oh please wrote:
The first marathon was 40km in 1896. It's BS that we are still dealing with adding to the course to please the Royals.
Therefore a sub 2 marathon in traditional length has already happened.
CTruns wrote:I can speak to that. The idea of a NH race was created in the late 70's, when 10k's were the rage. The city got behind it, but only if the streets were not shut down for four hours, so that eliminated a marathon. Half marathons were around, but not the big thing like they are today. I think some earlier post said there are already 11 in CT, and we are the 3rd smallest state. Anyway, the 20k became the distance of choice, according to the 40th anniversary article, out of logistics. the streets allowed for the 20k to be a great loop course without "adding" just to make the 13.1. Plus, this is the longest continuous national championship in the country. There really are no other 20k's to speak of. However, if popular vote gets it's way, and it probably will, the 20k will be pushed aside like a worn out running shoe.
The 20k is unique, but the new generation doesn't care. Years from now, when this race is just another half marathon, maybe they will.
Thank you for the explanations.