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15 Best Marathons for First-Timers to Run

Looking to lace up and log your first 26.2? We've scouted out the coolest courses and races with the best perks for you to sign up for.
Paris Marathon For Vacation Goers

Sure, you want to run a marathon -- but the Paris Marathon will also give you an excuse to tour the heart of the City of Light. Starting at the famed Champs-Elysees, the course runs by the Louvre, along the Seine, and past the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral. It's one of the five biggest marathons in the world, with more than 30,000 finishers from 100+ countries last year. Still, it's a relatively flat route, making it a good one for novices. And no matter what your level, nothing beats post-race refueling with Parisian crepes.