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A Marathon is a form of Long Distance Running that requires both physical and mental strength. There are a couple of varieties of Marathons, ranging from the normal 42 kilometres Marathon to the so called Ultra Marathon extreme long distance runs that may range between 50 kilometres and more. Some Marathons can even last 24 hours to multiple days. The sheer variety in…

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A Marathon is a form of Long Distance Running that requires both physical and mental strength. There are a couple of varieties of Marathons, ranging from the normal 42 kilometres Marathon to the so called Ultra Marathon extreme long distance runs that may range between 50 kilometres and more. Some Marathons can even last 24 hours to multiple days. The sheer variety in long distance runs is also reflected in the types of courses.

Marathons can take place short repeating loops, on point to point tracks and even on rougher terrains. The most extreme (cross country) Marathons take place on unpaved roads and mountain trails.

If you are taking part in an Endurance Marathon, you can get a policy online on our ADVENTURES website. Please select Endurance Marathons.

JS Travel Insurance can now provide cover for your Gadgets, such as Mobile Phones, Tablets and Computer Game Consoles. You will be able to select this cover on the quote page of our website.

To get a quote by telephone or email, contact us on 0800 047 5065 (FREEPHONE) or 01273 773 017 info@jsinsurance.co.uk

We provide cover for Residents of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and British Forces Posted Overseas.

Summary of Cover

Section & Cover Silver Gold Platinum
Cancellation or Curtailment £1,000 £3,000 £7,500
Medical and Repatriation £10,000,000 £10,000,000 £10,000,000
Personal Baggage £1,000 £1,500 £2,500
Personal Money £150 £500 £750
Delayed Departure £100 £1,000 £1,000
Missed Departure £250 £500 £1,000
Legal Expenses £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Scheduled Airline Failure £1,500 £1,500 £1,500

History of Marathons

The Marathon as a sporting event comes from the legendary run done by Greek soldier and messenger Pheidippides between the battlefield at Marathon and Athens. He ran the full 42 kilometres between the aforementioned places to deliver the message that the Persians had been defeated at the Battle of Marathon. The legend says that he ran the entire distance without taking a single break and, after delivering the message, collapsed and died of exhaustion. There is still some debate on whether the story is true or not, as well as on the details in it. The name and distance of the marathon, however, will always be linked to this legendary human feat.

Marathons were included as an event at the first modern Olympics in 1896. The modern Olympics organisers wanted to revive the glory of Ancient Greece and no event was more appropriate than running a Marathon. The Marathon is still quite an important event in the Olympics, shown by the fact that it is the last Athletics Event and is often held right before, or even during, the Closing Ceremony.

The ability to run long distances is a typical characteristic of humans and other primates. It is the one sport that is most natural to people. In prehistoric times, people would travel, hunt and forage on foot, often covering quite large distances in the process. Before the invention of cars and other powered vehicles, foot messengers would often deliver mail and messages to faraway places by running that is how the marathon was invented in the first place. Nowadays, however, the running of Marathons is mainly a recreational and, for some people, a professional activity.

Popular Events & Destinations for Marathons

No less than 500 official Marathons take place all over the world each year. Some of them are huge, drawing in crowds as large as tens of thousands of participants, the vast majority of whom are recreational runners. The most famous and prestigious Marathons in the world are held in London, New York City, Berlin, Paris, Honolulu, Tokyo, Chicago and Boston.

These big Marathons require the payment of a participation fee and almost always sell out within minutes. Smaller local Marathons may take place near you as well.

Other alternative Marathons include the Great Wall Marathon in China, the Intercontinental Earasia Marathon in Istanbul, the Big Five Marathon in South Africa and the Polar Circle Marathon in Greenland.

Marathon Common Injuries

Because of the long distances involved in the running of a Marathon and the long hours of training needed to successfully complete a Marathon, injuries may occur.

Blisters are pretty much guaranteed when training for a Marathon, while joints, muscles and tendons might get sensitive due to intensive use and possibly overuse. Even during the race itself, injuries can occur.

Marathon Equipment

Not much equipment is needed to run a Marathon. Proper running shoes are a must, though, but besides that you will be all set with a comfortable T Shirt and shorts. Leggings may be useful in colder weather.

Important Information

You must ensure that you do not participate in Marathons for more than 90 days in any one Period of Insurance.

This Sport does not provide Accidental Death & Disability Benefit or Personal Liability cover.

This Travel Insurance is underwritten by Travel Insurance Facilities and Insured by Union Reiseversicherung AG, UK. Travel Insurance Facilities are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Union Reiseversicherung AG are authorised by BaFin and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority.


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