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Running a Marathon: How to Find Running Races and Train for a Marathon

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

The marathon, which is a running event, covers a distance of 26.2 miles or 42.195 kilometers (official). Every year, hundreds of marathons are organized in cities and towns around the world. Although it started as a running event in the Olympics, it has become a powerful medium of expressing the collective consciousness of a group of people. Today, many people around the world participate in marathons. In fact these events have so popular lately that many of the major events (New York Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Boston Marathon) have to turn away athletes after the events have filled with over 30,000 runners.


Every year, such events are organized by different groups of people and they often aim to send across a strong message to the people in power, and the global citizens in general. These events often try to make people aware of various social issues:

  • The benefits of staying fit;
  • Harmful diseases and methods of fighting them;
  • Protecting the environment;


People also participate in this even for fun and entertainment as well. However, not too many people are aware of the ways through which they can prepare for this event. Running a marathon is certainly not an easy task, but it is not impossible as well. If people wish to be a part of such running events, they need to prepare themselves physically and mentally, and only then they can accomplish their goals.

Types of other running races

There are other types of big races similar to the marathon. They can be half marathons (13.1 miles), 5K (covering 3.1) and 10K (covering 6.2 miles) etc. There are even shorter distance events which are often used to prepare for marathons. Although the organizers of these events generally do not impose any strict rules and regulations, it is certainly hoped that the participants do not have any serious health condition, and are physically fit enough to complete the event.


In order to prepare for these running events, people have to exercise daily and run distances, in order to attain the level of fitness required. Participants can also strengthen their muscles, especially leg muscles, through weight training 4 to 5 times a week. Besides, they also need to follow a balanced diet, which will provide them with adequate amount of protein to deal with the wear and tear of the muscles. It is also advisable for athletes preparing for marathons to maintain adequate hydration levels. This can be a difficult task especially for those training in hotter climates given the amount of water lost through sweat during training runs. It is recommended that athletes take in excess of 8 liters (2 gallons) of water throughout the course of the day to keep hydrated.

They should also intake enough calories to get the required amount of energy for completing the running event. If you want to be a part of any of the marathons, you will need to be prepared, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Please visit our site for information about how you can find running races, such as the marathon, 5K, and half marathon in your area. If you'd like to discuss races that you've run or plan on running we've create a venue to Discuss Running Races here.

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