Add a gorgeous water view to those 26.2 miles and you have a destination doubly worth training for. From California to Maine, here are six great races by the sea.
November 13, 2016
The Outer Banks are both wildly beautiful and deeply historic, and this late fall marathon will show you plenty of both along its fast and flat route. The course begins right at Kitty Hawk, the birthplace of American aviation, and meanders from there along beautiful Albemarle Sound—keep your eyes peeled for herons and egrets. At mile 8 you skirt the location of the Wright brothers’ first flight, and from miles 12 to 13 you run below the East Coast’s largest sand dune—the base of daily hang glider flights. The remaining miles offer some incredible views, including the arch of the Washington Baum Bridge and Roanoke Island.
RUNNERS KNOW: Miles 10 to 12.5 cut through the peaceful and lush Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve and follow a hard-pack dirt road, which is the most challenging part of the route;