In honor of joining the YMCA. . . [Stolen from 125 who stole from the Internet at Large]]

2 Sep
Some fun facts about marathons, b/c even though I’ll probably never run one, I WILL be buff and cool!
  • Officially the marathon distance 42.195 kilometres or 26 miles and 385 yards.
  • The average man completes the marathon in: 4h, 32min and 8 seconds
  • The average woman completes the marathon in: 5h, 6min, and 8 seconds
  • The current world record was set in the 2008 Berlin Marathon by Haile Gebreslassie of Ethiopia. His time was 2 hours, 3 minutes and 59 minutes.
  • That means his pace was 2:57 per kilometre (4:44 per mile). Which means he runs faster than Toronto’s subway distance. And did you know, elite runners can’t train on treadmills because treadmills are too slow?! Whoa.
  • The women’s world record time is 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds set in the 2003 London marathon by Paula Radcliffe.
  • The world’s oldest marathoner was 92 years old. She finished the Honolulu marathon in 9 hours and 53 minutes. Slow. Clap.
  • In 2010 the world’s largest marathons are (by finishers): New York City (44,977) // London (36,632) // Chicago (36,088 **I was one of them!!**) // Berlin (34,002)
  • In March of 2011 a 400 pound man compelted the 26.2 distance in 9 hours, 48 minutes and 52 seconds.
  • The average woman burns 2,880 calories during the marathon.
  • The average age for a marathon finisher is 38.8 years-old overall (40.5 years-old for men and 36.1 years-old for women).
  • There is a marathon nearly anywhere you can think of, including the Sahara Desert, Mt. Everest, The Antarctic Circle, and The Great Wall of China. [People are crazy]
  • The top 5 most scenic marathons in the world are: 1. Safaricom Marathon, Lewa Game Reserve, Kenya, 2. Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa, 3. Antarctic Ice Marathon, 80 Degrees South, 4. Big Sur International Marathon, Monterrey, California and 5. Honolulu Marathon, Honolulu, Hawaii

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