Having sponsors at a marathon are very important and some people may not even be able to participate without having a sponsor. There is usually an entry fee for the participant to be in either the marathon or the half marathon. Some participants may want to compete but do not have the funds to cover the fees. A sponsor would then cover the fee for the participant and in exchange the participant may wear a t-shirt or hat with that sponsors logo.
Local businesses may even sponsor the marathon itself. The money that is given to the marathon goes towards operating costs. Most foundations that have marathons are non-profit organizations so they do not have a substantial amount of money to throw around for events.
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Do’s and Don’ts
- Warm up properly and make sure you stretch a lot.
- Wear appropriate gear and keep it clean and in good order.
- Keep more than one pair of shoes on the go at a time.
- Keep a record of your training and diet.
- Bolt out of the door and sprint down the road without warming up.
- Wear old worn shoes or brand new shoes, this will cause injury.
- Run only on roads; get on the grass whenever you can.
- Eat too much fatty food or drink a lot of alcohol.
- Train if you’re ill or injured, it will make things worse.