The world’s top running marathons you should know

Are you fond of running? How about marathon running?

Surely, you’ve contemplated participating in the local running marathon in your area even just once. Well, if you’re trying out marathon running for the first time, why don’t you go long and go big?

That said, here are some of the world’s top running marathons you should know.

New York City Marathon

A world-famous marathon, thousands of runners flock to New York City yearly to participate in the TSC New York City Marathon. Starting back in 1970 when mere 55 runners ran laps around Central Park, the marathon has since grown into one of the largest, if not the largest, marathons in the world.

Nowadays, over 50,000 people take part in the event every year.

The race is known to cover all five of the city’s boroughs, with the course starting at Staten Island and usually ending after 20+ miles.

Boston Marathon

Starting in 1897 following the heels of the first modern marathon at the 1896 Olympics, boasts of its historic course which starts from Hopkinton and goes through Heartbreak Hill to end up at Boylston Street.

The world’s oldest annual marathon is always held on Patriots’ Day, giving out a celebratory vibe to the participating crowd. It’s also known as one of the best road racing events and actually one of the six World Marathon Majors.

Runners take pride in participating in the marathon as being able to do is an achievement in itself.

London Marathon

Dating its beginnings from March 29, 1981, the London Marathon is always held every year during Spring.

Whenever April comes, the streets of London transform into a weaving race course for the participating runners amidst the roaring crowds of spectators. Over 35,000 runners run across the River Thames and along the Tower Bridge, catching sights of iconic landmarks such as the Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben.

More than the historic sites, the participants are also treated with entertainment and crazy costumes along the way.

Berlin Marathon

One of the largest and most popular road races in the world, the Berlin Marathon first started in 1974. When you participate in this marathon, you’ll be seeing the Siegessule column, the State Opera House and the Brandenburg Gate at the finish line.

The participants run a total distance of over 42 kilometers. Boasting of a flat and fast course, it’s known for being used by marathon runners who set many world records. As the marathon includes power walking, inline skating, wheelchair riders hand biking and more, it usually lasts for a total of two days.

Of course, these are just some of the world’s top running marathons. There are still more out there. Now, are you thinking of trying out these marathons yourself? Well, make sure that you’re well-prepared when you embark into it. Best of luck to you!

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Adidas to join in the 5K run in New York

A 5K run kicked off at Adidas’ Sport Performance store in SoHo, with runners in the latest Adidas Ultra Boost running gear, which Adidas claims is “best running shoe ever.”

The competitors started off by racing through the New Museum to the beat of a group of street drummers. They followed this by crashing The Box where there was a Springsteen cover band performing a concert for a live audience. They also had the opportunity to race against two champions at the Lower East Side’s Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Then they stopped at Bacaro restaurant for a quick toast.

Among the participants were model and dancer Ally Love, blogger and running coach Robin Arzon and fitness guru MC Barao. All were equipped with the brand’s high-performance Ultra Boost running sneakers.

Fitness and running influencers were invited to participate based on how their personas and style encompass sport, how well they identify with the Adidas brand, their creativity on social and the community they have built,” said Ashley Czarnowski, senior manager of brand communications for Adidas in the US.

The influencers that were selected for the event had to embody the Adidas brand using their own personality and style, be creative on social media, and have a considerable following on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms. Consumers can follow their favorite participants via social media throughout the 3.1 miles.

“Built-in social media moments throughout the course ensured consumers could watch participants’ experiences in real time through a variety of artistic lenses, copy and creative,” Czarnowski added.

Listen runners: pace-setters no longer allowed in Chicago Marathon

The Chicago Marathon has announced that it will no longer use a pace-setter, starting from the race on October 11, 2015, according to the reports of Chicago Tribune. It will be the first time that the marathon won’t be using these “helpers” since Carey Pinkowski, the race director, took over the leadership in 1990.

