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Why we run
For many runners, a marathon is the pinnacle of their ambition, the sport’s equivalent of conquering Everest.
A hundred years ago, the mountaineer George Mallory was asked why he was prepared to face such adversity to climb the world’s highest mountain. He famously replied, “because it’s there”.
For thousands of participants, the existence of London’s celebrated running event is motivation enough to be on the start line. Like Mallory, they’re driven to take on the challenge simply because it’s there.
The TCS London Marathon sits high on the lifetime tick-list of runners around the world. Completing the course often signals the achievement of a long-held dream.
Taking on the challenge
TCS marketing executive Morgan Tame will be on the start line in London this year. Morgan’s running journey began in school and he feels it was always leading to this moment.
“If you're running on a consistent basis, everybody says, ‘when are you doing a marathon, why haven't you done a marathon, is a marathon on the cards?’ So now the answer is yes, and I’m excited and ready.”
Morgan will become one of more than a million people to have taken part in the TCS London Marathon since its inception in 1981 — and they all have their own reasons for committing to go the distance.
These are some of the most popular motivations for running the marathon.
Participants have raised more than £1 billion by running the TCS London Marathon, making it one of the world’s most successful fundraising events.
Many charity participants take part in memory of a loved one or to raise funds for research into illnesses that have affected friends and family members. Running for a good cause can bring an additional sense of purpose and provide extra motivation during the long months of training.
“Running for charity adds a level of accountability,” says Morgan. “When you have engaged your friends, family, and your community to help you raise money, you can’t just say, ‘I don’t feel like doing it today’.”