One of the best marathons in the world is the London Marathon. Find out about its origins and upcoming scheduled run.
Chris Brasher was the kind of man who didn’t look the part. His glasses were big and thick. His smile was crooked and slightly curled. And, his legs weren’t the kind that would ever be pictured on the cover of a box of Wheaties. Yet, none of these things stopped him from doing great things and creating one of the best marathons in the world.
It all started years after a stint as an under-rated runner and long career in journalism. Brasher had just come back from New York and running in the famed Boston Marathon when an idea hit him. He decided it would be great to bring the same type of marathon over to his home territory of London. So, with the help of an old running mate, Brasher brought to life the popular London Marathon. And in 1981, his dream came to life.
You may be wondering by now what makes the London Marathon so special. Well, it’s one of the best marathons in the world for three reasons: the trail, the runners and the money. Here’s a break down of each:
The London Marathon trail is a historic one that follows along the River Thames (south side and north side). It’s a trail that allows the runner to see a variety of landmarks such as the Tower of London, Clipper Ship and Cutty Sark. As a result, the runners in this marathon not only get to stimulate their bodies, but also their brains which serves for great memories and, at minimum, interesting bar room chatter.
The London marathon is a run that attracts a variety of people. Some folk are locals and other foreigners. However, they all get together for at least one common reason, which is to tackle the London Marathon. The fun part of it all is to see the different groups dressed in humorous customs in an effort to push their separate agendas or stand apart from other runners. It makes for a very festive day and also gives spectators (along with the media) something to catch on camera.
No, the type of money most people gather for in the London Marathon is not prize money. It’s actually in an effort to raise money for charity. Although the figures aren’t firm, it is estimated that, since its origin, the London Marathon has raised over 300 million for charity. It’s a number that keeps rising each year and the main reason for certain people to join in on the run. It also gives major athletes a chance to raise awareness about their specific cause and help out their fellow man.
So, are you ready to put on your Nike’ s yet? The next London Marathon is scheduled for April 26, 2009. If you go to the Website for the London Marathon at
http://www.london-marathon.co.uk , you can get details right now. It’s not too late to sign up. Remember, it’ll be one of the best marathons you’ve ever run.