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Running Times senior writer @RachelToor coins a new name for the #halfmarathon

Five miles into what turned out to be, in perfect coincidence, a 13-mile trail run, my friend, Dean, a week after completing a 100-mile race, said, apropos of nothing we'd been talking about, "Why is it called a half?" And I said, "Right." Another runner, with the dismissiveness of a speedy marathoner and the crabbiness of the mother of two small kids, said, "Because it's only a half." Dean and I both said, "No." We've been having this conversation on trail runs, over strawberry smoothies, and with other people during Dean's birthday celebration where we ran 45 × 200 on an old dirt track by the river in the pouring rain. And this is what we think: It's not half of something; it's a whole thing. During the short rest periods between 200s, someone suggested finding out what place was halfway between Athens and Marathon. Turns out he hasn't been the only one to propose this. ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/rt-columns/thirteener-manifes...

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