London Marathon Best Viewing:
Greenwich Park Canary Wharf The Embankment The Mall
Off to a running start in the Spring of 1981, the inaugural London Marathon saw over 6,000 jogging marathoners cross the finish line as cheering crowds lined the route.
Since then, the London Marathon has continued to grow in size and popularity
and today averages more than 47,000 applicants annually.
This year, the capital city event is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 9:45 AM local time with live television coverage beginning at 8;30 AM on BBC One.
The London Marathon also doubles as a charity event, with hopes of raising
millions of pounds in the biggest one-day fund-raiser in the UK.
So also watch for an A-list of celebrities to run on London Marathon Sunday to further help the cause. This year, London Marathon 2018 celebrity runners include Radio 2 star Chris Evans, chef Gordon Ramsay, model Katie Price, and singer Rochelle Humes.
Meanwhile, join millions of marathon fans - in London and around the world - to wish all the runners all the best of luck!
•Wacky costumes are often the norm for the London Marathon, where runners dress in colorful getups to bring attention to a favorite community organization. Sometimes, it may even result in breaking a world record. In 2015, for example, a runner named Adam Jones entered the Guinness Book for fastest marathoner dressed as a leprechaun.
• While a traditional marathon is 26 miles long, the London Marathon is actually 26.2 miles long (26 miles, 385 yards). The extra yardage is a result of the 1908 London Olympics, where the distance was extended so that the royal family could watch the start of the race from Windsor Castle and the end of the race from the royal box in the Olympic stadium.
•The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event in the world according to the Guinness World Record. Since the first marathon in 1981, participants have raised close to £1 billion for charity.
•Running the London Marathon route is not only a way to keep in shape and do good for others. It's a great way to see the city's most famous sites along the way including Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the National Maritime Museum, and Buckingham Palace.
London Marathon around the Web:
Around the Web, find out more about big city excitement that fuels the London
Marathon, along with events that surround it. Also discover helpful resources for runners, entry details, spectator guides and route maps, marathon fun facts and trivia, and a bit of history behind the London Marathon:
The Official London Marathon Site - The complete picture including the latest news, official charity sponsors, entry details, background and historical footnotes, interactive course map, spectator guide and best viewing places, training and nutritional guides for runners.
London Marathon Info 2018 - German marathon enthusiast with late breaking news on the race, route maps, pictures, entry info, spectator guides, and an extensive list of related links and resources.
Marathon - Wikipedia - The online encyclopedia with an extensive hyperlinked overview and history of the race, a list
of past winners, and related resources.