How Many Calories in a Marathon?

Friday, April 27, 2007

Eugene is hosting its first ever marathon this Sunday- which is no small feat considering we’re Track Town USA.

Where are spectators clamoring to be?

I’m betting that McMennamins’ NorthBank is going to be in high demand. It’s outdoor seating is right around the 15.5 mile mark for the marathoner route. With a start time of 7am, the 15 mile mark will be a bit early to start toasting the runners with beer. However, I’m sure the walkers will appreciate the fan attention.

Our personal strategy for rubber necking is to roll out of bed at 7am, wander to the corner, and have donuts and mimosas at the 1.5 mile mark. Perhaps we’ll get to toss donut holes to the runners! I have many co-workers to cheer on in this event. We’re also going to use the second hand energy to jump in the race for a mile or two to help out my friends in the last 6 miles.

How many calories in a marathon?

With nearly 1,800 registered in the marathon and 2,200 in the half-marathon energy expenditure is burning bright in Eugene on Sunday.

Running World’s Calorie Calculator for a 145 pound person (average female) report that running 26.2 miles results in an average expenditure of 2878 calories. A 180 lb person expends 3573 calories over 26.2 miles.

With an assumption that 58% of entrants in both categories are female, this event will see at least 9,193,172 calories burned with runners alone.

That’s a collective 31,700 Dunkin’ Donuts Chocolate Glazed Cake Donuts for the runners.

Now you know.

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posted May 1st, 2007 at 10:22 am

Well, congrats to Eugene! Watching a marathon is so inspiring and so much more fun than it might sound. And the runners really dig the support.
Here are two great ideas for a more active spectator:
1) hand off half a banana
2) paper towels! runners get all sweaty and gross and it just feels good to wipe your hands and face.

Have fun!

Those are great tips Vanessa!
I thought of paper towels when we were watching around mile 22. I gave mine away around mile 18!


posted May 24th, 2007 at 9:40 am

So, as a half marathon walker, I should lay off those extra chocolate milks they give for recovery and stick to water. Bummer.

I’m partial to old fashioned glazed myself. ;)


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