Every year, people all around the world train hard to not only compete in any one of the thousands of races that are being held on a daily basis, but they also manage to finish those races. Anyone can compete in a race, but it takes a special kind of individual to gut out a race and see it to the end.
And that’s why these people should be celebrated—regardless of whether they came in first or came in dead last. Fortunately, there is a holiday that does celebrate the people who compete in and finish races. This holiday is called Finisher’s Medal Day and it’s a day that’s celebrated annually on the first Sunday in March.
The History Of Finisher’s Medal Day
This holiday was created by the Little Rock Marathon—a marathon that first began in 2003 and offers races for all ages. They created this holiday in 2017 and it’s been celebrated ever since then.
Fun Facts About Marathons
Even though just about everyone knows the definition of a marathon, we think there are a few things about the history of the organization of these marathons that people might not be aware of. That’s why we’ve listed the following facts. We sincerely hope that they help to enlighten everyone about marathons, how they’re run, and the history behind them.
- Pheidippides was a Greek soldier who ran 25-miles from the battle of Marathon to Athens to deliver a message. This was the first “marathon.”
- Unfortunately, Pheidippides collapsed and died after his run. However, he did finish.
- Dean Karnazes ran 50 marathons in 50 days in all 50 U.S states.
Observing Finisher’s Medal Day
This holiday can be observed by taking the time to honor everyone who enrolls, competes, and finished a race. It’s also a good day for a person to become a finisher themselves and try to complete a race. People can also use the hashtag #FinishersMedalDay to spread the word about this holiday every March.
When is Finisher’s Medal Day?
|This year (2023)||March 5 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2024)||March 3 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2022)||March 6 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|