Marathon running is something that skilled runners often participate in. Marathons run a total of 26.2 miles. Some accomplished marathon runners find that they often need a new challenge. For these runners, some of today’s crazy marathons maybe exactly what they are looking for.
A different kind of marathon takes place every January in the town of Northfield, Minnestoa. While most marathons are run outside, this one, the Zoom! Yah! Yah! Marathon occurs indoors. This really is a good thing since Januarys in Minnesota are historically cold with subzero windchills. The race occurs on a fitness track where runners complete a total of 150 laps on a 282 meter circuit and every 30 minutes, the runners change directions. This marathon has been run for 8 years and holds the record of being the longest running indoor marathon in the US.
Every year one of the oldest occurring American marathons occurs in Las Vegas – known as the Rock ‘n Roll Las Vegas Marathon, runners from all over the world flock to Vegas to participate. Over the years, victors have included male and female runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Russia, Mexico, Poland and the United States. The marathon runs through the casino district and finally concludes on the Vegas Strip. It’s interesting to see what Vegas is doing to stave off competition from online competitors like Gaming Club. Events such as this, and the entertainment such as gigs offered by casino complexes seem to be their main method of doing this.
Another marathon which also provides a rough terrain is the Everest Marathon. Found in Nepal, this marathon began in 1987 and has the distinction of occuring in the highest altitude of any marathon in the world. In fact, it has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for this feat – the race’s starting line is an amazing 17,000 feet above sea level. The race slowly descends which means the course is predominantly downhill, however, there are two legs of the race that provide a very challenging uphill run. Only the most experienced athletes should consider entering this race.
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