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Inca Trail Marathon is a runner's high in Peru
Inca Trail Marathon is a runner's high in Peru

— There's really no better way to see a place than by foot. Even if the path is 26.2 miles and goes over a 13,800-foot mountain pass. And it's a race. Running a marathon in June along the Inca Trail, high in the Peruvian Andes, seemed like a good idea when I signed up for this trip nine months earlier. Although this marathon left me gasping — because of the scenery, I'm sure — it was worth it once I reached the Sun Gate and viewed the finish line — the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu — a short distance below. Arriving on foot, just as the Incas did, made this journey profound. And running it felt like an even greater...

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