Taking on a marathon can be a very daunting task, especially if you’re new or perhaps not physically fit enough to be running for long periods of time.
If that’s the case then a walking marathon might be the perfect option for you.
It’s a great way to get into marathoning and it will help build your confidence as well as improve your fitness levels.
It also allows you to enjoy the scenery and take in all the wonderful sights along the route.
There are many different types of walks available and in this article, I’ll explain my top ten picks for a walking marathon!
1. Walt Disney World Marathon
This is my absolute favorite pick! Can you think of a better or more magical place to walk around than Disney World?
The views from the parks are amazing and there are so many things to see and do.
You could even run through the Magic Kingdom and end up at Epcot which would be an awesome surprise for your friends and family.
This is one of the most popular races in Florida and the course itself is easy to follow. You just need to make sure you have good shoes with a good grip on them.
The race starts at 7 am and finishes at 12 pm. You can choose to start either before or after the park opens.
2. Portland Marathon
Another great choice for a walking marathon, the Portland Marathon takes place every year in Oregon and has been going strong since 1985.
The course is flat and scenic and you can expect plenty of people cheering you on as you go past. The best thing about this race is that it’s free!
3. New York City Half Marathon
If you live in New York City then you should definitely consider taking part in this fantastic event.
The half marathon is a great distance to cover in a short amount of time and the course is relatively flat making it ideal for those who want to take it easy but give it a try.
4. Playtex MoonWalk
This is another great fun option that isn’t very far at all.
The Playtex MoonWalk is a 3-mile fun run where you must complete two laps of a moonwalk track while wearing a pair of specially designed shoes.
5. Boston Half Marathon
If you’ve never done a marathon before then why not try something a little shorter like the Boston Half Marathon? This is a great opportunity to try something new without having to commit to a full marathon.
You don’t have to worry about getting lost because the course is clearly marked, and there are hundreds of walking competitors at every single event, ensuring you won’t be left on your own as the serious runners take off.
6. Cleveland Half Marathon
The Cleveland Half Marathon is held annually in Ohio and is considered the fastest-growing half marathon in the US.
The race starts off in downtown Cleveland and takes runners through some beautiful neighborhoods.
Cleveland is a city known for its architecture and art, and this race offers a unique chance to explore these areas.
7. Jazz Half Marathon
The Jazz Half is a flat course with a generous four-hour time limit. There are two loops on each side of the course.
The out-and-back loop features a finish line in Lafayette square.
After crossing the finish line, racers can enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans. Then head back to the starting point and start over again.
This is perfect for anyone wanting to walk the marathon.
8. Loveland Half Marathon
The Loveland Half Marathon in Ohio is a rolling hills course that goes around the river. There is also a walking division.
The race awards 10 year age groups within this division. Those who enter the walking division will not be allowed to run any part of the course.
This means it’s a great option for those only wanting to walk – there’s no pressure of running because it’s against the rules!
9. Seaside Half Marathon
The seaside half marathon is held every year in Ventura, California.
This race takes place during the summer months and has a very low probability of precipitation. Temperatures tend to be warm during this time of year.
It takes about four hours to complete the course and is really flat so it should be a nice easy walk with the benefit of a beautiful view. Because let’s face it – who doesn’t like to be beside the seaside!
10. Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon
The Shamrock Half Marathon, held in Virginia Beach, is a fun race with a great party after the race.
Everyone gets together for an awesome celebration! It’s a really massive race and over 20,000 cross the finish line every year so you should feel safe in the knowledge that you can complete this race! It has a four-hour time limit too, and as it’s a flat sea-level course you should be able to walk this easy as anything.
As you can see there are loads of marathons that facilitate walkers, so please don’t be put off trying one for the first time.
They are super fun and rewarding, so I would always encourage you to give it a try. Everything is worth a go at least once after all!
If you are still feeling a little nervous, here are a few last tips for you. Search into the race information and its time limits.
As long as you know the distance that you need to cover and how long you’ve got to cover it, you can get training.
If it seems too much, try and find a smaller marathon distance that does suit you. You can also check the finish results for previous years, if those times seem doable for you then why not give it a go! There are usually course maps so you can get a general idea of the terrain to see if it’s flat enough for you!