The biggest and best marathons from around the world

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Women running the London Marathon in 2015Reuters

There are hundreds of marathons held around the world each year, from the North Pole to the Sahara Desert.

With so many marathons, here's Newsround's pick of the biggest and the best.

London Marathon

Runners at the London MarathonReuters

The London Marathon is the best at raising money and holds the record for the largest single annual fundraising event in the world. Since it started in 1981 its has raised a whopping £770 million for charity.

New York Marathon

Runners at the New York MarathonReuters

The New York City Marathon has grown from a race with 55 finishers to the world's biggest and most popular marathon, with nearly finishers in 2015. The route takes competitors through all five boroughs of New York.

Boston Marathon

Runner finishing the Boston MarathonAP

This is the longest running annual marathon in the world. It started back in 1897, inspired by the marathon held at the Summer Olympics in Greece the year before. The Boston Marathon is held in Greater Boston in the state of Massachusetts in America.

North Pole Marathon

North Pole marathonPA

For anyone who doesn't mind freezing conditions, the North Pole Marathon - referred to as the world's coolest marathon - takes place on the top of the world, around the North Pole.

Great Wall Marathon

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This takes place around the world famous Great Wall of China. Since it began in 1999, it has become known as one of the world's most challenging marathons.