Marathon 42k ( / any distance race 5k / 10k / 21k )
for an activity which is basic locomotive foundation of Humans ( walking / running )
Ita not the race it’s the commitment, persistence & hard-work done that gives immense joy and changes one’s lifestyle completely for a specific duration ( 4-6 months ideally for a full marathon ) which in result changes every cell of the body and mould us as resilient and hardworking humans.
That’s why distance running is most desirable and fulfilling sport for general public.
Most of the sports are spectator sports. Be it football, cricket, badminton, hockey etc etc. where you can sit have a drink and cheer for others…
Distance running is the largest participant sport on this planet.