Wednesday, October 20, 2021

After a pair of broken kneecaps, London Marathon unveils its craziest ever course

Who turns one of the world’s worst intersections into a 10K finish line in one of the world’s least-paved roads? This was the question that 5,000 runner and London Marathon recently asked itself as it announced that it would create the World Athletics Celebration Mile to feature 12 great men’s and women’s finishes — such as Meb Keflezighi’s 2008 victory and Aselefech Mergia’s 2006 victory — as well as the 2016

Olympic time trial, which was originally scheduled for Keflezighi’s course. An internal committee made the decision to change the course back in September; now, all 17,500 registered runners will run from Cross Street to Russell Square, all while avoiding a 24-kilometer uphill climb. In 2019, the marathon is planning to run the same course, finishing right at the starting line of the London Eye Ferris wheel. Its 14th

annual race also featured an entirely new course (last year, it included no continuous run) and some of the most frightening jumps I’ve ever encountered on the track. Check out the full video above to see everything that runners got out of their marathon this year.

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