10 Extreme Marathons

Competing a grueling marathon isn't challenging enough for some runners.  Woman's Day has a list of ten marathons, some of them run under brutal conditions.  The picture above is from Greenland's marathon.  Others featured include a marathon run up and down the steps of the Great Wall of China, one that starts at 17,000 feet above sea level, and another run at the Dead Sea.

http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Health/Fitness-Exercise/10-Extreme-Marathons.html via The Presurfer

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There are plenty of extreme races. This is a nice list of marathon-distance ones that fit some definition or another of most extreme (even if it's most elvis impersonators).

Ultras are a different beast. We can have a list of extreme races (at any length) later.
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