Friday, August 20, 2010


Another running tidbit from the pages of Runner's World - apparently there are people making a push to change the name of the half marathon race distance to a "pikermi." Here's the website for their group, who think that calling the half a "half" denigrates what is a good, challenging race distance.

They chose the term pikermi as a tip of the hat to the original marathon - which, of course, was named after the Greek city of Marathon, from which a Greek soldier ran the 26 miles to Athens in 490 BC. Halfway along this route is the town of Pikermi (pronounced pee-CARE-mee.)

I've got to say, I'm not sure about this word. It makes me think "piker mile" - piker meaning "a person who does anything in a contemptibly small or cheap way." That almost seems worse to me than just calling it a half. What do you guys think?

And cheers to Mike at, who beat me to this post. Hope you're having a nice vacation -


ivy said...

What are you training for? A Pikermi. what a silly idea.

avi said...

i think Pikerme does sound silly, but i agree that half marathon does make it sound like it is less than the full marathon. Which obviously it is, but people run them for different reasons.

SnowLeopard said...

Hm. I always thought that a half marathon still sounded impressive because it still included the huge distance word "marathon" in it. :) I think the non-running world will be very confused with this new term, and like we're Trying to intimidate them with new vocabulary. That's just me though. That said, it was a pretty ingenious way to think up a half distance with another Greek town half way there... Nice map BTW- it always helps me to have a visual! :)