This study is going to address an interesting paradox of leisure activities and restorative environments in the context of a destination marathon. A destination marathon offers a specific activity (marathon) in a specific place (destination) which participants seek out for these reasons. For most destination marathon runners, the marathon, usually considered a “fun” activity- often is taken seriously, and involves pain; the destination, usually considered “attractive”- often takes place in an urban setting. This project is going to examine destination marathon runners (marathon runners who have traveled to run a marathon), focusing on what contributes to satisfying and meaningful experiences, and factors important for an ideal place for a marathon. It is hoped that the findings will help create more user-friendly and satisfying environments for running and tourism and will be useful to urban design and management for well-being.