Ever since I started running, I have heard chatter from fellow runners about changing the name of the half marathon. To be honest, until now, I never really gave it much thought. Probably because until recently, I had not thrown my running shoes into a half marathon event.
It seems that the main reason runners want to change the name of the half marathon is because they feel that the name diminishes the achievement of completing 13.1 miles by saying that it is half of something larger. In other words, people often say, “I ONLY ran a half marathon” or “You ONLY ran a half marathon?” You can be certain that I will NEVER utter those words! I think running 13.1 miles is a HUGE accomplishment. In fact, I think running any distance is a cause worth celebrating. Whether is it one mile, a 5k, a 10k, a half marathon or an ultra.
One of the most popular name change ideas is to call a half marathon a Pikermi (pronounced pee-KER-me). Pikermi is a town in Greece that some identify as the midpoint of the original marathon. (Click here to read about the first marathon.) The idea is so popular it even has its own website and Facebook page.
Here are a few other ideas I have heard:
Fun Sized Marathon
To be honest, I really don’t care what a 13.1 mile race is called. For me, the name is not going to diminish the feeling of accomplishment I will get when I cross the finish line.
How about you? Do you think the half marathon should be re-named? Why or why not?