Why should you run a marathon?

Life is about the challenge of reaching your goals and thereafter going beyond your standards. Through marathons, people have proved that they are strong enough to defeat their own fears of failure by running on very long distances. While they are struggling to resist until the end of the race, the audience is admiring their special skills.

Discover the benefits of running

It is not easy to participate to a marathon but with determination and a lot of training, you can manage to resist until the end. The entire process would bring you many benefits that will impact you for the rest of your life. For instance, from a mental point of view this experience will demonstrate yourself that you can overcome your limits in a way that will significantly increase your self-confidence. When you go out with some beautiful escorts, you could tell them about this special experience that has improved your self-esteem.

In addition, from a physical point of view the race contributes to maintaining a well-shaped body, a balanced weight and a good health. Many escorts from http://www.eros.com/ take care of their body by participating at the marathons. They are ravishing women that choose to spend the most of their time with men and have a drive for adventure. To this we should add their ability of charming the gentlemen around them with their joyful attitude and appealing body. We usually find them in luxurious locations, like exotic islands or expensive night clubs but also doing activities like running races or skydive.

Be a volunteer at the Marathon

Today there are many marathons you can participate at as almost every city has its own competition. For instance Amsterdam has a challenging circuit on the Olympic Stadium where you can come with an  Amsterdam escort who is passionate about this activity. She can tell you more about the contest, the rules and some tips about the circuit. Besides the local competitions, there are organized many international races, such as Marathon des Sables which is believed to be the toughest competition held in Sahara desert.

Beyond the challenging competition there is usually a charity program that aims to raise money for people who need them. This is why many people choose to be volunteers for these races in order to help others. Together with your Amsterdam escort, you can be volunteers for one of these charity programs. A significant marathon that has the goal to raise funds to fight against cancer is the Race for life. So, if you cannot run, you can still participate to the event as a volunteer and make a difference in the life of some people.

Inspire others though your power of preparing and winning the marathons, which are also great opportunities of meeting new people that care for others and that can become your best friends. It is the sense of accomplishment that drives people to continue participating to these competitions every year. And another key point is that you will step out of your comfort zone every time you run on such a long race.

History of marathons

Though marathons are loved by so many people around the word, many of us are not aware of the history of this important sport. The distance running has an ancient history that starts in Greece and Egypt as well as a modern history that is showing its fast evolution from an Olympic sport to an individual competition.

What you didn’t know about marathons

If we refer to the ancient times, similar to the most of the Olympic sports, the long distance running has its roots in the glorious Greece. The legend says that the first run on a long distance was done by Pheidippides, who run from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory. He managed to deliver the message but thereafter he died. In Egypt, the long distance running was a criterion for choosing the soldiers by the Pharaoh. Later, this became a competition within the ancient Olympics.

The modern history begins with Pierre de Coubertin who has managed to organize the first modern Olympics in 1896 where long distance running was accepted as one of the sports. Many of the organizing details have been kept until today, such as the running distance or the refreshment points. Soon after, the marathon as an individual competition was organized in New York, then in England and South Africa. Until the next Olympics, the Marathon already becomes an important sport that was gathering more and more people. The same rhythm has been kept until today when this sport has turned up to have important charity scopes too.

Marathon has given great athletes to our society for more than 100 years. Moreover, it has broken the gender barriers and has revealed the compassion within each one of us that participated either as an athlete or as a volunteer. And though it has known this tremendous development, the marathon is still continuously improving.



Bonitas City2City Marathon  entries to close

Early entries will get a commemorative T-shirt and goodie bag at the race at James & Ethel Gray Park in Melrose, Johannesburg on September 29. While runners can enter the 10km on race day morning, entries for the 21km and 50km will close on Saturday as the race will only accept participation by those registered prior to the races.

Former Comrades winner and Nick Bester, the Bonitas City2City Marathon race director, said they had been astonished by the success of the 10km race in 2012. “Having three races in one day – the 10km, 21km and 50km – has made it a day out for all standards of runners, from those just wanting a bigger challenge than the standard 42km marathon,” said Bester. “September is the month of spring, the mornings are warmer and the weather for the Sunday of the race is forecast as being good.”

The route of the 10km starts in North Street, near the Wanderers Planet Fitness gym complex. The race will take runners through the leafy suburbs of Melrose, Houghton and Atholl, crossing the M1 twice before returning to the post-race party at James & Ethel Gray Park.

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Two shorter distance races will also be held as part of the event: a 21,1km half marathon and a 10km road race, both of which will start and end in Melrose. Please see overleaf for details of time schedules and road closures.

Needless to say, many thousands of people will converge into the area during the race, which will inevitably cause some disruption. While all efforts have and will be made to lessen any impact on you, please accept our sincere apology if you are inconvenienced in any way.

Also, please be assured that the event does support an extremely worthy cause: The Dunduzela Day and Night Care Centre in Pretoria, which cares for orphans and vulnerable children.

The Sports Trust is honoured to be the official CSI beneficiary of this year’s 2013 City 2 City Marathon.

We’d like to suggest that you and your family join the festivities and make a great fun day of it. The 50km Bonitas City2City Marathon will feature some of the top ultra-distant runners from South Africa and around the world.

Over and above top professional athletes, the Bonitas City2City is also about the promotion of health, fitness and well-being for all – so it promises to be a fun-filled spectacle! The Bonitas City2City is Gauteng’s biggest ultra-distance race. An event with a rich history going back for well over 100 years. And an event that has a great future in terms of putting Johannesburg and Pretoria on the road-running map; much like the Comrades in KZN which enjoys tremendous support along the route from locals.