Marathon Distance Facts and Training for Beginners
The marathon distance is something many runners dream of completing. For some, completing the event is enough. For others, being able to run the marathon within a certain time is their goal. Whatever the motivation, the experience of running a marathon is extremely powerful.
Read about essential marathon knowledge to understand what makes the distance so special. Inspired to try your first marathon? There’s training tips and links to marathon training plans as well.
MARATHON DISTANCE ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGEHOW LONG IS A MARATHON?
A marathon is 42.195 kilometers or 26.2 miles.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE MARATHON?
The first “marathon” took place in Greece. The legend of the marathon goes that while a Greek soldier named Philippides was fighting a war in the ancient city of Marathon, he needed to return to Athens to relay an important war-related message. So he ran the entire distance (approximately 40 kilometers or 25 miles) and then died after delivering his message.
The marathon has been a part of the Olympics since it began in 1896.
WHAT ARE THE FASTEST MARATHON TIMES?
Here are the top three fastest official marathons ever run:
TIMENAMENATIONALITYCOURSEDATE2:01:39Eliud KIPCHOGEKenyaBerlin (GER)16 SEP 20182:01:41Kenenisa…
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