FACTBOX: Ten unusual marathons

Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:20pm EST
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(Reuters) - As marathons proliferate, race organizers are working hard to come up with marketing schemes that will set their run apart and draw participants.

Some differentiate themselves with the entertainment along their 26.2 mile course, or giveaways to runners, while others rely on their course and location to draw runners.

Below is a list of ten quirky marathons:

MARATHON DU MEDOC (Medoc wine region, France)

This marathon passes 50 chateaux, features Bordeaux wine at the water stations along the route, and provides foie gras to runners in need of refueling.

LITTLE ROCK MARATHON (Little Rock, Arkansas)

This race features a "lipstick station" at Mile 26.1, so runners can freshen up before their finisher's picture. The race also boasts the largest finisher's medal, measuring 6.25 inches by 4.25 inches (10.6cm).


Half marathon and a full marathon on consecutive weekend days in early January. Runners who complete both get a special "Goofy Medal," named for Disney's famous canine.   Continued...