A full marathon is the 26.2 miles that you run for example the London marathon is a full marathon
the first marathon was in march 29th1897.
To raise money for charity's that need the money for equipment etc.
The fastest marathon by a woman (2:15:25) was run by Paula Radcliffe in the 2003 London Marathon.
The London marathon ( I am watching it on TV as I type this !) starts on Blackheath in SE London. It is run over 26 miles 385 yards. This distance has nothing to do with Phidipides & the battle of Marathon. It was the distance run from Windsor to White city in the London Olympics in 1908.
The men's record in the London Marathon was set in 2011 by Emmanuel Mutai in a time of 2:04:38.
A fellow marathoner told me that 1% of people will ever run a marathon.
The two most popular long distance races are the London Marathon and the Great North Run.
It took Greg Billingham just over 7 days to complete the 2007 London marathon and 8 full days to complete the 2008 London marathon. He is the first person in the World to ever run a marathon in slow motion and really is the slowest runner in the World,
For the personal challenge and satisfaction of being fit enough to run a marathon.