Finisher’s Medal Day

Every year, people all around the world train hard not only to compete in one of the thousands of races held daily but also 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 through to the end.

And that’s why these people should be celebrated—regardless of whether they came in first or last. Fortunately, there is a holiday that celebrates the people who compete in and finish races. This holiday is called Finisher’s Medal Day, and it’s celebrated annually on the first Sunday in March.

The History of Finisher’s Medal Day

The Little Rock Marathon, which began in 2003 and offers races for all ages, created this holiday in 2017, and it has been celebrated ever since.

Fun Facts About Marathons

Although just about everyone knows what a marathon is, we think there are a few things about the history and organization of these events that people might not be aware of. That’s why we’ve listed the following facts. We sincerely hope 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 run was the inspiration for the first “marathon.”
  • Unfortunately, Pheidippides collapsed and died after his run. However, he did finish.
  • Dean Karnazes ran 50 marathons in 50 days across 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 finishes a race. It’s also a good day for a person to become a finisher themselves by attempting to complete a race. People can also use the hashtag #FinishersMedalDay to spread the word about this holiday every March.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 3 Sunday
Next year (2025)
March 2 Sunday
Last year (2023)
March 5 Sunday
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