Running can be good for your health, but it’s so much better when you have great surroundings to distract you from all the exercise you’re getting. Luckily, there are countless organized runs across North America to train for, and some of them are a treat for the senses.
Chances are, there’s a scenic organized run in your state or province, and if there’s not, it’s a great opportunity to turn the competitive run into a little vacation. Here are eight of these organized runs in the most aesthetically pleasing areas across the U.S. and Canada…
1. Alabama’s Rocket City Marathon
This particular run is nearing it 40th anniversary, but there’s more to this route than longevity. The marathon-length course (26 miles or 42 kilometers). It is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, but keeping with the theme of this article, it’s also one of the scenic in America’s south.
Greatist.com calls the Rocket City Marathon “the grande dame of southern marathons,” which passes through historic downtown Huntsville, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, and even past the Space and Rocket Center, which should serve as inspiration to propel you to the finish line.