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[[File:20070909 Chicago Half Marathon.JPG|thumb|300px|The [[Chicago Half Marathon]] is a [[Chicago Marathon]] tuneup on [[Lake Shore Drive]] in the [[South Side (Chicago)|South Side]] of [[Chicago]]]]
 
[[File:20070909 Chicago Half Marathon.JPG|thumb|300px|The [[Chicago Half Marathon]] is a [[Chicago Marathon]] tuneup on [[Lake Shore Drive]] in the [[South Side (Chicago)|South Side]] of [[Chicago]]]]
 
[[Image:Bristol Half Marathon.jpg|thumb|300px|Runners taking part in the [[Bristol Half Marathon]]]]
 
[[Image:Bristol Half Marathon.jpg|thumb|300px|Runners taking part in the [[Bristol Half Marathon]]]]
A '''half marathon''' is a [[road running]] event of {{convert|21.0975|km|mi}}.<ref>[http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/certification/manual/appendix-e.asp USATF: Course Measurement and Certification Procedures]</ref> It is half the distance of a [[marathon]] and usually run on roads. Participation in half marathons has grown steadily recently.<ref name="nytimes">{{cite web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/fashion/24fitness.html|title=Sometimes Half Is Better Than Whole |last=Hanc|first=John|date=July 24, 2008|work=NY Times|accessdate=2009-02-09}}</ref> One of the main reasons for this is that it is a challenging distance, but does not require the same level of training that a marathon requires.<ref name="nytimes" /> In 2008, Running USA reported that the half marathon is the fastest growing type of race.<ref name="nytimes" /> A 2010 article by ''[[Universal Sports]]'' echoed the growing popularity of the distance.<ref name="nytimes" /><ref name="universalmay2010">{{cite web|url=http://www.universalsports.com/news/article/newsid=473925.html|title=Half the distance, twice the fun: Half-marathons taking off |last=Monti|first=David|date=May 20, 2010|work=Universal Sports|accessdate=2010-05-21}}</ref> [[New York Road Runners]] CEO [[Mary Wittenberg]] and noted running author and coach [[Jeff Galloway]] have also commented on the popularity of the distance.<ref name="nytimes" /> It is common for a half marathon event to be held concurrently with a marathon, using almost the same course with a late start, an early finish or shortcuts. The half marathon is also known as a 21K, 21.1K or 13.1 miles, although these values are rounded and not formally correct.
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A '''half marathon''' is a [[road running]] event of {{convert|21.0975|km|mi}}.<ref>[http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/certification/manual/appendix-e.asp USATF: Course Measurement and Certification Procedures]</ref> It is half the distance of a [[marathon]] and usually run on roads. Participation in half marathons has grown steadily recently.<ref name="nytimes">{{cite web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/fashion/24fitness.html|title=Sometimes Half Is Better Than Whole |last=Hanc|first=John|date=July 24, 2008|work=NY Times|accessdate=2009-02-09}}</ref> One of the main reasons for this is that it is a challenging distance, but does not require the same level of training that a marathon requires.<ref name="nytimes" /> In 2008, Running USA reported that the half marathon is the fastest growing type of race.<ref name="nytimes" /> A 2010 article by ''[[Universal Sports]]'' echoed the growing popularity of the distance.<ref name="nytimes" /><ref name="universalmay2010">{{cite web|url=http://www.universalsports.com/news/article/newsid=473925.html|title=Half the distance, twice the fun: Half-marathons taking off |last=Monti|first=David|date=May 20, 2010|work=Universal Sports|accessdate=2010-05-21}}</ref> [[New York Road Runners]] CEO [[Mary Wittenberg]] and noted running author and coach [[Jeff Galloway]] have also commented on the popularity of the distance.<ref name="nytimes" /> It is common for a half marathon event to be held concurrently with a marathon, using almost the same course with a late start, an early finish or shortcuts. The half marathon is also known as a 21K, 21.1K or 13.1 miles, although these values are rounded and not formally correct. After the event that you ran. you will most likely feel like you will spontaneously com burst. You will start to notice that your legs are shedding as well as falling off.
   
 
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