Views of the (Half) Marathon

04 Sep, 2015

Many people are aware of the story behind the institution that we know as the marathon. A Greek messenger ran 25 miles from Marathon, to Athens, to relay the news of the Grecian victory over the invading Persian army in 490 BC. The question that comes next is why is a marathon 26.2 miles if the messenger only ran 25?

Runners at the 13dot1 half marathon racing for the finish line.

Runners at the 13dot1 half marathon racing for the finish line.

That answer comes from the year 1908 from the Olympics that were held in London. The Queen wanted the race to begin at Windsor Castle so that the youngest royals could see it start from their nursery window with the end of the race at the royals’ spectating box.

The distance so happened to be 26.2 miles.

Because the Queen wanted to be able to view the start of the race with the children, the runners were forced to trudge the extra distance and eventually, 26.2 became the official mileage for the marathon. Of course, the half marathon was created by halving the original number.

Luckily, these days, the view is not only about spectators cheering on the runners, but also what view the runners can see. The “13dot1” half marathon coming up right here in Green Lake caters to this concept with its stunning circuit that takes you by Dartford Bay, along wooded lanes, and through the rolling, emerald greens of the Golf Courses of Lawsonia. Not only are the runners able to enjoy the gorgeous landscape, but they also have the opportunity to admire some of the historic architecture and magnificent lake homes as they pass through.

Really, if you’re going to run 13.1 miles, why wouldn’t you want to have a beautiful view to admire as you do so? A 5K Fun Run and Kids’ Race are also offered as family-friendly options.

Gorgeous landscape, historic architecture and magnificent lake homes highlight the 13dot1 half marathon route.

Gorgeous landscape, historic architecture and magnificent lake homes highlight the 13dot1 half marathon route.

 

Date: Sunday, September 6, 2015

Location: 550 Mill St Green Lake, WI 54941

Starting Time: 8:15 AM

 

Learn more about the Green Lake Area 13Dot1 Half Marathon.

 

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