A marathon is 26.2 miles. No matter how you look at it a marathon is not a marathon unless the distance is 26 miles 385 yards. It wouldn't be a marathon if it was 25 miles, no, it is 26.2 no more and no less. Although the marathon's distance of 26.2 miles is the same-the runners who run it are all different. Runners jog or walk up to the starting line, confident, scared, relaxed, worried, calm or excited-every runner is different. Every runner runs for different reasons, to loose weight, to accomplish a goal, to raise money for a cause-everyone has their own reasons. As every runner gathers at the starting line, heart pounding, mind focused, we all bring our reasons, our feelings and our story with us.