“We have always tried to blend pace and competition,” Pinkowski said in the interview. “But the athletes relied too much on the pace up front, and the chemistry of the competition has become too much about settling in behind the rabbits. Without the rabbits, the leaders need a much greater level of concentration. That will allow us to see more tactics, strategy and competition throughout the race.”

Pace-setter, or “rabbits,” are the runners used in racing on the roads and tracks in order to help athletes set a pace ideal in the early stages of a race. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, it was the 2014 Berlin Marathon that the rabbits were used for a minimum of 18.6 miles. It was the same marathon where Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto broke the world record.

Some believe that the use of these rabbits creates a less interesting race. It also removes a part of the responsibility for the decision of the runners at the beginning of the race, according to Milwaukee.

“This is a place where people always have come to run fast,” Pinkowski told the Tribune. “Great competition produces great performances.”

Pinkowski remains optimistic on the fact that the absence of a pace-setter cannot prevent the Chicago Marathon from getting a world record in the future, as well as a national record.

Reportedly, the Rabbits are not allowed in the other two U.S. marathon majors, namely Boston and New York.

Would you run a marathon your period? Find out why one brave woman decided to do just that.

Kiran Gandhi recently participated in the London Marathon, while on her period. She has taken the decision to run while menstruating and her actions received a lot of criticism.

The global discussion that ensued in the course of the last week has revealed that in reality there is more stigma associated with monthly periods than we ever imagined.

She ran the length of the 26.2-mile race as blood came down her legs. She says that she took the decision to run as she did to increase awareness about women around the world who have no access to feminine products. She added that she wants women to not be ashamed of their periods.

Consider how women in developing countries are influenced by secrecy and taboo. Our culture says they must hide their monthly flow, in spite of the fact that it may be unsustainable or too expensive to clean.

Even women who can use pieces of cloth to absorb the blood do not always have private places at school or at work for change. As a result, they choose to skip school or work as a less shameful alternative.

If women continue to participate in public life in the developing world, they are constantly placed in a situation of economic disadvantage.

Gandhi says there several reasons why women continue to be ashamed of their periods:

“We do not have a comfortable vocabulary to speak about it – education is missing and myths fill the gap,” she says.

For example, she says that many people called what she has done unhygienic. Gandhi says that women have been taught to pretend that their periods do not exist.

A marathon in and of itself, is a centuries-old symbolic act. So why not use it as a way to draw light, she said, on women who have no access to tampons and, in spite of the cramps and the pain, to hide away, as if they do not exist?

I think we can all applaud Kiran’s actions and congratulate her on her bravery.

Uh-oh! Russian runner stripped of Marathon Titles

Liliya Shobukhova

Russian long-distance runner Liliya Shobukhova, was stripped of her Chicago and London marathon titles after the International Association of Athleticsconfirmed that all of her results from 2009 were annulled.

IAAF notified the marathons that Shobukhova has officially received a prohibition of doping, according to the results on her biological passport. Shortly before her phenomenal run at the World Marathon Majors started, the association disqualified all her results after Oct. 9, 2009.

But it’s not only the titles that are going to be stripped from the Russian runner. According to the Chicago Tribune, the World Marathon Major series also want Shobukhova to return the prize money too.

Over $1.5 million prize had been won by Shobukhova since 2009, which included the one million bonus she received from the 2009-2010 World Marathon Majors Series.

“In accordance with IAAF rule 40.8, the Chicago Marathon will not be responsible for retroactively paying athletes and re-allocating the prize money unless or until Shobukhova repays all of her prize money,” Chicago Marathon organizers said in a statement.

The Chicago Marathon, said Thursday that it will be “begin taking steps to annul” results from 2009-2012 races.

According to the world governing body for athletics, Shobukhova’s suspension, which was an original two-year ban from January 2013, would extend until March 2016.

In addition to that, her results from the last six years were also removed out of the record books.

It was back in 2010 that Shobukhova won the London Marathon. The following year, she finished second. While her Chicago titles were won in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Shobukhova had been the only person to win three straight Chicago Marathons.