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Marathons

Marathons are grueling tests of human endurance and they draw large crowds of both runners and onlookers. Marathons have been around for ages and are expremely popular events for running enthusiasts. Check out this section to learn all about marathons.

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How the Paris Marathon Works

If you're a marathon runner with an appreciation for stunning locales, then the Marathon de Paris may be for you. But how do you register, and what does the course have to offer?


Kathrine Switzer's Trailblazing Boston Marathon Run Was 50 Years Ago

Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a registered participant. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Could Humans Break the Two-hour Marathon Barrier?

To finish a marathon in under two hours, someone would have to run 26.2 miles at a pace of 4 minutes and 34 seconds per mile. How is that possible? See more »

Top 5 Walker-friendly Marathons

The top 5 walker-friendly marathons are huge events. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the top 5 walker-friendly marathons. See more »

5 Biggest Marathons

The 5 biggest marathons are huge events. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the 5 biggest marathons. See more »

How AIMS World Running Works

AIMS World Running is dedicated to distance races. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about AIMS World Running. See more »

How Marathon Race Timing Works

Marathon race timing is done in a particular way. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about marathon race timing. See more »

How the Berlin Marathon Works

The Berlin Marathon is a wonderful event with a lot to offer. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the Berlin Marathon. See more »

How the Boston Marathon Works

The Boston Marathon is a wonderful event with a lot to offer. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the Boston Marathon. See more »

How the Chicago Marathon Works

The Chicago Marathon is a wonderful event with a lot to offer. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the Chicago Marathon. See more »

How the LA Marathon Works

The LA Marathon is a wonderful event with a lot to offer. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the LA Marathon. See more »