I don't care what this ad says....being able to say you completed a marathon is a big deal.
Do they have any idea what it takes for some people to "mosey" across that finish line in 7 hours? It takes everything they have...that's what. 26.2 miles is a big deal.
Running a marathon as a bucket list item is NOT disrespect. Walking instead of running is NOT disrespect.
Disrespect: lacking respect
Respect: for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person lity or ability, or something manifestation of a personal quality or ability
Running the marathon just to say you did it, is no different than saying you did it with a 5 min mile average pace. It's just a matter of different goals for different people.
Pheidippides ran to Athens to deliver an important message. I get that.
But...he didn't win a big cash prize at the end. There wasn't a fancy finisher's medal or a wicking tshirt waiting at the end.
I also think he died after delivering the message. Do we all have to complete that little bit of history in order to respect the marathon?
I think not.
So Pearl Izumi....long walk, short pier. Thank you very much.
(climbing down off of soap box)