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London Marathon 2013 basics: what you need to know


Sunday is the London Marathon. More than 35,000 people are registered to run this major race, though we know some — including elites — are feeling apprehensive.

London is no stranger to tragedy and attacks. But as hard as it is, we need to put one foot in front of the other. We can’t let the Boston bombings stop us from doing what we love: running. We can’t let them prevent us from following our dreams — and from cheering on others embarking on their 26.2 journey.

If you’re running London on Sunday, we would like to say thank you. The fact that you’re out there means the bad guys didn’t win. And we at WalkJogRun — and we’re sure the rest of the world — will be cheering you on.

Here are the basics of the 2013 London race:

Date: April 21, 2013

Start times and locations:

  • 9:00 a.m. elite women’s, Shooter’s Hill (blue)
  • 9:20 a.m. wheelchair race, Shooter’s Hill (blue)
  • 9:45 a.m. elite men’s and athletics championship, Shooter’s Hill (blue)
  • 9:45 a.m. mass start, Greenwich park (red) / celebrity runners, St. John’s Park (green) / fast finishers, Shooter’s Hill (blue)

Where the race is run: starts in Greenwich then moves throughout the city, hitting major landmarks like Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and the House of Parliament. The race ends in front of Buckingham Palace. (interactive map)

Number of runners: About 35,000

Expected weather: 55 degrees, cloudy (current forecast)

Course records

  • Men’s: 2:04:40, Emmanuel Mutai (2011)
  • Women’s: 2:15:25, Paula Radcliffe (2003)

About the course: Largely flat, great for fast speeds and PRs

Big name runners in 2013: Geoffrey Mutai, Patrick Maku, and Wilson Kipsang. Mo Farah is dropping out at the 13.1 mile mark.

Race news:  This city promises heightened security, due to the recent bombings in Boston. There will also be a 30 second moment of silence for the Boston victims.

Want to run in 2014? You’ll need to enter a lottery.

More info:  www.virginlondonmarathon.com | Guide for spectators