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Antarctic Ice Marathon
Mike King

What do you get when you cross the addictiveness of destination travel with the regimented habits of a typical endurance athlete? Fanatical members of the 50 States Marathon Club and the Seven Continents Club who aim to complete 26.2-mile races around the world. Here are some top stops for these jet-setting marathon runners:

Delaware Marathon
Although Delaware has had its share of marathons, none managed to really gain a foothold until this one began in 2004. Since its inception, the course has been tweaked several times; the current track swings through Wilmington’s lovely parks and riverfront districts. Every May, www.delawaremarathon.org

Paris Marathon
With beautiful sights and breezy online registration, the City of Lights trumps the continent’s other big races. Don’t miss loading up on French pastries at the 5K Breakfast Run the morning prior. Every April, www.parismarathon.com

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The Great Wall Marathon
Klaus Sletting
The Great Wall Marathon
This grueling course incorporates more than 5,000 steps up and down a 7-kilometer stretch of China’s Great Wall. From there, the route meanders through tiny villages, rice fields and the hilly countryside of Tianjin province. Every May, www.great-wall-marathon.com

Antarctic Ice Marathon
The icing on the cake for members of the Seven Continents Club, this is the world’s southernmost marathon, and it treats runners to ice and snow, subzero temperatures and the possibility of katabatic winds. Bonus: high altitudes! Every November, www.icemarathon.com