How long is the Boston marathon?
26.2 miles; all marathons are.
The reason is that the distance from the Plains of Marathon, the site of the battle in Greece, was 26.2 miles from downtown Athens. The Athenian citizens were preparing to evacuate the city via their navy. The Athenian army was trying to hold off the invading Persians. When the Athenians were victorious, the general dispatched a messenger named Pheidippides, who ran to the city, announced the victory, and died on the spot.
Marathon Distance. All marathons are 26.2 miles (26 miles and 385 yards) or 42.195 kilometers. The difference between the various marathon courses comes in their terrain, rather than their distance, ranging from extremely fast, flat courses such as Chicago to more challenging, hilly courses such as Boston. The Boston Marathon is 26.2 miles long.
The Comrades Marathon is a much longer and more difficult course than the Boston Marathon. Comrades has more cumulative elevation change than the comparatively flat Boston course (by far), and it traverses 55.9 miles through South Africa, as compared to the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon. In short, it is longer and harder.
Considering that only about 500K people have ever run the Boston Marathon in over 115 years, the answer is not very many. If we're looking at just the US population, then that would be less than 0.2% of all Americans will run in the Boston Marathon. If we're looking at worldwide population, then it would be less than 0.0001% of the world will run in the Boston Marathon.
How would a person illegally run a marathon? Assuming he did not get money for doing so, why worry about it? To qualify for the Boston Marathon, you have to qualify in a marathon that is sanctioned by the Boston Marathon Association. Once you have qualified, you may enter the Boston Marathon. It is the only one that requires a qualifying time in order to enter. Many runners train hard to make the qualification time…