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Great Marathons For Runners Who Want Great Scenery

By Kamryn Mattson

If spending a day running a marathon sounds like the ideal weekend activity, then you probably have considered taking on the big name marathons, such as the Boston Marathon. However, there are a few marathons to consider where the run is not the only thing you will enjoy. Here are some of the country’s most scenic marathon routes.

Enjoy California’s stunning central coast with the Big Sur International Marathon, an annual event held in April. Runners will enjoy vistas of the Pacific Ocean, towering forests, hills and meadows. Music is played along the entire trek, and there also will be medical stations, free water and transportation to the starting line.

Enjoy amazing views of fall foliage during the Twin Cities Marathon, which is held in early October. The marathon course begins in Minneapolis and finishes up in St. Paul, passing by the lake, the Mississippi River and some the best neighborhoods in these two picturesque cities. Local bands entertain spectators and runners all along the way, as well. There are events for the whole family, including games and a family mile event, a diaper dash and a toddler trot.

Running at high altitudes can be both difficult and dangerous. One way to tackle a high-elevation marathon that is a bit easier would be to try the Steamboat Marathon. In this journey, runners take a bus up into the mountains at a starting elevation of more than 8,000 feet. From there you head downhill to a final elevation of just over 6,700 feet in the lovely town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

If you find that muscle soreness is plaguing you and you are worried about the pain affecting your ability to run, consider using a kinetic performance system. Unlike braces or tapes that limit mobility, these systems are flexible and move easily with the body. Created using the principles of kinesiology and physiology, the systems protect the sore muscle and borrow strength and stability from underlying muscles.

There are a variety of systems available and each one was specially designed for a particular area of the body. There are localized and generalized knee systems, lower and upper back systems, shoulder systems and systems for both the outer or inner elbow. Because they use a strong, medical-grade adhesive, they will not come loose during vigorous activity, including your marathon run.

Kamryn Mattson loves blogging about health issues. For additional info about a shoulder pain relief product, or to learn about a kinetic performance systems, please go to the RapidForce website today.

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