Photo Essay

Marathon

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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.

9 responses

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 May 2013):

    Brilliantly done James!!!!!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (27 May 2013):

    Excellent images compiled!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (27 May 2013):

    I love the gamut of emotions.....sheer joy to absolute exhaustion. What an impressive and incredible collection of photos. Kudos to anyone who can complete this grueling race!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (28 May 2013):

    Filled with emotion and strength. Outstanding essay. Voted.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (28 May 2013):

    Wonderful photo essay, James! Wonderful!!! voted!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (28 May 2013):

    What a fantastic photo essay! The human suffering is palpable, as they endure pain to reach their goal.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (29 May 2013):

    wonderful insight on Marathon!! voted!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 May 2013):

    Wonderful photo essay with excellent images. Voting!

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos said (31 May 2013):

    Excellent collection!

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