Marathon: 1 of 7
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Total distance run: 42.2 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 1 hr 35 min
Route summary: We kick off with the official Copenhagen city marathon. Covering most of central Copenhagen, runners get to experience the different atmospheres and moods of the city. The course has a complete flat elevation (91m) profile. A genuine city marathon, the course showcases all the central parts of Copenhagen, its impressive architecture and best highlights.
Interesting fact: Home to the happiest people in the world.
Marathon: 2 of 7
Location: Scandia, Sweden
Total distance run: 84.4 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 5 hrs 12 min
Route summary: Marathon number 2 you’ll find yourself in the peaceful serenity of the Söderåsen National park, which is located in Scania in southern Sweden. This is one of two courses over the seven days that has a different start and end point – you’ll start in the quaint town of Åstorp and make your way over Sweden’s highest point above sea level (212m) towards the finish line in Röstånga. The breathtaking scenery on this route just about nullifies the 788 meters of climbing required to complete this marathon.
Interesting fact: Sweden is renowned for producing great pop bands including ABBA, The Cardigans, Ace of Base, Europe and The Hives.
Marathon: 3 of 7
Location: Lübeck, Germany
Total distance run: 126.6 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 5 hrs 41 min
Route summary: Marathon number 3 takes you to the historical German town of Lübeck. Run along the old borders of the Federal Republic and the GDR. We follow the track of the German-German Border Trail, which has commemorative sites, memorial stones and preserved border installations. Then head along small country roads towards the old Hanseatic town of Lübeck. This course has a magic mix of history, nature and architecture with the old part of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Interesting fact: Lübeck is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because of its extensive Brick Gothic architecture
Marathon: 4 of 7
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Total distance run: 168.8 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 3 hrs 17 min
Route summary: Starting just opposite Nelson Mandela park South East of the city, you make your way along the Amstel river toward the city centre passing some of Amsterdam’s best-known sites including; The Olympic stadium, Sex Museum, Anne Frank’s house, The Cheese museum and many more. The highlight of this marathon is without a doubt commemorating the halfway mark (3.5 marathons) with an ice-cold beer straight from the vats of the Heineken brewery.
Interesting fact: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is located a few meters below sea level.
Marathon: 5 of 7
Location: Brugge, Belgium
Total distance run: 211 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 1 hr
Route summary: From Brugge to the Belgian seaside town of De Haan this marathon becomes about reflection and storytelling between fellow athletes. It will take you through the lush green farmlands of Flanders, the beaches of Belgium and canals that make their way back to your starting point in Brugge. Refuel with crepes at 32km before making the final stretch back to the finish where you’ll be rewarded with pint of the best beer that Belgium has to offer.
Interesting fact: A Belgian artist is the only person to have art on the moon.
Marathon: 6 of 7
Location: Dunkirk, France
Total distance run: 253.3 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 3 hrs 26 min
Route summary: Aptly positioned, the history associated with the route you run in Dunkirk will ensure that there is no moaning about the challenge ahead. This marathon is about paying homage to the hundred thousand British and French soldiers who lost their lives to fight for their country. Along the 15km beach stretch, you pass Dunkirk beach bunkers, remains of an old ship wreck and pretty French seaside architecture. After this marathon, you’ll have no excuse to not know all about project Dynamo.
Interesting fact: The British Army lost 68,000 soldiers (dead, wounded, missing, or captured) from 10 May until 22 June.
Marathon: 7 of 7
Location: Surrey, England
Total distance run: 295.4 km
Travel time to next marathon start: Zero
Route summary: The final marathon starts and ends in the UK’s beautiful county of Surrey. Starting at the top of Leith Hill, the second highest point in the South East of England, runners make their way 42km north towards 777 victory. You’ll climb 546 meters through the Surrey Hills, up to the top of Box Hill, through a number of English country towns before crossing the finish line along the banks of the Thames river.
Interesting fact: Runners pass Denbies, the largest Vineyard in England, on the way to the final finish line.
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