Grueling half-marathons deserve respect, runners say
Aug 10, 2012 1:29 PM - The half-marathon: It's the race that will kill you and still earn you no respect. It doesn't have an Olympic equivalent; it doesn't even have a name of its own. Yet runners sprint to sign up for it in far greater numbers than its prestigious sibling, the marathon. First-timers tend to think a grueling 13.1 miles shouldn't be called "half" of anything, while veterans think loping to the finish line in an hour and a half makes for an easygoing Sunday morning.