Originally Posted by Purple Rainbow
That means the world will end today, right?
By the looks of it, this isn't really a marathon. It's more like a 42k steeple chase. Without the hurdles, obviously.
The marathon is a great advertisement for London, by the way. Not that they need any advertisement, but still.
Is it the same course as the yearly London marathon?
The Olympic Marathon traditionally ends in the Olympic stadium but the annual London Marathon ends on The Mall. However the section along the Victoria Embankment and as far as the Mall duplicates the finishing stretch of the London Marathon.
Though the revised Olympic route finishes in The Mall, it still differs from the London Marathon course which starts in Greenwich. The logistical problems behind the design of the London Marathon course (35,000 runners of mixed ability) are very different from those behind the design of the London Olympic Marathon course (100 top-class runners) and therefore it is highly unlikely that the London Marathon would follow the Olympic route, as happened in Atlanta from 1997 to 2009. Then, the Atlanta Marathon followed most of the Olympic route except for the start and finish which were in the car park of the stadium, which had since been converted to baseball use.