Eleven marathons for 2011

The five major marathons of 2011 - Berlin, Boston, London, New York, Chicago - and a selection of slogs that offer something a little different.

Amsterdam's among the flattest of courses, ideal for beginners, while Switzerland's mountainous Jungfrau route is among the most punishing, with nearly 6,000ft of brutal climb.

Tromsø's Midnight Sun event takes advantage of the Norwegian nights (or the lack thereof), Turkey's Intercontinental starts in Asia and ends in Europe, while Paris and Tokyo are among the world's largest and are situated in equally distinct locales.

5th Tokyo Marathon
February 27, Japan
Registration: Closed. 2012 expected to open August 2011.
Fee: ¥12,000 (€110) via English website, ¥10,000 (€90) via Japanese site (2011 prices)
Though not considered one of the five World Marathon Majors, the Tokyo run is nevertheless one of just fifteen marathons included in the IAAF's Gold Label Road Races classification.
http://www.tokyo42195.org

35th Marathon International de Paris
April 10, France
Registration: 2011 closed. 2012 registration expected September 2011, likely to reach capacity by November.
Fee: €60 to €95
The Paris Marathon takes in major landmarks contained within the City of Light during its 42.2 kilometers, with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Louvre, Tuileries, river Seine, Bastille, and the serene Bois de Vincennes park within its route.
http://www.parismarathon.com

31st London Marathon
April 17, UK
Registration: Closed, though charity registration is still possible.
Fee: £100 or thereabouts (€120), according to charity selected.
The world's second largest marathon in 2009 with 35,255 finishers, the London event is also known for its fundraising, with major charities given a set number of entries which they then allocate to sponsored runners.
http://www.virginlondonmarathon.com

115th Boston Marathon
April 18, USA
Registration: Closed. Registration for April 16, 2012 will begin October 2011.
Fee: $130
Successful entrants to the Boston Marathon, one of North America's most prestigious, qualify via completion of a previous marathon within a set time. Eligible marathons are approved by the USA Track & Field association, Athletics Canada, or the Association of International Marathon and Road Races.
http://www.bostonmarathon.org

23rd Midnight Sun Marathon, Tromsø
June 25, Norway
Registration: Open until capacity is reached.
Fee: 900 Kr (€115), less for early registrants.
The Midnight Sun Marathon commences as one would expect at midnight, and yet in full sunlight, taking advantage of the endless daylight hours at the peak of the Scandinavian summer. Participants are advised to register before January 2011, after which hotel accomodation for the race weekend becomes scarce.
http://www.msm.no/midnight-sun-marathon.9866.en.html

19th Jungfrau Marathon
September 10, Switzerland
Registration: Opens February 14, 2011.
Fee: 125 CHF (€85)
The Jungfrau marathon starts in the city streets of Interlaken and soon enters Alpine scenery, climbing to 7,234ft (2,205m) on the Eigergletscher near the end of the race.
http://www.jungfrau-marathon.ch

38th Berlin Marathon
September 25, Germany
Registration: Open until capacity reached.
Fee: €100, less for early registrants
The Berlin Marathon is a festival of long distance races, incorporating an inline skating marathon on Saturday 24 as well as a children's Bambini Run and a mini-marathon.
http://www.real-berlin-marathon.com

35th Chicago Marathon
October 9, USA
Registration: Expected February 1 2011.
Fee: $125 (2010 prices)
One of the World Marathon Majors along with Berlin, Boston, London, and New York. The Chicago Marathon came to prominence in the 1970s and 80s following the increased popularity of long distance running thanks to the New York Marathon and an American gold medal in marathon at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
http://www.chicagomarathon.com

36th Amsterdam Marathon
October 16, The Netherlands
Registration: Closed. Registration for 2012 expected January 2011.
Fee: €55
Said to be an ideal beginner's marathon because of the flat route, and also one of the fastest marathons in the world for the very same reason - winners typically finish in just over 2 hours 5 minutes.
http://www.amsterdammarathon.nl

33rd Intercontinental Istanbul-Eurasia Marathon
October 16, Turkey
Registration: From January 1, 2011.
Fee: TBC
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).
http://www.istanbulmarathon.org

New York Marathon
November 6, USA
Registration: Open until April 19, 2011.
Fee: $167 for New York Road Runners members, $217 for nationals, $292 for internationals
This is the big daddy - the 5 largest marathons have all been instances of the New York Marathon, which spans all five of the city's boroughs. Due to its popularity, places are allocated in advance via a lottery system. Guaranteed places go to New York Road Runners club members, charity fundraisers, those who purchase an official travel package, and competitors who have successfully completed at least fifteen previous NYCMs.
http://www.nycmarathon.org

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