Completing a marathon is a significant achievement which requires a desire, intense amounts of preparation and a lot of discipline indeed. You should actually think of it as the athletic equivalent of getting into a great university or getting a college degree. It definitely does not come easy. You cannot just strap on a pair of running shoes and ran a marathon, day of. You will exhaust yourself and completely burn out your energy. A marathon demands respect and tons of preparation. Depending on the length of the marathon, I suggest you start training at least one or two months before.


The great system of providing the marathon runners with their respective finish times has actually changed a lot over the years. It is partially because of the increasing number of people who are attempting to finish the 26.2-mile race. In the last 30 years, the ranks of individuals who have completed the marathon in the year have increased. It is more challenging to record the finish times of thousands of individuals, as opposed to just a few hundred runners. You have to literally keep track of the runtimes of thousands of people, which is incredibly strenuous. This strenuous task has changed a lot over the last few years. Because of advances in technology, it is possible that it the amenities the runners and spectators have, which we could not have conceived of in the ages of stopwatches and clipboards. Because of high technology timing systems, a runner can actually review their split times after a race so that they can determine which sections they were running too fast or too slow. Their family members and friends can actually get real-time alerts which indicate where and when their runner crossed the midway point. In some marathons, the runners are also fitted with a GPS tracker so that they can keep complete track of everything.

It would be best if you kept in mind that an early adopter would tell you that this technology has some pitfalls. Sometimes systems have actually failed with very disappointing results. We should always be on the lookout for upgrades that keep coming in. Some marathon runners choose to enter in their split details and their timings themselves on their own stopwatch or their own smartwatch, which keeps track of their entire running.

Timing chip

The marathon timing chip is an important part of running a marathon. You are able to track the runners from the very second, they start on the line, and until they reach the finish line. This timing chip is actually encased in a hard plastic ring which is given to each runner in a packet before the event. They can tie this ring to their shoelaces or, some individuals wear it in other places.