Big City Marathons
Although the current marathon distance comes from the 1908 Olympic Marathon from Windsor to London, it was arguably in America that mass participation, big city marathons really took off. Indeed it was running the 1978 New York marathon that convinced Chris Brasher to go create the London Marathon. If you only every do one overseas marathon, make it New York – from the sights and sounds of the Big Apple to the amazing crowd support, it is an unforgettable experience.
4 × 400m Relay
The 2012 Olympics may not have gone the USA’s way for the men, but the Americans have always been the team to beat in the 4 × 400m relay. Their men have won gold a staggering 15 out of the last 20 Olympic games and their women remain unbeaten since Barcelona in ‘92. Indeed the last time we Brits beat the Americans was at the Toyko World Championships in ’91.
Although serious athletic magazines such as Athletics Weekly have been in existence since the 1940s, we have Uncle Sam to thank for the rise of the popular running magazine. Runner's World really took off in the US, riding the running booms of the 80s and 90s combining an accessible format with authoritative writers such and physician and author George Sheehan. Most of us runners now eagerly look forward to our monthly glossy.
Marathon training getting a little stale? Why not tack on a 2.4 mile swim and a 120 mile bike ride and complete a full Ironman? Ironman started on Hawaii in 1978, originally to settle an argument as to which the toughest endurance race on the islands. 15 competitors took part. Today the Ironman is positively mainstream, and on many an endurance athlete's bucket list