Marathons are famous for their reputation as incredibly testing competitions. It can test the psychological and the physical strengths of a person and their ability to push ahead even when they lost their stamina and energy a couple of miles ago. These competitions or races consists of an extremely long-distance race. The official distance of a marathon, which differs depending on the location and country, is 42.195 kilometres, or approx. 26.2 miles in length.
History Of Marathons
Marathons have been engaged in for many years, and originally came into being around the time of 490BC. This point in time was considered to be when Greece was fighting against Persian invaders. The most famous legend about the history of marathons is when a messenger was tasked to inform another city of the victory that the Greeks earned when they fought against the Persian invaders. The messenger, Pheidippides thought of this message to be crucial information and began his journey to the people of Athens as soon as he could. He set off on foot towards the gates of Athens and never stopped. When he reached the gates, he stormed the assembly of the government and delivered his message, proclaiming the Greek victory against Persians. Once he gave his message, he collapsed and never woke up, dying of exhaustion.
It is due to this event that many decide against marathons. Since they are so taxing, and they test your endurance and determination to pass the finish line, many prefer not to participate in them. However, some love a challenge and just cannot resist the call of running for more than 26 miles.
Why Aren’t Children Allowed?
Though many have a dislike for marathons and their crippling distance and sheer impossibility, many decide to try it out for fun. Come of these people are young individuals who are interested in testing their abilities. However, according to laws and rules of marathons, there are several reasons as to why a child or young individual would be unable to join in or participate in a marathon. Cutoff ages are widespread in sports and other activities. They decide whether a person is old enough to participate in the activity. In marathons, the cut off age or requirement age is 18 years old. Some forms of marathons can have their age requirements altered to suit the course of the whole race. Some races are short and less taxing on the body, which means that the possibility in which a child could play is possibly higher. Marathons can affect many severely, especially those who are unfortunate enough to develop any mental disabilities. Some of these disorders or disabilities include stress. The sheer distance of the race itself can sometimes cause phycological stress, which should never be associated with a small body such as that of young individuals.
The rule of regulations placed in marathons to control the volunteers and members are to ensure that no one suffers from mental instability or stress at a time. However, there are expectations and exceptional cases that can be made to those who wish to participate in them. Some individuals are known for their expertise in long distance. Which means that the individual has more experience in the event and can be made as an exception to the race itself.