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  1. What is a Marathon?
  2. What is the best Marathon?
  3. Where was the first marathon located?
  4. What is the distance of a marathon?
  5. What types of running races are there?
  6. How long do I need to train for a marathon?
  7. What is the best weather for running a Marathon?
  8. What are the most popular destination races?

What is a Marathon?
A marathon is a competitive long-distance race.

Where was the first marathon located?
The first marathon was located in Athens Greece in 490 BC.

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What is the distance of a marathon?
The distance of a marathon is 42.4KM.

What types of running races are there?
There are several types of running races, which include:
1. Ultra-Marathon: Above 42.2KM
2. Marathon: 42KM
3. Half Marathon 21.1KM
4. 10KM
5. 8KM
6. Relay
7. Event based races

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How long do I need to train for a Marathon?


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To properly prepare for a marathon train an average of six to eight months and run four times a week. Click here for a full marathon training guide.

What is the best weather for running a Marathon?


The best weather for running a marathon is clear skies and temperatures between 10°C and 18°C.

Vancouver’s only Marathon event is held annually on the first weekend of May. This is traditionally an ideal time to race in Vancouver, Canada. The last few years have proven perfect conditions for running a Marathon or Half Marathon.

Most popular destination races

  • Vancouver Marathon
  • Boston Maraton
  • Tokyo Marathon
  • New York City Marathon
  • Tokyo Marathon
  • Chicago Marathon
  • Rome Marathon
  • The Great Wall Marathon

Visit for more information on popular destination races.


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