Your First Marathons
Be it gratifying or grueling, unexpectedly humorous or inspirational and life altering, a runner’s first marathon will forever be imprinted in the mind. In this section, runners from across the globe shared their stories of the motivation that first powered them onto a marathon course, the new friendships and self-determination formed over 26.2 miles, and their overwhelming joy in reaching the ultimate goal: the finish line. Some recounted their tale from the starting line to the finish; others summed it up in a short narrative or amusing anecdote. And while each runner’s experience is unique, every story conveys the universal pride that comes from accomplishing a first marathon.