Welcome to Marathon Tours & Travel

Exploring the Seven Continents One Stride at a Time.

Founded by runner and travel visionary Thom Gilligan in 1979, Marathon Tours & Travel (MTT) is a longstanding recognized leader and innovator in the destination travel industry for runners and their supporters. With offices in Boston (USA), Manchester (UK) and Adelaide (Australia), we are truly a global running travel company.

We are an approved International Tour Operator to many marathons and other running events, including the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM), which consist of the Boston Marathon, TCS London Marathon, TCS New York City Marathon, BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Tokyo Marathon, and candidate races – the Sydney Marathon and Cape Town Marathon.

Our global team of Trip Designers, Trip Leaders and Trip Specialists makes each trip we offer unique and special. We have sought out the best in the industry to ensure your experience exceeds your expectations. The combined knowledge and experience of the current Team far outweighs others in the endurance sports travel industry. We look forward to our continued growth and providing a high-quality experience at the best value to YOU – our client.

What can Marathon Tours & Travel offer me?


Our passion is running and travel. We have team of professionals on hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly.


We offer you guaranteed race entry to running events around the world as part of an exciting travel package.


We look after all the logistics so you can focus on what really matters – your race and enjoying the local sights.

Marathon Tours & Travel has more than 43 years’ experience offering travel services to runners and their travel companions. Our staff consists of career travel professionals who have combined experience of over 100 years.

We offer both group packages and individually customized travel arrangements. Check out the Featured Races to learn more about over 40 of the world’s most popular running events and our special group rates. These packages include many exclusive features including guaranteed entry into such events as the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Additionally, we have created races in Antarctica and Madagascar for our clients to experience.

Be sure to check our Runners Country Club page for frequent updates on new locations that we have planned.

Run on all Seven Continents

Want to run a marathon on all seven continents? Why not join the Seven Continents Club®️ and receive some VIP benefits the next time that you travel with us. As the official travel agency for the BAA Boston Marathon, we guarantee the lowest hotel rates at over 30 hotels in the city. We understand how important your marathon and trip is to you. You want to trust your travel plans with a company who has been in it for the long run.

Don’t take our word for it! Read what some of our past travelers have to say about their running adventures.

Events By Type


We have a passion for all things running and travel. What better way to combine the two as you feel the buzz of a running event, while exploring the sights and sounds of some of the most spectacular destinations on earth! We can offer you entry, transport, accommodation, local reps on the ground to help during your trip, and everything in-between, giving you the chance to focus on what really matters – the start line and the sights. 

Abbott World Marathon Majors

The 6 Abbott Word Marathon Majors are the flagship events of international Marathon running.

We are very pleased to offer travel packages to World Marathon Major events with the option to buy guaranteed entry as part of a travel package.

Ultra & Adventure Marathons

If you prefer to run off the beaten track, or just fancy a change of scenery, take on one of our adventure marathons! These range from the icy shores of Antarctica to the sandy dunes of the Petra Desert. These are unique races that should be on everyone’s bucket list so get your place now and make 2023 your year of adventure!

Half Marathons & 10k’s

Marathon Tours are pleased to offer runners travel packages to international half marathon or 10K events. Taking part in a half marathon or 10K gives runners the chance to experience the thrill of running a half marathon or 10K event, while exploring a new town or city. We can offer you guaranteed entry, accommodation, guided support and more. We focus on the logistics, so you can focus on taking part and enjoying your surroundings. 

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