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 Runningisfunny.com, who beat me to this post. Hope you're having a nice vacation -