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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Marathon?
A marathon is a competitive long-distance race spanning 42.2 KM or 26.2 miles.
The BMO Vancouver Marathon in May is Vancouver’s only Marathon, and the host of the BC Marathon Championships.
What is the distance of a Marathon?
A Marathon is equivalent to 42.2 KM or 26.2 miles. A Half Marathon is 21.1KM or 13.1 miles.
What types of running races are there?
There are several race distances for runners to choose from. RUNVAN® offers events ranging from 5KM up to a full Marathon, in addition to shorter distances for kids. Search by distance.
How long do I need to train for a Marathon?
To properly prepare for a Marathon, runners train an average of six to eight months and run four times a week.
You can find a sample 17-week training plan designed by Running Room founder, John Stanton, here.
What is the best weather for running a Marathon?
The optimal condition for running a Marathon is clear skies and temperatures between 10ºC and 18ªC.
Vancouver’s only Marathon event is held annually on the first weekend of May. This is traditionally an ideal time to race in Vancouver, and has proven perfect conditions for running a Marathon or Half Marathon.
What are the most popular destination races?
Some of the most popular Marathons globally are the Boston Marathon, London Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, and New York City Marathon. The BMO Vancouver Marathon, held annually in May Vancouver, Canada, is also among the most popular marathons in the world and according to Forbes Travel GuideM, the top destination marathons. The BMO Vancouver Marathon is a Boston Qualifier that takes runners on a 42.2KM (26.2 miles) adventure past beaches, through natural parks, and along Vancouver’s Seawall – the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path.
When is the Best Time to Race a Marathon
The optimal condition for running a Marathon is clear skies and temperatures between 10ºC and 18ªC. Vancouver’s only Marathon event is held annually on the first weekend of May. This is traditionally an ideal time to race in Vancouver, and has proven perfect conditions for running a Marathon or Half Marathon.
When should you start training for a Marathon
If you’re thinking about running a Marathon, you may be wondering when to start your training. Beginner runners should give themselves at least 5 to 6 months to train for a full marathon. Starting your training well in advance will help to avoid injury and build up your endurance gradually. Ideally, you should start training for a Half Marathon or full marathon at least 16 to 20 weeks before the race. Read Tips on running your first marathon or see Running Room’s John Stanton 17 week training plan.
Why do people run Marathons?
People run marathons for a variety of reasons, including personal goals, physical fitness, mental health, and to build a sense of community. Runners also tackle Marathons as a bucket list goal, to raise money and awareness charity, community, mental and emotional benefits and cardiovascular health. Runners can find community and develop strong friendships in run clubs. Marathons are extremely rewarding.
How long does it take to run a Marathon?
The time it takes to run a marathon can vary greatly depending on the individual. The average marathon finish time is around 4:30. Elite runners are pushing the two hour barrier, in 2019 Eliud Kipchoge became the first runner to break 2 hours, running 1:59:40:2 in Vienna. Regardless of the time it takes to finish a marathon, the accomplishment in itself is significant and should be taken with pride.
How do I run my first Marathon?
Follow a marathon or half marathon training plan for a successful race day. Here is a sample 17-week training plan designed by Running Room founder, John Stanton.
How to train for a marathon?
Six steps on how to train for a marathon:
- Build gradually. Start with a base fitness level and gradually increase your mileage and intensity over several weeks.
- Follow a training plan. You can use a sample 17-week training plan designed by Running Room founder, John Stanton.
- Cross-train. Incorporate other forms of exercise, such as cycling or swimming to strengthen your muscles and reduce the risk of injury.
- Fuel your body. Proper nutrition is crucial for marathon training. XACT ENERGY products, as an example, is a natural way for you to fuel your marathon goals.
- Rest and recover: Rest is just as important as training. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, stretching, and taking rest days to allow your body to recover and rebuild.
- Stay motivated. Find a training partner or join a run crew to help you stay motivated and accountable. If you’re in the Vancouver area, join up with a local run crew.
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