Training for a marathon is no small matter. With an official distance of 26.21875 miles or 42.165 kilometers a marathon is not a race to undertake if you are unprepared. That said, people have been running marathons for more than one hundred years, and the marathon has roots in greek history, where it is said that after the Persians had been defeated at the Battle of Marathon, Pheidippides, a greek soldier ran all the way to Athens to announce the victory, and then promptly expired. These days people no longer die while running a marathon, but it is still quite an accomplishment to complete a marathon, let alone be competitive while doing so. The current world record time for completeing a full marathon is a scant 2 hours 4 minutes and 55 seconds, held by Paul Tergat in 2003, but most people are generally happy finishing in a more reasonable five hours or so. If you are interested in running a marathon you should peruse our collection of marathon tips, shown below.
Are you treating yourself to a marathon in the near future? Well, welcome to our "marathon supermarket". Here we invite you to shop around for the marathon course just for you. You will find descriptions of all the marathons available to us (and always growing) so you can compare the courses and see which marathon looks good to you according to hills, parks, and city centers. Explore the marathons of the world here.