It’s amazing if you think about it.
People pay to run marathons.
I just had a quick look at the registration process for the Boston Marathon. For $150, you get to run! How awesome is that? But wait a second, can’t you just run for free around the neighborhood?
Marathons are really intriguing.
People spend several months preparing for them. Some even subscribe to running magazines. And some travel across the world just to be part of one. Yet most marathon runners are not doing it to win the race.
So what makes them so popular? What makes them so desired?
- Is it for better health?
- Is it to make new friends?
- Is there a clear goal that feels obtainable by many?
If these were the case, couldn’t you just do these at home?
Maybe there’s a deeper meaning that people are wanting to achieve, a grander story to tell.
How about escaping the status quo? A marathon runner achieves something that is not done regularly, and can walk away with proof of actually doing it.
Superhero status, I think wouldn’t mind being a superhero for at least a day.
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