Europe’s cities!