This morning I received an email update from Jubilee Marathon Stockholm organizers. I signed up for this marathon that will have participants run the 1912 Olympic marathon course, which starts at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm. With 10,000 entrants, it is not going to be a huge event, but I am totally looking forward to this marathon in July. I am running with my friend, Randy Sprinkle, from South Carolina, and I also know a couple of local runners who signed up for this. This is going to be my third visit to Stockholm but the first time running a race there. It is a beautiful city, and this time I will be able to enjoy more of it by running 26.2 miles! By the way, in 1912, a marathon distance was 40.2K, instead of 42.195K. They will add distance to make it a marathon distance of today. The start time is scheduled at 13:48, as it was 100 years ago. Hope it is not going to be super hot. This event is to celebrate the 100th anniversary; therefore, there will be no prizes for winners. This will, of course, reduce the field of elite marathoners. Also, with London Olympics only one month away, there won’t be any record-breaking runners, either. Combined with a never-ending mid-summer day, it will be a great party by the runners and spectators. Something tells me this marathon is going to be for fun, not for a PR!
Speaking of runners and spectators, the organizers are encouraging them to dress up in 1912 fashion. Oh boy. I’ve never done a costume marathon, though I’ve run with costume runners all around me before. They are selling the replica of 1912 vest that Swedish runners wore. Maybe, I just do that!