Communal fitness challenge the Marcothon will get underway for a fourth year in December. The task requires you to run a minimum of three miles or 25 minutes (whichever comes first) and lasts from 1 December to 31 December. And yes, that includes Christmas day.
The challenge started in 2009 when Garscube Harrier, Marco Consani, challenged himself to run every day in November which inspired his wife Debbie to follow suit the next month. Debbie named the challenge 'Marcothon' and posted about it on her blog. Soon after, several runners decided to join in and since then the challenge has grown in popularity with hundreds of runners from across the globe taking part and nearly 1000 people liking the event's Facebook page. Debbie spoke to scottishrunningguide.com about the task's success.
Debbie said: "The response to the Marcothon has been overwhelming. Even the runners who haven't signed up before are keen to participate after missing out on all the fun and banter in previous years.
"It's great that it attracts different levels of abilities - from beginners to international athletes - who all share the common goal of surviving 31 consecutive days of running through winter conditions and party overindulgence. The camaraderie and support is amazing. Come 1 January, I miss my fellow Marcothoners."
Debbie was also quick to point out that the Marcothon is not a competition, just a personal challenge or an incentive to burn off some beer and turkey dinners. For more information visit the Marcothon website.