By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The 2009 Boston Marathon runs on Monday (420), April 20th, with some 25,000 plus people be taking to the streets, testing their will against Heartbreak Hill (mile 20ish), and racing to the finishline in historic Boston. It’s one of the few US marathons taking place on a Monday, instead of the traditional Sunday morning event.

silver-black-shoesIt’s not the only Marathon that runs on a Monday (in Boston the Marathon may as well be a holiday since schools and many places close for the day), the Los Angeles Marathon has decided to move their normal running date of mid March to Memorial Day in May (May 25th, 2009 is the next LA Marathon).

We’ve covered quite a few Marathons on Planet Chiropractic, and I cannot recall a single race that didn’t involve chiropractors as participants, as volunteers, or as biomechanical engineers for patients running in particular races. For whatever reason, Marathons and Chiropractors, go together well.

I’m not running Boston (I doubt I would qualify) and I’m not planning to run LA in May (at least not the 2009 race), but I hit the beach today for a run in the sun, and will likely hit up another half marathon or 10k before the year is out.

I provide chiropractic care to many runners who frequent the beach (we’re coastal so no surprise there) and I’ve expressed thoughts on running marathons in previous news posts. While the races have been run, I’ve put together a Sunday Summary of marathon coverage we’ve reported on in the past, from NYC to Honolulu.

New York City Marathon 2008 — On Sunday morning, November 2, an estimated 39,000 runners of every pace, ability and marathon experience level, will run 26.2 miles through the streets of 5 New York City boroughs. In addition, more than 2 million spectators are expected to turn out to cheer on family, friends, and fellow runners. The 2008 New York City Marathon, presented by ING, will start in Staten Island at the base of the Verrazano Bridge, and finish in Central Park.

Chiropractor Vincent Malba runs New York Marathon — After having covered news related to the 2008 NYC Marathon we were tipped off to the involvement of one chiropractor who was extremely excited about participating and promoting chiropractic. Dr. Vincent Malba ran the 26.2 mile journey through all five boroughs of New York City, with a chiropractic shirt on his back. We contacted Dr. Malba to ask him what the event was like.

2008 Pasadena Marathon — Despite Southern California fires burning in Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Sylmar, and surrounding areas, the city of Pasadena is expected to host its first marathon on Sunday morning, November 16, 2008. The race is expected to begin at 6:30 a.m. Event organizers are consulting with local air quality experts, as well as health and fire officials, to determine whether there should be last-minute adjustments, or even a cancellation of the Pasadena Marathon. Race related announcements will be made after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning (race day). The inaugural Pasadena Marathon was canceled due to smoke and ash in the air from local California wildfires.

December 7th is Marathon Sunday — This weekend was a time for marathons, half marathons, 10ks, and other foot races, all across the United States. From the Memphis marathon to the Las Vegas marathon, runners across America hit the asphalt for 26.2 miles, raising money for charities, and achieving personal health and fitness goals nationwide.

2008 Charlotte Rocket City Dallas & Honolulu Marathons — Marathons taking place this weekend across the United States include the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville Alabama, the Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte North Carolina, the White Rock Marathon in Dallas Texas, and the 2008 Marathon in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Alabama Marathon and the North Carolina Marathon took place today, Saturday December 13, 2008. The 2008 Dallas Marathon and Honolulu marathon events are scheduled for Sunday morning, December 14th. For those running and volunteering, we put together a list of marathon sites, along with links for marathon results and photos. Here is to running and being healthy!

2009 Pasadena Marathon — A crowd of over 8,000 runners, walkers and cyclists will hit the streets of Pasadena, California, Sunday morning to compete in the 2009 inaugural Pasadena marathon, half marathon, bike tour, 5K and fun run/walk. The 26.2 mile full marathon and 13.1 mile half marathon will begin at 6:30 a.m. in Pasadena, CA. Weather forecasts show a 70% chance of precipitation and possible thunderstorms, but race events will continue rain or shine.

Los Angeles Marathon & Chiropractic — (2006) I have been running for years, so it is only natural that Los Angeles runners continue to show up in our chiropractic office. Most of those that are referred by fellow runners already have an idea of my philosophy towards the sport. I still get new people coming through the front door that don’t know about my excitement for running.

Twitter Search Brings Local Marathon Online — There’s been much discussion the past few weeks regarding the micro blogging service Twitter as a real time search engine. While the debate continues (I say it’s a human powered search help tool) I’ll keep “searching” the real-time events I’m interested in. For me, Twitter has become the first place I go to find the latest up to date information, and a runners marathon in Pasadena, CA, provides an excellent localized example, of why I love it so much.

Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco — San Francisco: Massive crowds gathered today in San Francisco’s Union Square district in preperation for Sundays October 21st Nike Women’s Marathon. Thousands of women were getting registered, receiving foot massages, back rubs, pedicures, and getting treated to beverages such as Jamba Juice smoothies.

2008 Philadelphia Marathon — An estimated 18000 runners are expected to participate in today’s 2008 Philadelphia Marathon, which starts at 7am at 22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the city of Philadelphia, PA. The event is sold out and weather is looking perfect for the race. Current morning temps are expected to be in the low 40’s with around 50% humidity. Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy throughout race day. The Philadelphia Marathon is considered a Boston Qualifier, and it’s likely a number of qualifiers from Philly will head to the 2009 Boston Marathon.

Chiropractic Non-Profit in 2009 Chicago Marathon — This year’s Chicago Marathon will feature its’ first Chiropractic running team. Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization (NPCO) is excited to announce its’ participation in the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon being held on Sunday, October 11, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. As a Contributing Charity, NPCO has committed to recruiting a team of 70 runners to “run with a vision.”

For those of you in SoCal, watch for 2009 OC Marathon race info (May 3), LA Marathon 2009 (May 25), and San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon (May 31), all taking place during the month of May.