Google “marathon training” and you’ll get 83,500,000 results in seconds.  You’ll find programmes to download, others to buy and a huge range of images all outlining ways to train for a marathon.  A similar search for “triathlon training” reveals 17,900,000 results.

Endurance events worldwide attract participants at all fitness levels and many websites now include training programmes available on entry.

Some events, such as New Zealand’s Auckland Marathon, provide a series of lead up running events to help people prepare for their big day.

Other events have bloggers or ambassadors to inspire and encourage.  Munich Marathon, in Germany, had a TV personality chart his progress this year from couch potato to marathon runner.  He finished proudly in 5:29:49

Perhaps 2014 will be your marathon year.  There’s a world of support behind you.  

The Baker’s Delight is not for the faint-hearted but if you’re a keen mountain biker, these boulders certainly get the adrenaline pumping. 

The CamelBak Highland Fling is a thrilling MTB marathon in the New South Wales Southern Highlands, Australia.

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