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Ask the Race Director – The Evolution of the Marathoner

Someone recently asked me what year was it that I first worked a marathon?  Well, that’s not really important but it has been some time. Back than the equation of men to woman in marathons was 90% / 10%.   Today it’s closer to 55% / 45%.   Back then we were celebrating that the International Olympic Committee finally believed woman were strong enough to compete in the marathon distance.   And we celebrated again when Joan Benoit took home gold for the U.S. in the inaugural women’s Olympic marathon. 

Yes, it’s been some time, and running a marathon has come a long way.  Back then it was generally understood that participation came only from those people who were extremely fit and would finish in 3 hours or less.  Today running a marathon is accepted as a life goal, or a way to lose weight, get in shape, and perhaps train and run in tribute to a friend or loved one. Whatever way or for whatever reason you choose to train and run, we’re here to celebrate your accomplishment and hopefully help you along the way.

So don’t wait, sign up today.  And if you’re looking for some help or guidance, and you live in Southern California, we have the world class Roadrunner Marathon training programs in Venice and the Inland Empire. 

Take the challenge and be part of something special!

Nick Curl

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015