Space Marathons Are Already Famous As Space Sports
Space marathons are among the competitive space sports whose practitioners include astronauts and cosmonauts during their tours on the International Space Station or during their walks in space or on the moon.
Audio-visual contact with the International Space Station brings Earthlings news of Timothy Nigel Peake, European Space Agency astronaut from Chichester, Sussex, England, completing a space marathon. Major Peake’s successful competition April 24, 2016, in the 42.195-kilometer (26.219-mile), 36th London Marathon counts as the second space-based participation in a world-famous long-distance running event.
Sunita Lyn Williams of Euclid, Ohio, deserves honors as the first space-based marathoner during a 1998 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Group-selected membership of Expedition 14. United States Navy Captain Williams’ pioneer run April 16, 2007, endows the 111th Boston Marathon with the status of first long-distance race with a space-based participant.