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Hike a Marathon

While the marathon is not part of the Canada Summer Games, it has been a key part of sports for a very long time. A marathon is just over 42 km long. If you had to think of the ultimate Scouting Marathon in which your Troop would take part, what would it be?

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Plan

  • What will your route be for your marathon?
  • How much time do you expect your marathon to take? Will you make this an overnight adventure?
  • What will you need to pack? What equipment do you need?
  • How will you accomplish this marathon? Will you run? Hike? Bike? Canoe? Dogsled? Snowshoe?
  • How will you prepare for this marathon?
  • How will you celebrate at the finish line?

Do

  • Use a map to see how far 42km really is. What is 42km away from your meeting place?
  • If you were to cover 42km as a team or Section, how would you like to do it?
  • Plan a trip (or multiple trips!) to cover 42km by the method you have chosen.
  • Break it up into a series of day trips or a few overnight trips if 42km is too much to do all at once!
  • Keep track of your distance over time and celebrate when you hit 42km!

Review

  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How did it feel to complete your marathon?
  • What do you think it would feel like to run a full marathon?
  • What did you find most challenging about this adventure?
  • What kind of training and preparation would you do if you ran in a full marathon?

Keep it Simple

  • 42km might be a long distance on foot or by canoe, but it’s not too far by bike! Plan a bike adventure that will take you the distance of a marathon. Did 42km feel longer or shorter than you expected?

Take it Further

  • While 42km might seem like a long way to hike or paddle, it’s not too long when broken up over a few days. Plan a hiking or paddling trip that will take you approximately 42km. How does it feel to do 42km of hiking or paddling?