Running marathons is a popular sport, whether they are by themselves or in combination with other sports. Learning how to be safe while running a marathon can begin in school, or on your own. Skills in marathon running become sharper over time. Preparation does takes time, because you can't just go out on the road and run 26.2 miles. Run with a friend or two, and encourage each other. There is safety in numbers, and encouragement, too. Taking the time to learn proper marathon safety will pay off for you.
Marathon safety begins with proper shoes. Due to the fact that marathons are run over a 26.2 mile course, having a sturdy pair of shoes is imperative. Shoes for marathons are also built differently, being designed for long-distance running. Stay hydrated, and choose the right clothes. Pay attention to the weather, because running in a thunderstorm is not any fun, and can be quite dangerous. Excessive wind or rain can not only slow down runners, but bring about unsafe conditions to run in. On the other hand, high temperatures can be equally dangerous as well. Knowing the location and area that the marathon is going to be run in is imperative. Will there be a lot of hills and valleys to deal with? Safety is important to think about here because of the need to slow up and down. If there are going to be a lot of curves or sharp turns in the area, safety also has to be considered. Staying on course at all times also is a safety issue. Getting lost can be a big problem.