9 Old Marathons That Are Still Around Today

There hasn't always been so much choice in 26.2s. Until a flurry of five marathons from Atlanta to Alaska debuted in 1963, there were only these nine in the U.S. (plus a couple that have since vanished). They've aged well.

February 16: WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY

Greenbelt, Maryland Est. 1962; 198 runners
Chilly weather and post-race chili can be expected on this three-loop run past USDA experimental-crop fields. Gwmarathon.com

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April 21: BOSTON

Est. 1897; limited to a set number of qualifying runners
It's the world's oldest and arguably most prestigious and popular marathon, even (especially?) after the tragedy of 2013. The hardest part for many runners is meeting the challenging qualifying standards. baa.org

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May 4: LONG ISLAND

East Meadow, New York Est. 1958; 677 runners
Half of this 26.2-mile tour of Nassau County is on the Long Island Parkway, and all of it is closed to traffic. run-li.com

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August 17: PIKES PEAK MARATHON

Manitou Springs, Colorado Est. 1956; 800-runner field fills in hours in March
Tough as they come: a trail grind from 6,300 to 14,115 feet and back down. pikespeakmarathon.org

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September 1: HEART OF AMERICA

Columbia, Missouri Est. 1960; 237 runners
Small city, small field—but big hills and big-hearted volunteers. heartofamericamarathon.com

September 21: MAUI

Kahului-Kaanapali, Hawaii Est. 1953; 723 runners
At this prance through paradise, the last 18 miles are alongside the blue Pacific. mauimarathonhawaii.com 

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September 28 (tentative): YONKERS

Yonkers, New York Est. 1907; 196 runners
Best known for its hills and history, it's the world's second-oldest marathon. theyonkersmarathon.com

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October 19: ATLANTIC CITY

Atlantic City, New Jersey Est. 1958; 1,100 runners
Flat and mostly hugging the Jersey shore, nine miles are right on the boardwalk. acmarathon.org 
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November 23: PHILADELPHIA

Est. 1954; 16,000 runners
Parks, neighborhoods, historic sites, and a Rocky-like finish near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Adrian!"philadelphiamarathon.com 

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