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From the redwoods to the sea, here are some more marathons to test your mettle

If you’re looking for an encore to your L.A. Marathon, opportunities abound in some of the most picturesque locations in California and the West. There are races along the coast, the desert or through giant redwoods. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, and your tax refund is burning a hole in your fanny pack, challenge yourself to a run along the Great Wall of China  on May 21.

Meanwhile, among some of the interesting options, here and afar:

Big Sur International Marathon, among the most beautiful races in the world, this year’s race has sold out. But charity registrations are still available, as well as shorter distances. April 24.

Avenue of the Giants, a marathon and half marathon through Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California. May 1. Info:

Wild Wild West Marathon, lovable Lone Pine stages this race from the base of the Sierra through the Alabama Hills. May 7. Info:

Kona Marathon, will start and finish at the Waikoloa Bowl on the Kohala Coast. June 26. Info:

San Francisco Marathon, starts at Ferry Building, includes Golden Gate and AT&T Park before returning to Ferry Building. July 31. Info:

Salinas Valley Half Marathon, runs through vineyards and fields of lettuce, Aug. 6. Info:

Hayden Lake Marathon, near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, at the height of fall. Oct. 15. Info:

Half Marathon on Monterey Bay, if you missed out on Big Sur, check out this photogenic 13-miler. Nov. 13. Info:

Pasadena Half Marathon, a popular post-holiday run that finishes on the field at the Rose Bowl. Jan. 22, 2017. Info:

Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon, mostly flat course bathed with ocean breezes. Feb. 5, 2017. Info:

More info: There are dozens of marathon and half marathons a month in California alone. For a more complete list, go to!half-marathons-california/cin9


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