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Rio Marathon RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, JUNE 18 Ev­ery bit as stunning as your imag­i­na­tion is telling you. From the start in Re­creio – where you’ll be up early enough to watch the sun rise over the At­lantic – to the fin­ish in Fla­mengo Park, 25 of the 26.2 miles are run along the coastal road, which means you’ll have sea breezes, beach views, palm trees, bob­bing fishing boats, Sugar Loaf moun­tain and the watch­ful eye of the Christ the Redeemer statue to keep you com­pany all the way. DI­RECT FLIGHTS FROM... £844rtn from London Heathrow. WHILE YOU’RE THERE... Visit Ti­juca Na­tional Park, where you can clam­ber to the top of Pico da Ti­juca to take in the views of Gua­n­abara Bay and the rest of the city of Rio be­low. marathonado­rio.com Kau­nas Marathon KAU­NAS, LITHUA­NIA, JUNE 11 This year will be the fifth out­ing of a race de­signed to show­case the best of this his­toric city in the cen­tre of Lithua­nia. Be­gin­ning in the 16th-cen­tury main square, you’ll be taken on a grand tour of what’s what in Lithua­nian ar­chi­tec­ture from Me­dieval, Gothic, Re­nais­sance, Baroque and Mod­ernist, to the Soviet era and mod­ern times. The 14th­cen­tury Kau­nas Cas­tle is a high­light,

DI­RECT FLIGHTS FROM... £82rtn from Bris­tol, London and Ed­in­burgh

WHILE YOU’RE THERE... Pay a visit to the slightly odd Devil’s Mu­seum, which houses a col­lec­tion of over 3,000 paint­ings, carv­ings and sculp­tures of devils from around the world. An en­ter­tain­ing af­ter­noon out for the princely sum of €3. kau­nas­marathon.lt

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