26.2 Miles-What could it Mean?

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Susan Cheng writes, 26.

26.2 Miles-What does it mean? Good question. It can mean 42.195 kilometers. To some people, it means the ultimate running challenge. To others, it’s a goal far, far, away. To me, it meant going downtown, staying in Sheraton Denver Hotel, and watching the Denver Marathon 2008. On October 19, 2008, about 10,000 people from all over came to participate in the Denver Marathon Some people don’t know this, but the marathon originated when a Greek messenger ran a certain distance to tell people that they had won the war. The distance was estimated to be 24.85 miles. Then, when Queen Elizabeth ruled, she wanted to see the finish. The marathon was then extended to 26.2 miles. No one knows how far the Greek messenger ran. From there, the marathon has come a long way. The marathon has become more and more popular. Last year the Boston Marathon had 20,638 participants. As it gets famous, more people do it, including celebrities like George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and Mike Hukabee. The world record for the fastest male marathon is owned by Haile Gebrselassie with a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 59 seconds. The women’s world record is held by Paula Radcliffe with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, and 25 seconds. The marathon isn’t as easy as going out and running. For the average person, it takes four months of running four days a week just to finish the marathon. If it takes all this time, why run a marathon? Some people do it to finish. Some do it because it’s there. Others do it to conquer a challenge. The Denver Marathon was on October 19, 2008 downtown in front of the state capitol. The people running the marathon saw places like the public library, Denver Art Museum, Larimer Square, Pepsi Center, Union Station, Coors Field, and many other exciting places. The Denver Marathon isn’t just a marathon, it also contains a half marathon and ING Marathon Relay. Also, the day before the marathon, there was a kid’s fun run. For kids 11-12 and 13-15, there was the one mile event. The ½ mile was for kids 7-8 and 9-10. There was a mini mile for kids 4 and under and 5-6. After the start, all the runners experienced a run of their lives, clocking in at over two hours later for the marathoners. At the end, everyone was cheering on finishers and having a blast. Many even rang cowbells. Seeing the Denver Marathon has been a wonderful experience.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Fantastic review!
    Fantastic review! I *heart* running and LOVE marathons. Great intro, amazing detail. The cowbell thing is a traditional part of running long races – they use it in cross country, too. Great job! Also, good history details.

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