THE DEBATE: “QUARTER MARATHON" v 10K Race notices advertising a “quarter marathon” are starting to pop-up on the internet. What’s the deal? In distance, one-fourth of a marathon is 6.55 miles; a 10K is 6.2 miles. The question is, would you rather see one or the other on a medal or a t-shirt?
In distance, one-fourth of a marathon is 6.55 miles; a 10K is 6.2 miles. The question is, would you rather see one or the other on a medal or a t-shirt?
Race blogs have asked their followers to weigh in on this topic. Generally, there are one or two opinions registered on these sites. Not too many runners seem to be paying attention right now.
The few comments suggest some runners feel that, if running a half marathon means you cannot handle the full 26.2 miles, running a quarter race implies you are just that much more of a wimp.
“The 10km distance is a recognized distance in the road race fixtures but a quarter marathon is something different” says Richard84 on a 2010 Runner’s World UK forum.
Others see the designation as:
- a brilliant marketing scheme
- representing a ‘stupid’ extra 0.3 miles or so
- the beginning of further fractional divisions ( 1/5th, etc.)
- something to impress non-runners but not runners
I predict more and more races will adopt this distance metric. We may start seeing fireworks on discussion boards if the change makes its way into events with long standing traditions.
What do you say?
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