By James Wiley
27 May 2013
Has there ever been a more gruelling test of endurance than the marathon? Well, probably recently the triathlon, but the marathon remains the drug of choice for endurance addicts.
The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance of 26 miles,385 yards did not become standardized until 1921. More than 500 marathons are held throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes. Smaller marathons can have just dozens of participants, while larger marathons can have tens of thousands.
There are those who train very hard for the event and seem to make it with ease. However, the majority do not, and find that it takes a tremendous toll on their entire bodies.
These photographs were actually taken during two Manitoba Marathons in 1981 and 1982. The 1981 event was held on a very warm, humid day and the 1982 marathon in very cold and drizzly weather. The course, including the finish are were changed for the 1982 event which is evident in some of the photos.