Wishlist Wednesday: Sogonapmit Marathon
I had never heard of the Sogonapmit Marathon until last week. But as soon as I learned about it, I knew I wanted to run it. Why? Because the Sogonapmit Marathon is not just a marathon. Its a race.
Now, hold on, you may say. Aren't all marathons races? Well, yes. But most people running a marathon are usually just competing against themselves: trying to hit a certain time, trying to PR, trying to qualify for Boston, or just trying to finish. And while I recognize that competing against yourself is completely legit and totally bad-a**, here's what I like about the Sogonapmit Marathon: you aren't just competing against yourself. You are also competing against 2,000 half-marathoners.
Ok, here's the race details: At the butt-crack of dawn (literally - the marathon starts at 3:20 AM), you take off and head towards the start of the half-marathon. You have 2.5 hours to get there and head back before the gun goes off, and the half-marathoners hit the course. You spend the next 13.1 miles trying to stay ahead of the fresh legs that were probably just waking up when you started your marathon.
I don't know about you, but to me that sounds super fun.
Whats also super fun is that the first half of the race (the half where you are
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Technically, this race is the Timpanogos Half Marathon. The Sogonapmit Marathon is just double that (duh), an added "challenge" for the crazies: start at the finish line of the half, run to the starting line, then head back to the finish. Bonus: the bing is pretty cool too.
The Sogonapmit Marathon and Timpanogos Half Marathon will be held on July 27, 2013 in American Fork, Utah. Registration opens Thanksgiving Day.