The London Marathon

The London Marathon is a running race that is just over 26 miles (42 kilometres) in distance. It is held during the spring of each year in London. The London Marathon was held in March 1981, and the number of entrants has increased each year. There are many different aspects to the race, including a wheelchair race, which is very exciting to watch. However, amateur runners make up the bulk of the runners. I consider myself an amateur runner, and one day I hope to finish in the top third. With a little dedication and lots of practice I will get there!

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Like other events of this nature, the race earns millions of pounds for charity. The London Marathon is said to be the largest annual fund raising event in the world. Along with the Berlin, Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Tokyo marathons, the London Marathon is part of what is known as the World Marathon Majors. Points are awarded to top finishers in these races over a two year period. 500,000 Dollars, or about 330,000 Pounds is awarded to the male runner who accumulates the most points in the World Marathon Majors. Additionally, an identical amount is awarded to the female runner accumulating the most points from those races.

I am an avid track fan who has always been fascinated by the shorter races. With the emergence of the East African runners, Kenyans in particular, I am in awe of the marathon runners. It was this fascination that led me to enter the New York City marathon in 2008.  Regrettably, I did not finish the race, but I was not deterred and set my sights on the London Marathon. In 2011, I took part in that race.

The scenery was beautiful. We ran around the River Thames, an inner suburban area of southeast London called Blackheath, and finished on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch. Incidentally, I did finish the race. At one time, I was able to glance the backs of the Kenyan runners, led by Emmanuel Mutai. Later I learned that the Kenyans took the first three places in the race.

©Mike__Lawrence/flickr.com Whether as a spectator or ‘runner’, I recommend the London Marathon. You can’t beat the scenery. The female race is equally entertaining. Times run by the female participants in many instances are better than the times run by many male participants.

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