The Marathon promises to be a magnificent event with over 35,000 people expected to take part. It is ideal if you're interested in running or fitness for both participants and onlookers.
All money raised will go to aid The London Marathon Charitable Trust which in turn awards grants for recreational projects around London. Any money raised by runners goes directly to the charity they have chosen to sponsor.
The London Marathon is a popular road marathon that has been held each year in London since 1981, usually in April. The race is currently sponsored by Virgin Money, as the Virgin London Marathon and the Cavendish London is one of the top hotels for London Marathon 2013 located close to this years run.
The 2012 London Marathon was held on Sunday 22 April. In addition to being one of the top five international marathons run over the traditional distance of 42.195 km (26 miles and 385 yards), the London Marathon is also a large, celebratory sporting festival, second only to the Great North Run in Newcastle, in terms of the number of participants. It is one of the World Marathon Majors, a two-year series of elite marathon racing that also includes the Boston, Chicago, New York and Berlin marathons. An unusual feature is the very large amounts of money raised for charity, much more than other marathons. According to the race organisers, it is now the largest annual fund raising event in the world with the 2006 participants raising over £41.5 million for charity, bringing the total amount raised for charity by runners, to a grand total of £315 million. In 2007, 78% of all runners raised money.
Since the first marathon, the course has undergone very few route changes. In 1982, the finishing post was moved from Constitution Hill to Westminster Bridge due to construction works. It remained there for twelve years before moving to its present location at The Mall. In 2005, the route around the Isle of Dogs between 14 and 21 miles was switched from a clockwise to an anti-clockwise direction, and at 22 miles the route was diverted to avoid the cobblestoned area near the Tower of London. In 2008, a suspected gas leak at a pub in Wapping diverted the course, but in 2009 the race followed the same path as in 2007.
This year the marathon will take place on Sunday 21st April 2013. everyone in the race will be running for something, whether it is for personal achievement, raising money for charity or just an excuse to run in fancy dress, the 2013 Virgin London Marathon promises to be a spectacular event. This year will also see the great Mo Farrah participating in aid of charity. The Cavendish hotel London is also located close to all the goings on for this years London Marathon.
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