Monday, April 23, 2012

London Marathon - Difficulty and Disaster

The countdown to this summer's Olympics is at 95 Days!  This year's London Marathon was unique in both a positive and negative way.

First the positive:
  • There was a record 37,500 runners in this year's race
  • The country of Kenya continues its global dominance by winning the men's and women's races.
    • Men's Champ - Wilson Kipsang in a time of 2:04:44
    • Women's Champ - Mary Keitany won in 2:18:37
  • Perfect racing conditions unlike last week's Boston Marathon
  • Record Day
    • Kipsang's time was the 2nd fastest in the race's history and only 4 seconds behind the course record.
    • Keitany won back-to-back titles
The negatives:
  • Despite the ideal weather, a 30 year old woman collapsed at the finish line and was confirmed dead later on.  
    • Nothing quite overshadows any sporting event like a fatality.  Only 30 people total were hospitalized so it's quite the shame.  First death since 2007.  Another reminder that this 26.2 mile feat is nothing to shake a stick at.
  • British celebrities
    • They are super lame
    • Prince Harry showed up claiming his brother and wife will run next year
      • Who cares?

The London Marathon course is NOT the same as the Olympic course will be.  While it would seem logical, it would give an unfair advantage to the racers competing in yesterday's race.  There are certain stretches that coincide together but it will be a very different race altogether.

It was the last chance for many countries and its runners to get in a late marathon in hopes of making their Olympic teams.  Kenya, while dominant and having much depth, will now have to actually choose its top runners from a plethora of athletes.

Royal approval: Prince Harry poses with men's professional champion Wilson Kipsang and women's winner Mary Keitany after presenting them with their medals
Do people really think I look like Prince Harry? barf