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March 23, 2011 10:42 ET Sprints to the Finish Line With Its Top 10 Marathons Across the Globe

TORONTO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2011) - As the spring season is finally upon us, avid runners can enjoy outdoor training for the upcoming marathon season. History, terrain and competition are all ingredients of a great race, and, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, has factored all of these in to create a list of Top 10 Marathons across the Globe. Whether you're a competitor or fan, check out these great runs in North America, South America and Europe that test the very limits of one's endurance and also offer a great reason to explore these exciting cities.

Below are the five marathons in North America to make our global list.

Boston Marathon - On April 18th, the 115th running of the Boston Marathon attracts a million spectators a year. The course is fabled for its beauty and its brutality. Rural Hopkinton is the jumping off point. Then the run winds through countryside and townships till terminating in Boston's Kenmore Square, in the shadows of Fenway Park. But first contestants must conquer Heartbreak Hill -- and their own demons. Search and compare cheap flights to Boston.

ING New York City Marathon - If the Boston Marathon unofficially kicks off prime time North American runs, the ING New York City Marathon finishes them up on November 6. The Big Apple event may not have the history of its New England cousin, but the competition is every bit as tough. The course is a true five-borough affair, drawing the city together. It starts in Staten Island, then makes its way through Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan before finishing up in Central Park. Search and compare cheap flights to New York.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon - Autumn leaves should be falling by the time October 9th rolls around. This is the Upper Midwest, and terrain is flat. Runners can flat out fly. They like the venue because they can push their personal best on the closed-loop course. It starts and ends at Grant Park, winding through a number of Chicago's neighbourhoods. During the first three miles, the course passes through downtown Chicago. Eventually it heads north, along LaSalle Street. Search and compare cheap flights to Chicago.

SSQ Québec City Marathon - Since its start in 1998, the SSQ Québec City Marathon has welcomed 48,000 people to run along the shore of the St. Lawrence River. On August 28, 2011, the 14th one will occur as the biggest international sports event in Greater Québec City. Whether you partake in the marathon, the half marathon, the 10k race, the fundraising Health 5k, or the kids run, there are plenty of ways to celebrate running, walking and fitness in general in Québec City. Search and compare cheap flights to Québec.

San Francisco Marathon - Lots of marathoners find their heart in San Francisco. July 31st is this year's date. The course is out of a guidebook. It begins on the Embarcadero, passes Fisherman's Warf, the Marina and crosses the Golden Gate Bridge. Runners return across the bridge, pass through the Presidio and through Golden Gate Park. Then it's on to Haight Street, and through the Portero and Mission Bay Districts. Look up and behold the Bay Bridge. The finish is just ahead. Search and compare cheap flights to San Francisco.

For those looking for a running experience overseas, the next five marathons to make the global list of Top 10 Marathons take place outside of North America and include: Athens Classic Marathon; Dublin Marathon; Rio de Janeiro Marathon; Virgin London Marathon and the BMW Berlin Marathon. To read all the details, visit

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