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Marathon running differs from cross country and track running, in that it deals with longer distances. Marathon races are 26.2 miles long, and take the average runner between three and four hours to complete.
Training for the Marathon requires logging higher weekly mile totals that that of a cross country or track runner, but also less interval and speed training. The marathon is a test of endurance and mental strength. Only those who are serious about training for and competing in a marathon, should undertake the task.