aA
A new global study by The Sole Supplier, Europe’s leading sneaker news and retail platform, analysed 81 global IAAF-certified marathon courses.
Niujorko maratonas
Niujorko maratonas
© Shutterstock

To make things simpler, The Sole Supplier, Europe’s leading sneaker news and retail platform, has standardised the latest data available for key categories - including the number of toilet and medical stations, average finish time, entry fees, air pollution levels and the quality of local accommodation - to rank marathons around the world from best to worst.

Of the 81 global IAAF-certified marathon courses studied, Germany’s Haspa Marathon Hamburg takes the top spot, scoring an impressive 7.57 out of 10 thanks to its low starting entry fee (€66) and favourable altitude (8 metres above sea level).

It also has lots of toilet stations (42 along the course) and an average temperature of 12.3°C, which according to experts, is only 1.8°C higher than the ideal running temperature of 10.5 °C.

In second place is the International Vienna City Marathon, scoring 7.45 out of 10. The course scores a perfect 10 for its number of toilet stations (43 in total) and has a low risk of rainfall (8.32/10).

Vienna also boasts the fifth fastest average marathon finish time in the world of 4:00:01 (or 7.09/10), thanks to its favourable environmental conditions. It’s no wonder pro-athlete Eliud Kipchoge recently chose the city to run the world’s first sub two-hour marathon.

Cracovia Marathon in Poland (7.02/10), Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon in Lithuania (6.93/10) and Wizz Air Cluj Marathon in Romania (6.89/10) complete the top five.

Best marathons
Best marathons
© Bendrovės nuotr.

The marathons with the lowest overall scores are the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon, scoring just 3.69/10, followed by city marathons in Delhi (4/10), Singapore (4.18/10), Nairobi (4.24/10) and Ho Chi Minh City (4.3/10).

Runners at the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon may find their performance affected by poor air quality, with the city’s air pollution score reaching 121. To put this into perspective, the 10 marathons with the cleanest air all score lower than 15. The H C Anderson Marathon in Denmark has the cleanest air of any world marathon (scoring 2).

Worst marathons
Worst marathons
© Bendrovės nuotr.

Kuala Lumpur is further let down by its high average race day temperature of 32°C (21.5°C above the optimal 10.5 °C temperature). Its scores for the quality of local accommodation (1.56/10) and the number of medical aid stations along the course (2.29/10) are also low, meaning runners’ safety may be put at risk.

DELFI EN
It is forbidden to copy the text of this publication without a written permission from DELFI.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

The Roop gets place in final in next year Eurovision selection

Lithuania will hold a national Eurovision selection next year, and this year's winner The Roop, a...

Sociologist Audronė Telešienė: stay connected and choose reliable information sources

After the World Health Organization (WTO) declared the COVID-19 virus outbreak a pandemic,...

New research suggests climate change could reduce lifespan among hundreds of species

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast and Tel Aviv University in Israel have carried out one...

Hundreds of fans ask for refund of tickets to Zalgiris' Euroleague game

Several hundred basketball fans have asked for refunds of their tickets to the upcoming Friday game...

Vilnius is 7th most accessible city in Europe

Vilnius came in 7th place beating many other European tourist hotspots.

Top news

President signs into law tougher penalties for breaking quarantine rules

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has signed into law a legislative package introducing tougher...

811 coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Sunday morning, there were 811 COVID-19 cases in Lithuania. 10 deaths related to the novel...

Lithuania's Devold says could make 100,000 medical coveralls by late summer

Norwegian-owned Lithuanian textile manufacturer Devold says it could producer around 100,000...

10th coronavirus death reported

Another patient infected with COVID-19 died in Lithuania on Saturday, bringing the country's death...

Lithuania no longer allows cars from Russia, Belarus to enter

A ban for passenger cars to enter Lithuania from Belarus and Russia have come into force on...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina