People have been participating and running in marathons since the ancient times. In fact, marathons’ history can be traced back to the times of ancient Greece battles. Having such strong foundation, as one of the oldest forms of athletic events, and an extremely rich heritage and history, seasoned marathon runners take pride in their participation in marathons, especially in Dead Sea Marathon.

What exactly is a marathon?
The long distance foot races which are normally ran for around 42.2 km or more are referred to as marathons. Talking about the marathon’s history and the distance involved, it goes back to the times of ancient Greece. The legend says that the Greek had beaten the Persians in a war known as the Battle of Marathon. After their victory, they sent out a runner going by the name Pheidippides to spread the news in Athens. Although Pheidippides successfully reached Athens and even reported the good news, he died due to the exhaustion later.
The distance that Pheidippides ran from the place of battle to the Athens was around 40 km, which eventually became the official distance of the marathons that are organized today. Many authors of the past and present have included the Pheidippides’ story in their works (poems and songs), for instance Robert Browning’s works used to feature him pretty often. Browning’s poems in turn were the inspiration for Michal Breal, the person who was the brains behind the Olympic Games in 1896. Michal ensured that marathon was included as a part of the Olympic Games.
The marathons conducted these days normally have a racecourse that’s pre-decided by the organizers, spreading over the required distance that was set by the Olympic Games committee in London in the year 1908. As per their decision, all the runners either start at the same time based on their gender and ability, or are simply sent out at different times in waves.
The durations of marathons are normally pre-decided and are kept as a specific timeframe, generally four hours. Runners who’re unable to continue running for the complete four hours are picked up in between and transported directly to the finishing point. In case of marathons involving a large number of inexperienced runners, the time frame is normally extended by a little, allowing them to finish too.

What is meant by a half marathon?
As evident from its name, a half marathon is nothing but one that involves a distance half of the normal marathon. Hence you need to run for only 21 km to complete the race. It’s also known by the name mini marathon. Half marathons are becoming increasingly popular these days and most events normally feature both the versions.
It is pretty evident why half marathons attract so many people. This version doesn’t require as extensive training as needed in case of full marathons.
As majority of such races (both half and full marathons), including the Dead Sea Marathon allow runners to register well in advance, they get ample time to train and prepare for the D-Day.