Turning the calendar page to a new year often means setting new goals, pushing new limits, and bettering yourself—whether as a parent, runner, employee, student, or friend.
Setting new goals can also mean finding a big race you want to add to your bucket list, but in the era of COVID-19, the 2021 race calendar is still not entirely clear.
Still, with vaccines being administered and new safety precautions being taken, there is a chance you could plan a new adventure in 2021. And because you’re a runner, shouldn’t you make that an awesome destination race?
With the help of some expert runners and frequent travelers, we rounded up 10 of the most exotic and exciting races*, both in the U.S. and around the world. While our list only features marathons, most of these races include half marathons as well if you want to start with a smaller distance. (If you’re looking to stay strictly stateside, check out our list of iconic American races.) Here are some epic backdrops for your next finish line.