For disappointed runners who were slated to run the 2012 ING New York City Marathon this past Sunday, a slew of other options are available to put those months of training to good use.
While the nearby Philadelphia Marathon (November 18) is sold out, the sold-out Brooklyn Marathon (November 18) is considering expansion in response to the hurricane, so stay tuned to the website for details: nycruns.com/races/?race=nycruns-brooklyn-marathon.
This race takes runners through fruit orchards before concluding with a two-mile stretch along the Pacific Ocean. Entry fee: $50 to the first 200 NYC marathoners able to show proof of registration. Regular fee is $130.
The intercontinental marathon takes advantage of Istanbul's Bosphorus-straddling situation in order to be the world's only marathon that starts in one continent (Asia) and ends in another (Europe). Entry free: 100 TL/€50.
The Athens "original" Marathon starts at the ancient Greek city of Marathon and concludes at Athens Olympic Stadium. Entry fee: €90.
Mild fall weather makes this Texan race hospitable, as does the 20 percent discount for NYC Marathon entrants, with donations going to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Entry fee: $125 (not including 20 percent discount).
This gorgeous race takes you through red rock desert terrain of the Valley of Fire State Park, but be prepared for hills. Entry fee: $90.
More than 10,000 runners are expected to hit the streets of Florence, in what is considered one of Italy's most scenic marathons. Entry fee: €70.
This story was posted on Sat, November 10, 2012
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