Marathon Travel Insurance
If you plan to take part in a Marathon abroad, you will need a Travel Insurance policy in place before you leave your home. 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…
If you plan to take part in a Marathon abroad, you will need a Travel Insurance policy in place before you leave your home.
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.
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- Summary of Cover
- History of Marathons
- Popular Events & Destinations for Marathons
- Common Injuries
- Marathon Equipment
- European and Worldwide Residents
- Important Information
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|
|Scheduled Airline Failure||£1,500||£1,500||£1,500|
Popular Marathon Competitions
- SPAR Budapest Marathon- 28th - 29th September 2019
- KBC Dublin Marathon- 27th October 2019
- London Marathon- 28th April 2019
- Pembrokeshire Marathon- 27th April 2019
- Baxters Loch Ness Marathon- 6th October 2019
- Boston Marathon- 15th April 2019
- Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris- 27th October 2019
- Uganda International Marathon- 26th May - 2nd June 2019
- Bilbao Night Marathon- 19th October 2019
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.
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.
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.
European and Worldwide Residents
We have partnered with World Nomads to provide cover if you are a Resident of another European or Worldwide country and you are planning to take part in a Marathon whilst on your trip. These policies will also cover you if you have already left your home country and plan on taking part in a Marathon.
Please check the Terms and Conditions for any restrictions or exclusions.
This activity does not provide Accidental Death & Disability Benefit or Personal Liability cover.
Please read the Policy Wording for full details.
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.